July 29, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Kathlena The Allergy Chef on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Kathlena The Allergy Chef has more than 200 food allergies and intolerances. Several of her allergies are life-threatening. She has a handful of safe foods to eat, and one source of safe water. Additionally, most of the members of her household also have food allergies and special diets, none of them the same. After being given 30 days to live, she… Read more

July 26, 2019

The benefits of self-control, while timeless in nature, have fallen out of favor in today’s ultra-busy, ultra-competitive environment. This video gives numerous ways to help your kids develop mastery of themselves.   Read more

July 22, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with David Cary on my podcast, You’ve Got This. David, his wife, Valerie, and their son, Trenton, have two decades of pediatric hospital experience from the standpoint of the “customer.” Trenton received a heart transplant just before his first birthday; he was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year of high school; and he had a second heart transplant while in college. Over those years, David and his family learned to navigate… Read more

July 19, 2019

Parents often plan how many kids to have based on the number of children they think they can handle. Sometimes, that number is influenced by their own childhoods or by seeing how the children of relatives or friends behave. What parents usually fail to consider is what a healthy relationship with brothers and sisters gives a child. Almost from the time of our birth, we share with siblings our most intimate thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Together, we explore, collaborate, conspire,… Read more

July 15, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Aurora Satler on my podcast, “You’ve Got This.” Aurora is the author of The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook. For five years, Aurora worked as the creative director of Many Kitchens, an e-commerce site devoted to promoting the best small-batch artisanal food throughout the nation. Previously, Aurora owned her own New York City catering company and wrote for Chile Pepper Magazine. She lives in NYC with her two small children, and continues… Read more

July 12, 2019

“It’s not fair!” is one of the rallying cries of childhood. At any given moment, somewhere in the world, a child is sure he’s not getting a fair shake. Practicing the fairness doctrine doesn’t lead to generosity and gentleness of spirit but to grumbling and hoarding. Among siblings, pursuit of fairness as a parent can create conflict, frustration, and disappointment because each child will be constantly assessing everything to make sure things are distributed evenly. In this video, I provide… Read more

July 8, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Lettice Barnum on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Lettice is a busy stay-at-home mom to five young children, including four wildly energetic boys and one incredibly loved baby girl. She and her husband, Ryan, are co-founders of Achieving Family Goals, where they blog about all things goal-related. They chronicle the experiences and lessons learned from working on their own 100 Life Goals list, while encouraging others to do the same by… Read more

July 5, 2019

Parents have been picking favorites from among their children since time began—to disastrous consequences. Patterns of favoritism can become ingrained in the family fabric, but the fluidity of family life may help to balance out those preferences. In this video, let’s examine in detail some of the ways we can put the lid on preferences in our families. Read more

June 28, 2019

Sibling competition has been around as long as there have been siblings. Competition often begins as soon as a new sibling arrives at the home. However, not all competition between siblings is unhealthy. All parents have the urge to put our children into neat little boxes—the smart one, the funny one, the creative one, or the athletic one. Even if we never consciously say the words aloud, these labels often are heard and understood by our children loud and clear…. Read more

June 24, 2019

The following is an excerpt from my interview with Alexandra Fung on my podcast, You’ve Got This. Alexandra is the co-founder and CEO of Upparent.com, a website that makes it easy for parents to discover and share recommendations with one another about local things to do, places to go and products to try as a family, including volunteer opportunities. Family and community have long been central to Alex’s life. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and NYU School… Read more

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