Moms Lie: Surprised?

We all lie. Even the most truthful of us have told a fib at one time or another. Ever have a telemarketer call the house and you pretend you aren’t you? Or when your mother calls, you tell your spouse to tell her you’re busy?  We tend to think of these as unimportant mistruths, that […]

Media and Tween Girls: Creating a Positive Influence

11 year-olds are getting bikini waxes.  9 year-olds are weight conscious (and some, by this age, have already dieted).  According to a recent survey on Yahoo! Shine, 25% of tweens and teens consider plastic surgery based on what they see on television.  The Girl Scout Research Institute, in talking with tween and teen girls about […]

Parents vs. Grandparents: How to find balance

Grandparents are important in children’s lives, but the relationship between grandparents and the parents can sometimes be difficult. The best grandchild/grandparent relationships are those that are encouraged by the parent, who then steps back and lets them unfold. Of course, this is not always easy, especially if you don’t always agree with the things YOUR […]

Combating “Princess Syndrome”

You may not find it in a medical textbook, but many young girls suffer from Princess Syndrome daily.  What is Princess Syndrome, you ask?  A girl who suffers from PS lives life as a fairy-tale: focusing only on the pretty things, putting herself as the center of the universe, and obsessing about her looks (even […]

Working Mothers: No Negative Impact

For a long time, working mothers have been worried that they were lacking as parents, that they were not good enough parents, and that they were negatively impacting their children.  Unfortunately, much of this belief was perpetuated in the media and in some research.  New information has come to light, however, that can reassure women […]

Do 7 year-olds need Shape Ups?

Skechers created a shoe, the Shape Up, for adults that’s aim is to tighten up legs, derrieres and tighten one’s core muscles. They just added children’s sizes to the line, specifically marketing them to girls 7 to 12 years of age. Is this just another example of focusing on appearance, providing the message to girls […]

TV May Be Harming Your Children

We’ve all heard about the downsides of too much television watching for children, but a recent study highlighted some of the potential medial issues that can make television watching even more concerning. I sat down with Jennifer Ashton, CBS’ Medical Correspondent and The Early Show’s Erica Hill to talk about the medical and psychological issues […]

Parenting Priorities

Making sacrifices for your kids is a core component of being a parent, but it can cross the line and actually be detrimental. Current research shows that in an effort to become the best parent that one can be, parents have tipped the scale and are now actually over-parenting. What we have come to know […]

A Mother’s Tragic Choice

I was on The Early Show speaking with Erica Hill and Kevin Ryan, the president of Covenant House, a child-care agency, about Kristin LaBrie. LaBrie is a Massachusetts mother who has been charged with attempted murder for withholding cancer medications from her autistic son, who was 9 years old when he died of leukemia in […]

Paralyzed Mom Wins Visitation

In an excellent decision by a judge, Abbie Dorn, a mother of triplets who was paralyzed during child birth, was awarded visitation with her children. Ms. Dorn delivered two of her three children without incident. When her last child was being delivered, the doctor nicked her uterine lining, causing her to bleed excessively and suffer […]

Parents and Teens: Sharing Alcohol?

A recent study revealed that many parents believe it is okay to provide alcohol to their children, mostly as a way to introduce them to it and, hopefully, de-mystify it. In fact, in 31 states, parents can legally serve alcohol to their children. There are pros and cons to the idea of giving one’s child […]

Talking to Kids about the Tsunami

Disasters occur. We have all seen it happen: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in Haiti, and now the Tsunami in Japan. It’s often difficult to know how to speak with children about these situations. Emotional reactions to these types of situations will vary in nature and severity from child to child. These responses are impacted by […]

Discipline: When does it go too far?

Recently, there have been many reports of parents going to far with their disciplinary practices.  Not only are they publicly disciplining their children, they are then broadcasting the punishment online in some way.  One mother recently had her daughter tape her (the mother) punishing her son in a very abrasive, abusive way.  First, she had […]

What should parents do? MTV’s Skins and teens.

MTV premiered their new show, Skins, on Monday, the 17th.  The show is adapted from the BBC version of the same name and follows 9 teenagers throughout their final 2 years of high school.  The show pushes the envelope in many ways, showing the impulsive, reckless side of being a teen.  These teens sneak out, […]

When to Test for ADHD

The discussion about whether or not a child has ADHD is ongoing, and often it is difficult to determine when behavior crosses the line from “typical” childhood excitement and fun to problematic.  There are warning signs to look for, and parenting magazine put out a great article highlighting the specific things that may indicate an […]

Parenting Preschoolers: Some valuable information

In doing some research for various things, I came across two very good articles that can help parents of preschoolers.  The first article focuses on common mistakes parents make with their 3-5 year olds and ways to be more skillful and effective parents.  WebMD put together some great tips on ways to help make parenting […]

The Smoking Baby: Lessons For Parents

Over the past couple of weeks, the airwaves have been abuzz about the Indonesian toddler who smokes up to 2 packs a day. CBS went to Indonesia to see the truth of the story and to see how Aldi is today.  What they found was a happy toddler, who’s parents are doing the best they […]

Tips for Parent’s Who Can’t Unplug

We spend a lot of time talking about how much media our children use…how many hours of TV they watch, how much computer time they use and how many texts they send in an hour.  But, have parents stopped to look at how much time THEY spend on their smart phones and computers?  If they […]

Preventing sibling rivalry

Preparing for the arrival of your second child is very exciting.  It’s important not only to prepare yourself and your home, but to also prepare your first born, who will soon not be the “only” but the “oldest.” As part of Maggie Rodriguez’s Early Show “Mom’s Club”, I shared some ideas as to how to […]

Too much, too soon?

I got to participate in a 2 part segment this week focusing on when it’s “too much, too soon?” Michelle Miller, of CBS, interviewed middle schoolers and freshmen in Hackensack and talked about digital media, dating and sex. The candid responses of the kids involved are terrific and really do shed some light on how […]