April 4, 2018

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Failing is an important experience for kids to have, yet letting them fail goes against the central tenet of being a parent: making sure our children […]
December 5, 2017

Be Careful!

If I had a dollar for everytime I warned my kids to be careful I’d be a wealthy woman. Isn’t it the default parent response when […]
November 30, 2017

Why Didn't I Think of That?

Being a parent often feels like being a mix of a motivational speaker, stand-up comedian, and drill sergeant. Sometimes I speak without thinking first — never […]
November 13, 2017

Mom, What is a Learning Disability?

Even though your child realizes it’s harder for him to concentrate and focus in school than his classmates, or is aware that she has more trouble […]
November 6, 2017

Magical Thinking

Dear Cathi- My mother recently passed away after several months of decline from an illness. My five-year-old, Max, was upset that I was spending so much […]
October 30, 2017


Praising your child is always a good thing, right? Well, it turns out that for learning and attention-challenged kids effort-based praise is often more meaningful and […]
October 23, 2017

Carrying Shame

Shameful feelings stick with us as if they’re glued to our insides. They can distort how we feel about ourselves and impact choices we make as […]
October 16, 2017

It’s Okay To Be Bored!

As a parent, hearing the refrain, “I’m bored” makes us want to leap into action to figure out an activity to keep our kid entertained. But, […]
October 9, 2017

Happiness Is…

Happiness: it’s been endlessly written about, researched, been the theme of movies, and the promised goal of self-help seminars. Its pursuit is even written into the […]