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"Dr. Pearlman's book offers parenting advice that is effective in every situation. Chock-full of practical applications, this book will help you ease out of those challenging situations every parent faces."

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  • A Crowded Space

    The ballroom was packed. Extra chairs were nudged in at each table. I sat in the way back of the room listening to Juliana Margulies talk about motherhood and acting. Scanning the crowd I saw…

  • Real Mom Confessions

    In the days after giving birth to my first child I cried. Oh, yes, there were tons of tears. I cried because the pain of the episiotomy was unbearable. I cried because I couldn’t poop. And I cried…

  • I Quit: 8 Tasks I am No Longer Doing For My Children

    I’m going on strike. I mean it. I’m done with hands-on mothering. Not because I dislike being a mom. I love being a mom but I loathe being a maid. Do this. Do that. Pick this up. Pick that up. I…

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Dear Family Coach

  • A Solo Concert and a Bully Intervention for 05/20/2017
    on May 20, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Dear Family Coach: My daughter is turning 13 in a few weeks. Instead of a party, she wants to attend a Green Day concert without me. She'd like to invite two other girls to join her. I don't feel she […]

  • A Large Bank Account and a Fallen Hero for 05/19/2017
    on May 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Dear Family Coach: My 18-year-old son was in a terrible car accident a few years ago, and he received a large cash settlement. Since I am listed on his bank account, I can see how he is spending his […]

  • Choosing a College and a Religious Divide for 05/13/2017
    on May 13, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Dear Family Coach: The time has come for my son to choose a college. He has it in his head that he wants to attend a small rural liberal arts college with limited offerings. My husband and I think […]

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