“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.”

—Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Catherine Pearlman, PHD, LCSW

What I Won’t Miss About Elementary School

  This year my kids both moved up schools. My son is now a 6th grader in middle school and my daughter is in 9th at a new high school. The other day I drove by the local elementary school and thought I would feel a pang of sadness to be finished with that part of...

Buying A Car and Gender Roles

  Growing up there were three ways I learned that gender roles are fluid. 1.     My mother worked for most of my early years. As a child, I probably couldn’t tell you what she did at her job. But I knew she worked on computers (still a male dominated field) and...

My Kid Went To Camp, That’s All I Knew

I put my son on bus for sleepaway camp. After that I had absolutely no idea if he was alive. I didn’t know if he was eating or homesick or suffering from 1,000 bee stings. I. KNEW. NOTHING. The reason I was agonizingly ignorant of my son’s whereabouts was because his...

Jewish but Not Religious, and Chores for 09/23/2017

Jewish but Not Religious, and Chores for 09/23/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My family is Jewish but not religious. Most of us are atheist or agnostic. We still celebrate all of the holidays because we consider ourselves culturally...

Rigid Bedtime and Postered Walls for 09/22/2017

Rigid Bedtime and Postered Walls for 09/22/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My sister-in-law keeps her 1-year-old daughter on the strictest schedule. She has to put her down for a nap and down to bed at exactly the right time. She freaks...

A Slob and a Deliberately Unhelpful Daughter for 09/16/2017

A Slob and a Deliberately Unhelpful Daughter for 09/16/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My teen son is a slob, and it drives me insane. The other day I decided to help him clean up. It took us four hours, but everything had a place and the...

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