“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

How Can We Talk to Kids About Shootings? We Can’t.

I’m so sick of writing useless commentaries on how parents can talk to their kids about the latest episode of senseless violence. At this point, when there’s a shooting (at school or in a church or at a concert), there are no good ways to talk to kids. Could this...

When One Teen Suicide Turns Into A Cluster

Over winter break a child at my daughter’s school died by suicide. Grief counseling was offered. Within one month on January 22, 2018 a girl was found dead in a nearby park by suicide. She was 13. Only five days later a child in another nearby town died by suicide....

The Best Drone for Kids, Ever!

My son, Emmett, absolutely loves anything remote controlled. He loved little RC cars, and now he loves drones. Over the years we have been through many. That's because most of them last a few days to weeks. Inevitably, the propellers twist or there’s a mysterious...

Eating Paper and Test Anxiety for 02/17/2018

Eating Paper and Test Anxiety for 02/17/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My 7-year-old son is always ripping the pages off of books and eating them. All the corners are gone and eaten. I have no idea what to do about this, or if I should...

Broken Cellphone and Therapy-Averse Dad for 02/10/2018

Broken Cellphone and Therapy-Averse Dad for 02/10/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I know my son broke his cellphone on purpose so he could get a newer one. He denies it, but I have proof. He needs a phone. But I'm hesitant to get this for...

A Prying Parent and a Persuasive Son for 02/03/2018

A Prying Parent and a Persuasive Son for 02/03/2018 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I ask my fifth-grader obsessively about her day — who did she eat lunch with? Who did she hang with on the playground? Where was Girl X? Who did Girl Y hang out...

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