“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

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 hundreds of women who, more or less, do a similar version of what I do....

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 because my life seemed foreign and totally out of my control. Then I...

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 used to be “Mommy.” Now I’m “Hey, Lady with the Frying Pan—Can You Come...

An Older Boyfriend and Comic Fans for 11/18/2017

An Older Boyfriend and Comic Fans for 11/18/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: My daughter is a very mature and responsible 20-year-old. She lives at college, works part time and is involved in many community programs. Recently, she told me...

Back to An Unstable Mother and Quitting Baseball for 11/17/2017

Back to An Unstable Mother and Quitting Baseball for 11/17/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: I've been raising my granddaughter for almost 17 years. My daughter wanted very little to do with her. Now she has money coming in, and she wants...

Unsupervised Parties and A Control Freak for 11/11/2017

Unsupervised Parties and A Control Freak for 11/11/2017 Dear Family Coach Dear Family Coach: This year we moved our two high school kids to a new area. Both kids report having no friends. It's been a difficult transition. They say the only way they...

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