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Advice for preventing loneliness and isolation after having a baby

Julia Kristina Mah, MA, RCC
Psychotherapist
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My Child Has Come Out--Now What?

Frank J. Sileo, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Bonnie Harris's picture

Allowances can teach kids how to manage, save and value money

Bonnie Harris
Director of Connective Parenting
Ernie Vecchio's picture

Everyone can play a parenting role to help teens stay connected

Ernie L. Vecchio
Author, Psychologist, & Speaker
Rena GoldwasserANDKimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi's picture

Prepare daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives through empowerment

Rena Goldwasser and Kimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi
Retired State of CT Judicial Branch Program Manager, Executive Director
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Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering

Terri Fedonczak
Martha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author
Jeffrey Froh AND Giacomo Bono's picture

Teach gratitude to your children through everyday interactions

Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono
Authors of “Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character”
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How can parents help their children enhance motivation and focus?

Tim Elmore
Founder and President of Growing Leaders
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Being a Better Parent

There are many different ways to raise kids. Parenting is not a one-size-fits-all approach, with just one formula that works for all kids. Rather, studies show that parents who tailor their parenting style to their child’s unique personality and specific needs are better parents—with less depression and anxiety. Because different styles work for different kids, our experts offer a plethora of advice to help you become a stronger, more effective parent to your children.

Advice for preventing loneliness and isolation after having a baby

Parenting is the most challenging, as well as the most rewarding, job. And nothing can prepare you for becoming a first-time parent.

For the majority of people, it is intense in every sense of the word. There are few things that will cause you greater joy and deeper love, followed closely by feelings of intense frustration and utter despair -- other than the first few months with your newborn. This is made all the more intense by the sleep deprivation that comes with these tiny packages. And nothing can prepare you.

Julia Kristina Mah, MA, RCCPsychotherapist

Julia holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who runs and vibrant private practice in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. She has been helping men and women feel better and notice positive and...

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Keep your family's computers safe and information secure online

It seems a day doesn’t go by without hearing about another digital security breach. Target’s credit card hack shocked the world when it was revealed that personal information of 40 million individuals was exposed. When the Heartbleed security flaw was discovered, it rendered the encrypted user data of half a million websites open to anyone simply looking for it. Not to mention a Russian cybercrime ring stole an estimated 1.2 billion internet user and password combinations, which is one of the largest intellectual property thefts to happen.

Alain GhiaiCEO

Alain Ghiai is the Chairman of GlobeX Data S.A., a Swiss secure cloud services technology group incorporated and based in Switzerland with distribution partnerships in Switzerland, the USA, Canada, the MENA region, South Africa, Australia and Ja...

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Everyone can play a parenting role to help teens stay connected

Since the horrific shootings at Columbine High School, there have been a string of similar tragedies. While the media searches for explanations, nothing anyone can say provides comfort to those who are suffering. The theme remains the same: Human beings are hurting other human beings with little understanding of how or why. Could it be as simple as we need to take better care of each other?

Ernie L. VecchioAuthor, Psychologist, & Speaker

Ernie Vecchio, author, psychologist, and speaker is bringing groundbreaking insights to the public about a new wisdom on human suffering. He states: “I want to lift this elusive veil that hides our potential, personal truth, and share a definiti...

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Help your kids make a positive difference through volunteering

Terri Fedonczak Martha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author Girl Power for Good

Summer is here. Do you really want your kids to spend their summer just watching television and playing video games? Why not let them be a superhero (cape optional) and help someone in the process? Support them in volunteering this summer, instead of growing roots on the couch. Use volunteering to teach your kids that life is about more than just filling your time--it is about filling your heart. The following suggestions will help your kids find an appropriate volunteering opportunity.

Terri FedonczakMartha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author

With 22 years of parenting experience and a certified life coach specializing in parent and teen coaching, Terri Fedonczak wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good. On a trip to South Africa, ...

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Teach gratitude to your children through everyday interactions

Over the past several years, we have heard a lot about the importance of gratitude. Science has shown it to be one of the most powerful human emotions we possess, and it can be cultivated by anyone. We know it is important because we know what the absence of gratitude looks like, such as entitled teens who sue their parents for tuition or spoiled pop stars giving attitude to authorities.

Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo BonoAuthors of “Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character”

Jeffrey Froh is an associate professor of psychology at Hofstra University. Formerly a practicing school psychologist, his research has appeared in more than 40 scientific journals and other publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The W...

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Mindful parenting: cultivate greater awareness, presence and joy

Mindfulness is the practice of being in the present moment and living your life with greater awareness, attention and intention. Using deep breathing techniques to root you to the here and now, mindfulness offers the tools to stop ruminating over the past and fearing the future, thus allowing yourself to greet each moment with non-judgmental awareness and compassion. This means having the ability to notice what is arising in the moment and then letting it go. You can see your thoughts and feelings exist just as they are without over identification or attachment.

Joree Rosenblatt, MAMindfulness Educator

Joree Rosenblatt has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and is currently completing her licensure towards becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. She works with individuals, couples and families, and is also the counselor onsite at an indepen...

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Nurturing yourself leads to nurturing the development of your kids

As we look outward into our life experience, we tend to feel as if what we need is somewhere outside of us. But what if the things we are looking for have been within us the entire time?
Defined as an awareness of the present moment with acceptance, mindful awareness allows us to nourish the self. When parents and teachers take care of themselves, it leads to the nurturing of the social and emotional development of our children.

Sally Seiffer, MSWSchool Social Worker and Registered Psychotherapist

In 1995 I graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois with a Bachelor’s in Science - Teacher Education...Physical Education to be more specific. I moved out to San Diego, California where I worked as an on site substitute teach...

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Teaching responsibility to children means holding them accountable

A recent survey of American college freshman revealed results that should concern every parent. The survey, which studied more than 9 million kids, confirmed that college students are more likely to call themselves superior and gifted—even though their test scores don’t reflect this subjective rating. In fact, their test scores actually show the opposite. Their time spent studying has decreased, their handwriting has become worse, and although they rate their drive to be successful as high, it was actually much lower. The survey shows that today’s kids expect more from doing less.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Enhance your family connections by adding the joy of laughter

Do you find yourself taking life too seriously? Does this affect your ability to be present and have fun with your children or partner? In this fast-paced world, it is important for us to find a way to slow down, laugh and lighten the load. Laughter facilitates family connection and perspective.

Lisa Tyndall, PhD, LMFTClinical Faculty Member

Lisa Tyndall, PhD is a Clinical Faculty member in the department of Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University and the Clinic Director of the ECU Family Therapy Clinic. Her speciality areas are Family Therapy and Medical ...

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Teaching girls the importance of learning to accept compliments

An important part of raising strong, confident girls is teaching them to accept compliments. Compliments are extremely positive because genuine compliments tell us that someone appreciates a look, skill or job we are doing. Learning how to accept compliments will make girls feel more confident in themselves. And understanding how to appreciate others appreciating you is part of being an emotionally healthy individual.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Making the journey of fatherhood rewarding for dads and kids

Eric Guy, LSW Chief Victory Officer, Center for Victory Center for Victory

Becoming a father is easy--for the few biological and mechanical minutes it requires. And becoming a dad also can be fun--when you know the secret. Dadhood can be the toughest, most rewarding job you will ever love, hate, resent and rejoice in. Sometimes all of these happen simultaneously, if you can believe that.

Eric Guy, LSWChief Victory Officer, Center for Victory

Eric Guy, MSW, LSW, is the Chief Victory Officer of Center for Victory based in Beaver Falls, PA. In addition to training internationally, Eric designs and facilitates training to assist various clientele and professionals within the mental heal...

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Prepare for and manage the challenges of parenting a preemie

Kimberly Powell Professor of Communication Studies, Parent of a Preemie, Author of Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies Luther College

When women are pregnant, they expect to carry their baby to full term. However, nearly 1 in 9 U.S. births are premature. Having a premature baby is a unique experience that can be scary, challenging and emotional--especially if you don’t know what to expect.

Kimberly Powell Professor of Communication Studies, Parent of a Preemie, Author of Living Miracles: Stories of Hope from Parents of Premature Babies

Kim Powell is a Professor of Communication Studies and Women & Gender Studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia in 1992. Powell teaches courses in public speaking, intercultural communication...

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Parenting strategies to discipline kids and help them thrive

There is no question that parenting is an extremely stressful job. After all, caring for another human being’s emotional and physical well-being for at least 18 years will definitely cause your stress levels to rise. And children can be exhausting, defiant, crazy-making and absolutely wonderful - all at the same time.

Zach Rawlings, MA, LPCChild, Individual, & Family Therapist

Zach holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor who primarily works with survivors of trauma and abuse in his private practice. In addition to practicing therapy, Zach is an adjunct f...

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Parental behavior can stimulate brain and body chemistry in kids

The way you interact with your child, the words you use, the type of conversations you have, the tone of your voice, your body language and the look on your face all have powerful effects on your child’s body and brain chemistry. In fact, it has been scientifically proven that every moment you spend with your child, you are either stimulating healthy chemicals in your child’s body and brain, or you are stimulating unhealthy stress chemistry. This means that parents are responsible for the chemicals flowing through their child’s body and brain.

Dr. Sandy Gluckman, PhD

Dr. Sandy Gluckman, is a Behavior and Health Coach for parents who have children that are struggling with learning, mood and behavior challenges. Her new book, Parents, Take CHARGE, has just been published. Dr. Sandy is revolutionizing th...

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Helping families manage stress throughout the holiday season

Despite nature’s call to slow down and hibernate, we tend to speed up and do even more during the holiday season. Family travels, holiday commitments, family expectations and dynamics, shopping, and end of school terms and corporate fiscal periods. It all adds up to an enormous amount of extra stress.

Lynea Gillen, LPC, RYT200Child & Family Counselor and Author of Yoga Calm for Children

Lynea is an innovator in the field of wellness education for youth. From it's development in a behavior classroom in a rural Oregon town ten years ago, her Yoga Calm program is now being used with tens of thousands of children each day in divers...

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Empowering mothers: The National Motherhood Decisions Survey

In conjunction with the StrongMoms Empower program, the National Motherhood Decisions Survey was conducted to gauge how moms feel supported or judged. This infographic illustrates the survey findings, which include: 95 percent of moms have felt judged or criticized; one in three moms makes parenting decisions to avoid criticism; nine out of ten moms notice a positive impact on kids when they feel supported.
Michele Borba, Ed.D.Author and Educator

Dr. Michele Borba is a parenting expert, psychologist and award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books, including The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. She is a national media contributor, frequently appearing on the TODAY Show, Dr....

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Mom-trepreneurs: How to be successful as a mother and a mogul

Lyss Stern Owner DivaLysscious Moms (DivaMoms.com)

Being a successful mother means being able to manage your career and your family at the same time. Around 64% of mothers work while also taking care of their family, so it is absolutely imperative that neither your professional career, nor your children or husband are forgotten. Keep this advice in mind to help you mothers out there juggle it all at once.

Lyss SternOwner

Lyss always knew she’d own her own business; she had a drive from a young age that most of her peers didn’t have. She always had internships (she interned for the Joan Rivers show in college) and was always fascinated by women entrepreneurs and ...

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My Child Has Come Out--Now What?

As a parent, when your child discloses to you that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT), you may experience many feelings. These feelings can include shock, confusion, grief, sadness, fear and even happiness. You may have questions and concerns and are not sure what to do next. While some parents may have an easier time accepting and understanding their child’s sexual and gender issues, some may find this conversation very difficult.

Frank J. Sileo, PhDLicensed Psychologist

Dr. Frank J. Sileo is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in psychology from Fordham University...

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Allowances can teach kids how to manage, save and value money

Do you ever get sick and tired of your kids asking for one more thing? Ever feel taken for granted because your kids don’t appreciate all you do for them? Ever wish your teen was more responsible with money? Or do you ever wish your children could just wait for something they want, rather than demanding it immediately?

If your answer is yes to any of these, give your kids an allowance. Having an allowance will teach your children how to manage, use, save and value money, as well as develop delayed gratification.  

Bonnie Harris Director of Connective Parenting

Bonnie Harris, MS Ed, is the director of Connective Parenting and has been a parenting specialist for twenty-five years. Parent educator, professional trainer, counselor, author, and international speaker, Harris is known for her pioneering mind...

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Prepare daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives through empowerment

Parents can help to prepare their daughters to live happy, fulfilled lives. They can raise them to be empowered and confident, ready to tackle all adventures and speak their minds. Here are some dos and don’ts on how to raise an empowered daughter who is ready for the world.

Rena Goldwasser and Kimberly Sokoloff SelvaggiRetired State of CT Judicial Branch Program Manager, Executive Director

Retired State of CT Judicial Branch Program Manager with experience in gender related programming and staff training initiatives targeted to females involved in the criminal justice system. Statewide Project Leader for national demonstration gr...

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Moms must let go of the supermom mentality and embrace each day

None of us are immune to it. And many of us--if not most--fall prey to the pressure of being a supermom. This is the ability to do it all, do it all well and always with a smile. Not only is this not realistic, but it certainly can be exhausting and even harmful to our health.

Jackie InsingerParenting Expert

As a mom and a learning and behavior specialist, I have found that there is a distinct need for a positive approach to understanding and honoring the individuality of each child. As a society, we have created a specific version of what success l...

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How can parents help their children enhance motivation and focus?

Tim Elmore Founder and President of Growing Leaders Growing Leaders

Focus—especially long-term focus—is extremely challenging for Generation iY (the younger part of Generation Y, born in the 1990s and after, and defined by technology and the Internet).

Tim ElmoreFounder and President of Growing Leaders

Dr. Tim Elmore is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. He is a best-selling author, international speaker, and Founder and President of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps develo...

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Getting organized can improve family order, calm and relationships

Your home is your sanctuary. Becoming organized can restore order and peace to your home, as well as to your entire family. In fact, it can positively affect your family’s health, safety, relationships and budget. This article provides advice on how to reduce clutter and relieve stress, while also restoring peace and calm throughout your family home.

Joanna MonahanLiberator

Joanna Monahan is a graduate of the Major Mom Academy Class of July 2013. To Joanna, organization doesn’t mean perfection. Rather, it means finding the most efficient way to complete necessary recurring activities, while allowing ample room for...

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Teaching dads how to build emotional safety within their families

Emotional safety means feeling accepted and believing that you are free from emotional attack or harm. Trust and respect are key components of emotional safety for families. Distrust and disrespect can thrive in a family -- if dads are unaware of their special “dadly” gifts.

Steve HorsmonOwner and Head Coach

Steve Horsmon is the "Head Coach" and owner of Goodguys2Greatmen in Colorado. He is dedicated to helping men build the confidence and skills needed to create respectful, trusting, and sexual relationships with women. He is the author of "5 S...

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Fathers have the power to influence the lives of their daughters

From the very moment their daughters are placed in their arms, fathers are forever changed. During the baby stage, the more a dad holds his infant daughter, the more trust, care and love she feels. During the teen years, if dads focus on their daughters’ varied interests and intellect, she will learn that her mind is just as valued as her body and will be better able to accept herself.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Educate your kids about the value of saving money and budgeting

While most American adults are concerned about their personal finances, as well as the national debt, many teenagers seem to feel extremely optimistic about their finances, according to a recent poll by Junior Achievement USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Run your family like a business to improve parental effectiveness

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs on the planet. The job of raising children is both exhausting and exhilarating. As more women “lean in” to the work force, and as more fathers “step in” to parenting roles, there is a new and desperate trend of parents craving an answer to the question, “How do I parent effectively?”

One answer to this question is to run your family like you would run a business. In order to achieve this, parents must begin by slowing down and thoughtfully creating a meaningful, visionary mission statement for their family.

Laura Barr M.Ed

Laura Barr, M.Ed., owner/founder of e.Merging Educational Consulting, has been working with families in the Denver area for over 20 years. A mother of four children, she holds an M.A. in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street ...

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Achieving successful work-life balance is possible for parents

Is it possible to successfully balance your work and lifestyle? The answer is yes. While achieving work-life balance may seem like an unrealistic concept for many working parents, there are ways to achieve it. This article offers advice for parents trying to find this balance.

Sara Sutton FellCEO and Founder

Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings. With over 15 years experience in the online job market, Sara is an advocate for flexible workplaces and ...

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Expert advice for being the father you always dreamed of being

Being a great dad is always something you wanted to be. But where’s the manual? You see a lot of support and advice for new moms, but you feel confused and somewhat left out. How should you manage your time? Should you treat your kids differently than your partner? Do you have to take on the “enforcer” role? You are undoubtedly facing all sorts of new challenges that you never anticipated, while also learning a lot about yourself - not to mention your kids. Here are some practical tips for how to be the dad you always dreamed of being.

Neal Brugman, Psy.D.Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Brugman is a licensed clinical psychologist working in both private practice and university counseling in Denver, CO. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the University of Denver, and has worked in a wide range of c...

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Creating enjoyable indoor movement games for your entire family

Playing with your children is a wonderful way to connect, lighten the mood and reinforce skills. A simple game can turn a difficult moment into a fun experience, while also enhancing coordination and balance.
Barbara Sher, M.A., O.T.R.Occupational therapist, Author of ten books on children’s games

Barbara Sher, MA, OTR, has more than 40 years experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She is the author of ten books on games that have been published in nine languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, Danish, Estonian, Spanish and Chinese. He...

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Being playful and bonding with kids through inventive games

It is common for child experts to advise parents to regularly play with their children--and for good reasons. Being playful engages and stimulates the feel-good hormones, serotonin and dopamine, and makes everyone have a better time.

Barbara Sher, M.A., O.T.R.Occupational therapist, Author of ten books on children’s games

Barbara Sher, MA, OTR, has more than 40 years experience as a pediatric occupational therapist. She is the author of ten books on games that have been published in nine languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, Danish, Estonian, Spanish and Chinese. He...

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Striving to be a better parent means being a better human

Becoming a parent brings a new kind of love into your life. It creates a kind of pure adoration and responsibility to love this child fully and unconditionally. It shows you that moments are precious. And it makes you feel the need to create a better world for your kids by spreading love and compassion.

To experience life to its fullest, we must focus on the important things, which are small, present and moment-to-moment. This article offers advice on finding these important moments and striving to be a better parent, and in turn, a better human being.

Daniel Gottlieb PhDFamily therapist, radio host and author

Practicing clinician for over 40 years. For the last 25 years I have been hosting a radio show called “voices in the family” on WHYY FM, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate. I’ve written several books including best-selling “Letters to Sam”. And I spea...

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Empowered mothers can help raise happy and healthy children

The motherhood club is a very special group. It’s an exclusive club, and membership is for life. When you became a member of this club or how you joined is irrelevant because once you become a mom, there’s no more powerful role in life. Regardless of your age, income, educational background or zip code, members of this club share one mutual goal--to raise happy, healthy and competent human beings. Because all mothers have this same focus, they need to concentrate on what really matters--empowering and supporting other moms--and the decisions they make for their families.

Michele Borba, Ed.D.Author and Educator

Dr. Michele Borba is a parenting expert, psychologist and award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books, including The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. She is a national media contributor, frequently appearing on the TODAY Show, Dr....

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