After years and years of interviewing hundreds of experts in the parenting field; doctors, educators, researchers, authors, regular moms and dads, I finally got to interview the one and only Dr. Phil. He was so gracious and kind. Check out our interview!
4th graders in Los Angeles pay tribute to MLK. Watch this inspiring story.
This new procedure is giving hope to parents desperate to get pregnant. Check out my story on NBC’s CA Live. @nbccalive
What do you think? We discuss extreme parenting gone viral. Is this shaming children? Is this bullying children? Watch our heated discussion.
The World Health Organization now categorizes ‘video game addiction ‘ as a mental health disorder. Watch some of our discussion on Dr. Phil.
Check out this fun zip-lining experience! My husband and I decided to leave the kids at home and have a unique ‘day date’ at Pacific Crest in Wrightwood. @nbccalive
Christmas in July! How do you keep family traditions and values alive in your home? Check out my tips on Home & Family.
Kids all across the country have now enjoyed weeks of summer -- and sneaking up behind those lazy days is the 'Summer Slide.' That's when kids have a loss of learning, mostly in reading and math. Research shows up to three months of learning can be lost.
Check out my segment on Home & Family TV and see some additional tips below.
Quick tips on reducing the Summer Slide:
-Explain the Summer Slide to kids
-Make a list of GOALS for the summer
-Make learning fun
-Recruit a "travel agent." Ask your kids to put a vacation plan together (maps/budget/critical thinking)
-Learn a new word each week
-Enter a writing contest
-Create a summer reading list and find fun math apps to practice math
It's swimming season and along with hot temps, kids are heading into the pool. But pool safety can't be taken lightly.
According to the CDC, every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.
Here's our Fox 11 discussion on how to keep your family safe.
Quick tips to remember:
-Drownings are silent
-Drownings can happen within seconds
-Who's watching your child? Do they know how to swim?
-Say 'no' to floating devices
As college kids prepare for life on campus, buying books and getting their dorm rooms ready, there is also an important conversation that needs to happen between parents and kids.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
MADD, or Mother's Against Drunk Driving, provides all sorts of resources for parents and students. Educating your child, as well as yourself, and being ready for tough conversations can save lives.
-Understand the 'Red Zone': the first six weeks of college is a time when kids are most at risk.
-Peer Pressure: teach kids how to say "no"
-Educate your child about binge drinking: 4-5 drinks every 2 hours. (Source: NIH)
-Keep the lines of communication open
'Moana' is SPECTACULAR!
Take a look at our 'Parents' Guide.'
Therapists, teachers and parents are very concerned about what has been coined the "Trump Effect." What is this rhetoric doing to our kids? How can parents teach their boys that misogyny is unacceptable?
Here's our FOX 11 discussion.
-Be a positive model
-Correct popular impressions
-Hold son accountable
-Cultivate friendships with girls
-Teach son to avoid pornography, the objectification of women
Here's a new way to think about detention. At Baltimore's Robert W. Coleman Elementary, detention has been tossed out and replaced with meditation.
Teachers now send kids to the Mindful Moment Room.
"The practice of mindful awareness can guide students to improve relationships, create relaxation and calmness soothe the self, increase memory, enhance focus, reduce stress, manage reactions and emotions, increase self-acceptance, and feel more at ease with test taking." ~UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center~
More Info on UCLA's website: Classes for tweens
Tips for Mindfulness at Home:
-Meditate and Pray
-Take a break
-Practice mindful awareness
-Meditate with your kids
Storks deliver babies, right? Wrong. Well, there's a little confusion about the storks' mission, but that gets cleared up by the end of the movie. I promise.
"Storks" is a great family film with lots of reminders for parents. I got the messages loud and clear.
Check out our Parents' Guide on The Insider.
A Sherman Oaks teen takes on bullying with a new app, "Sit With Us."
One out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That's according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.
And October is National Bullying Prevention month.
16 year old Natalie Hampton was severely bullied when she was in 7th and 8th grades. Now in high school, she is combating bullying during lunchtime.
'Sit With Us' App
-Don't eat lunch alone
-Private via the app- students won't be publicly rejected
-Be an ambassador- invites other students to combat bullying
-More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school
-8% of students stay home on any given day because they're afraid of being bullied
-43% of students fear harassment in the bathroom at school
(National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015)
"Brangelina" once looked like the picture perfect family. But this week, with the announcement of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce, the family of eight is now headed toward a new family reality.
Many families find themselves in this same situation, but how can you get through it without unnecessary angst and turmoil?
When parents choose to co-parent amicably, children can have stability and close relationships with both parents—but it's rarely easy.
According to Laura Wasser, Angelina Jolie's divorce attorney, parents know their kids best. Parents should try to figure out the new family plan outside of court. It's the first step toward finding happiness as a family again.
"We are at the mercy of the courts, be the master of your own destiny, it doesn't have to be that way, figure out a way to make it better for you and your family and move on to the next stage," Laura Wasser said, divorce attorney for Angelina Jolie.
-Parent roles vs. non- parent roles. Keep it simple and don't confuse the two roles.
-No negative comments about your ex-spouse.
-What are we teaching our kids? Remember the children are watching.
-Keep family traditions, vacations.
It's a question every parent must grapple with at one point or another. When is it okay to let your child call it quits, whether it be a sport, a musical instrument or any extra curricular activity?
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, parents give their two cents.
Statistics show 70 percent of kids quit organized sports or playing an instrument by age 13. The reason? Culturally we are teaching our kids if they aren't competitive in a sport or any other extracurricular activity, it is not worthwhile.
Also, during the teen years kids are more likely to want to be with their friends and do things that their friends are doing. Kids also start getting cell phones at this age, adding in more technology into their lives.
Here's our Fox 11 discussion.
A few extras:
-Quitting vs. Changing Course- young children should be allowed to try all types of different activities to find out what they like best. "Quitting" is associated with a negative connotation. It's okay for your child to "Change Course" as he is just trying to figure out where he fits best in the world. What makes him happy? What brings him joy?
-No stopping in the middle of the season- most parents believe sticking it out for an entire season is the right thing to do. Experts agree. We need our children to learn how to keep commitments and not let down "the team."
-Child decides vs. parent decides- this gives kids the ability to really figure out what they like, not what their parent thinks they should like.