Complexities of Parenting

When it comes to parenting approaches, one size does not fit all. There are many factors that influence how you raise your child based on things like temperament, parenting style, culture, and family and social influences. There are many different styles and methods of parenting, and if you get confused about what your child or grandchild needs, you’re not alone.

Listen now to 94.1FM (4/19/21)

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My guest on About Health, Dr. David Rettew, will join me to discuss topics such as screen time, eating habits, discipline, and the benefits and challenges of different parenting styles such as “helicopter” versus “old school” parenting. There are a lot of questions facing parents of young children, but  understanding more about your child’s temperament and yours will guide you through the different stages of childhood.

Guest: David Rettew, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Rettew has over 100 published journal articles, chapters, and scientific abstracts on a variety of child mental health topics, including a 2013 book entitled Child Temperament:  New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness.  He also writes a blog for Psychology Today called, “The ABCs of Child Psychiatry.”   His newest book is called Parenting Made Complicated: What Science Really Knows about the Greatest Debates of Early Parenting. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook @PediPsych.

Raising Human Beings

urlIn the new book,  Raising Human Beings, Creating A Collaborative Partnership with Your Child, the renowned child psychologist and New York Times bestselling author explains how to cultivate a better parent-child relationship while also nurturing empathy, honesty, resilience, and independence.


It was a pleasure to interview Dr. Ross Greene. We discussed the important role parents play in raising a healthy child who has the potential to be a productive, self-aware, and empathic adult.


Ross Greeene, PhD, is the author of many books including Lost and Found, and The Explosive Child. His new book is, Raising Human Beings…Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child. Ross Greene was on faculty at Harvard Medical School for more than twenty years and is the founding director of the nonprofit—Lives in the Balance, through which he disseminates the model of care called Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.



Trainings and Events

May 13th 2015

Join me at Parents Place in Marin from 7-9PM

Do you want to have more harmony at home and less yelling? Most parents agree that yelling isn’t beneficial, but many report that they just don’t know what to do when their children misbehave. Learn to create a plan—and more—to address the issues that trigger yelling. Even if you don’t yell a lot, this class will help you consider new ways to communicate with your child and provide discipline and guidance.

One recent participant said, “Rona’s class goes beyond the standard suggestions of deep breaths and removing yourself from the room. She helped me think about the negative thought patterns I get caught in that fuel my yelling.” 

To register for “Is That Me Yelling?” go to:

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Do you want to schedule a training for parents, teachers, childcare providers, or health professionals? Let’s talk!

Bad Baby on This American Life

This is Gonna Hurt Me a Lot More than It’s Gonna Hurt You.

Friends suggested I listen to the NPR show (March 2014), This American Life, to see what I think about parents who suffered while raising really challenging children.

The one I want to comment on is Act Four. Producer Sean Cole tells the story of a former foster kid who was finally adopted in his mid-30’s, and the reason he was taken away from the foster family he loved more than 20 years ago.

The story is about Lisa and Charles Harris who had biological children and decided to become foster parents. They wanted to adopt a boy named Maurice, but something happened that caused great suffering for all of them.

Lisa and Charles valued spanking  as a form of discipline for their children, but couldn’t spank Maurice since it’s against California Law for foster parents to spank. Maurice wanted to be spanked so that he could be like the other boys in the family. Both parents felt strongly that it was important to spank children (especially boys) to help him make it in the world.  (more…)