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Finding Your Happy Place                                                           December, 2009

In This Issue
The Joy of the Season
Coffee with Bette
The Oops of Poops!
Balanced Parenting's Special Request
I am creating some new classes and products for 2010 and would love your help!
What parenting topics are most burning for you?
What is driving you crazy with your kids?
What phrases are you tired of hearing or tired of saying over and over?
Just email me with the words "new classes" in the subject line and share your family's biggest frustrations.
Thank you in advance for your help!  
Speaking Engagements
December is quiet, but there are 
many more in the works! 
I am now scheduling speaking engagements for the coming year.
 I would be honored to be introduced to your school, group, or company!  

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life."

Richard Bach


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The weather has turned cold and the holiday spirit is in full swing!  As you rush through your days, don't forget to take time to enjoy the beauty of this season and to be grateful for all that is good in your life. 
2009 has been a big and exciting year for Balanced Parenting and me.  I'm very excited to introduce to you my first e-book, Potty Learning: The Do's, Don'ts and the Oops of Poops.  2010 is on track to be even more exciting.  
Here's hoping you have a lot to look forward to in the coming year!
Wishing you balance,
The Joy of the Season
December is typically a crazy time for many people.  Holiday parties, gift buying, lots of traffic, busy parking lots, people coming and going everywhere. 
The key to good parenting, at times, is pushing through our natural inclinations.  We might naturally want to lash out at the clerk moving slower than cold molasses with 50 people in line.  How about the driver that cuts you off on the road or takes the parking space you've been so patiently waiting for?
Remember to stay focused on what's really important during this time of year.  Be patient, focus on the joy of giving, enjoy the beauty of the season, smile at the surley woman in line behind you and turn her day around, give a dollar to the guy ringing the bell in front of the market, and most importantly, remember that your kids are watching you!!  
Coffee with Bette  coffee cup
Our next Coffee with Bette will be Tuesday, January 5th from 9:30 to 11 A.M. at Chocolatine in Thousand Oaks.  Come ask me your parenting questions in one of my favorite settings!  Have a latte and a pastry and some stimulating parenting chat!  Check out my website for the full address.   
Balanced Parenting Website 
Parents, kids, grandparents - everyone is welcome! 
We meet the first Tuesday of the month, every month!
P.S.  Don't forget, the parenting advice is free, but the coffee and pastries are not.  :)

Balanced Parenting's
Groups and Classes
Our On-Going Group for
Parents of Preschoolers
will meet next on 
January 13th, 2010
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
 in my Thousand Oaks office
We meet monthly for learning and support
This is an open group.
Everyone is welcome! 
 $20.00 per month per person
$30.00 per couple
  Our On-Going Group for 
 Parents of Teens and Tweens
will meet next
Wed., January 27, 2010
7:30 - 9:00 P.M.
in my Thousand Oaks Office 
This is an open group.
Everyone is welcome!
 $20.00 per month per person
$30.00 per couple
To R.S.V.P. for any of these groups, or for further information, please e-mail
or call 805-230-2464
Feel free to pass along the information to anyone you know who might be interested!
We all need support!
Introducing the:
Balanced Parenting Learning Library

POTTY LEARNING: The Do's, Don'ts and the Oops of Poops

 An e-book by
Bette Alkazian, LMFT (that's me!)

Whether you've already accomplished this task with your kids or not, you know what a frustrating time potty training can be.   

If you're somewhere in the process, not yet ready to begin or long past it, but know someone else, this e-book is a great resource!

 Go to my website and click on the Learning Library to purchase this e-book for only $9.99.