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Happy Holidays!                                                              December, 2010                  

In This Issue
I'm a Dear GMA Finalist!
The Holiday Crazies!
Coffee with Bette
 Did you see me on
Good Morning America?

I'm very grateful to be one of 20 finalists in the "Dear GMA Advice Guru Search".

Out of 15,000 applicants, we are down to the top 20!


Check out the Top 20 Here!


Watch for our answers to viewers questions and rate the answers!


"The holidays are not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." 
~Janice Maeditere

If you have any thoughts, suggestions, class ideas, article requests, constructive criticism or otherwise great ideas, feel free to let us know! 

If you enjoy reading this newsletter, please feel free to forward it to your friends.

Happy holiday season to everyone! Hanukkah is here and Christmas is right around the corner! Whatever you celebrate, I wish you and your family a warm and peaceful holiday season.

Choose not to get stressed this holiday season. Find the joy in the traffic delays, enjoy the social aspects of the shopping crowds and park far away from your destinations to walk off a few extra calories during this holiday season!

Wishing you balance,


The Holiday Crazies 

The holiday season comes with much joy and some baggage, too!  For example, gifts to buy for so many (and enough money for only a few), parties to enjoy and some to merely tolerate, traveling to be with family, or having family travel to be with's all wonderful and it's also a lot of work!

Be kind to yourself this holiday season and simplify, simplify, simplify!!!  In lieu of gifts this year, make a donation to a worthy charity on behalf of those you care about.  Perhaps get the same gift that will appeal to many of the people on your list making shopping easier.  How about online shopping?  Have those gifts delivered to your house directly!  Easy!

Be kind to yourself and to others to maximize the joy of this wonderful season!

No matter what you celebrate, I wish you and your family the happiest, joy-filled, and wishes-come-true holiday season!

This article is also posted to my blog.

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Coffee with Bette 

We will meet this coming Tuesday, December 7th from 9:30 - 11:00, Open House style at Chocolatine, 2955 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., T.O.


Bring your parenting questions and join the fun!


Remember, the parenting advice is free, but the food and beverages are not!

Parents of 0 - 10 Year Olds!
is on hiatus this month.

We hope to see you in the new year!

Feel free to pass along the information to anyone you know who might be interested for next month!


The Balanced Parenting Learning Library Introduces:

Raising Our Kids to Become Fabulous Adults by Looking Forward and Working Backwards
 by Bette Levy Alkazian
edited by Karyn Blackmore-Hagy
Now available!


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

 (available in hard copy or electronically)Bette Alkazian, LMFT
Whether you've already accomplished potty training with your kids or not, you know what a frustrating time it can be.   

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

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

 Available in hard copy by email