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Balanced Parenting

December, 2013

Crazy Newsletter !

 So much happening this's crazy!


Upcoming Events!


It's time for

"Coffee with Bette"

This coming


December 3rd at

The Stonehaus in Westlake Village.  Bring the kids and your parenting questions!

9:30-11 AM




W(h)ine with Bette!

has arrived!

For Parents of Teens and Tweens!



December 4th, 2013

7:00 - 8:30 PM

at The Stonehaus in Westlake Vlg.

No charge!

 Spread the word!



Parent Support Group

for Parents of 0-12 Year Olds!


December 11th

7:30 - 9:00 P.M. in

my Westlake Village office

RSVP requested!


"Coffee with Bette

in the Valley"


December 19th

9:30-11 AM

Aroma Bakery & Cafe, Encino




Stay at home Dads!

Now there's a group just for you!

Join us for our first meeting on Wednesday evening,

January 22nd, 2014  (postponed from October 23rd)  7:30-9:00 P.M. in my Westlake Village office.  RSVP required.



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Well, it's here!  Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. There is so much good this time of year - beautiful lights, parties, sharing love and cheer and, as always, the balance exists, too.  Holiday stresses, crazy family dynamics, traffic, overwhelming shopping lists and chilly weather. 


"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." (from the movie "Elf")


Watching a good Christmas movie (even though we're Jewish) is one of my family's favorite togetherness activities.  There's just something about lighting a fire, making a cup of tea or hot chocolate and all sitting together for a heart-warming holiday movie.  I highly recommend it!


"What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down." (from the movie "It's a Wonderful Life")


This is a season of "the gimmies" for kids. The impending holiday gift giving makes everyone a little crazy with wanting, yearning, and "needing" everything they see! It's lots of fun and can get some kids a little "crazy" with excitement, greed and sometimes disappointment. Help your kids to regulate themselves by balancing the crazy times with quiet times and reading what your kids need - even if it means leaving the party just a little earlier than you'd hoped. 


"I realized that Christmas the time to be with the people you love."  (from the movie "Love Actually") 


The best part of the holiday season is time with friends and family.  Even through the crazies that December often brings, keep in mind what's truly important...your relationships with those you love.  Stay present and enjoy your time together.


Wishing you love and balance with some additional holiday cheer this month,


Bette Alkazian, LMFT
Balanced Parenting

I'm so excited that my new potty learning course is now online!


I'm so honored to have joined an amazing group of parenting experts on, an online parenting university. 


Check out my Potty Learning Course here!


Don't let potty training make you and your child crazy!  Check out the course and make it easier than you ever imagined! 

Spread the word!!!! 



Our first meeting was lots of fun!  Raising teens can be "crazy".

Join us to make sense of it all! 



This week!!!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

The Stonehaus at the Westlake Village Inn

No charge.  Just pay for your own refreshments.

Come check it out!



Speaking Engagements Available!

Speaking to Parents in Groups, Schools, and Church/Synagogue Communities is one of my greatest joys. It enables me to share what I'm most passionate about and to give more parents tools and inspiration to make their families even better.

Thank you for introducing me to your community!

Now booking speaking engagements for 2014!

COMING SOON... My book, Parenting Backwards, Second Edition, will be available on Amazon soon!  More info to come and the link, too!

Bette Alkazian, LMFT
Balanced Parenting