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Fresh Starts and New Beginnings                                                          January, 2010

In This Issue
Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
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 and thank you to those who have already forwarded your ideas!  
I am now scheduling speaking engagements for the coming year.
 I would be honored to be introduced to your school, group, or company!  

"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."
~Jane Howard


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Happy New Year to you all!  I hope you rang in the new year in exactly the way you like.  I'm so grateful that my family and I enjoyed celebrating together with dear friends.
Even if the new year didn't start exactly as you had hoped, it's never too late to start anew and begin to create exactly what you want to invite into your life! 
Let's all resolve to make 2010 a year filled with new beginnings, fresh goals, new achievements, hopes actualized and dreams come true!  Show your kids what could be and don't be afraid to show them the effort it takes to get there! 
Happy and healthy new year to you and your families!
Wishing you balance,
Fresh Starts and New Beginnings
Every day brings new opportunities as we are raising our kids.  Opportunities to learn new things ourselves, chances to do things better than before and teaching opportunities galore with our kids. 
I love the new year, each year, because I feel excited about what's yet to come, I feel motivated to make new goals and I feel a renewed energy and enthusiasm.
This year, my goals include finishing my book and reaching more families than ever this year in the hopes of helping them to raise their kids to be great adults and to enjoy the process.
I encourage you to take some time to think about what you hope to achieve, improve or accomplish with your family, yourself, and your business or career this year.
Share this exercise with your kids and encourage them to do the same. 
Happy 2010!
Coffee with Bette  coffee cup
Our next Coffee with Bette will be this coming 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.  
Parents, kids, grandparents - everyone is welcome! 
We meet the first Tuesday of the month, every month!
Balanced Parenting Website 
P.S.  Don't forget, the parenting advice is free, but the coffee and pastries are not.  :)

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.