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Balanced Parenting

March, 2015

In Like a Lion... Newsletter!



Upcoming Events!



Coffee with Bette!


Tuesday, March 3rd


The Stonehaus





March 11th


My Westlake Vlg Office

Please RSVP





is on hiatus until further notice.

Call for questions and advice on raising your tweens and teens.




"Coffee with Bette in the Valley"


March 19th

9:30-11:00 AM

(third Thursday of each month)

Aroma Bakery & Café



Lots of love to you!




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Well, March is here and has arrived "like a lion".  The weather across the country has been craaaaazy!! Here's hoping you are all safe and keeping warm and that March goes out like a lamb. 


Many of us have kids who come in "like a lion".  You never know when you'll get the lion and when you'll get the lamb.  The truth is, your child is that lamb, but something is making him/her act like a lion. 



Big feelings?




As parents, it's our job to figure out what's going on and to help them through it.  Coping skills are the greatest gifts we can give our kids and one of the hardest things to teach them because many of us don't know how to cope ourselves.


Few adults learned their coping skills as kids, they had to learn as adults to figure it all out.  Unfortunately, for kids who struggle, we need to give them a leg up now and not just wait for them to learn it all on their own.  Yes, maturity will certainly help, but they need tools!


  • Label their feelings
  • Show compassion for what they are going through
  • Let them know you've been there, too
  • Use physical movement to release tension and anger
  • Tell them how to handle this big feeling the next time (i.e., "Use your words, say 'Mommy, I'm so frustrated!'")
  • Infuse your values - "We don't hit! That's not respectful."
  • Help them to recover with deep breaths, a big hug, reading a book, hugging a tree, taking a walk, etc...

Wishing everyone a beautiful March!!


Wishing you balance,






coffee cup



The ROARING Edition


March 3rd, 2015

9:30-11:00 AM

(First Tuesday of each month)

The Stonehaus

Westlake Village



in the VALLEY"

Thursday, March 19th

9:30-11:00 AM

(Third Thursday of each month)

Aroma Bakery & Café



Bring the kids

Bring your friends

Bring your most burning parenting questions!


Let's start the spring off together and

kick up the rules a bit in your home!! 











Is no longer going to be a monthly event.  Watch for notifications of periodic gatherings.  The more I hear that you want it, the more likely it is to happen soon.


Let's keep in touch on this one and if you have any questions about raising your very complicated tweens and teens, don't hesitate to call or email me directly.



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 Summer and Fall of 2015!

Did you know that my books are available on Amazon???

Parenting Backwards


Potty Learning: The Do's, Don'ts and the Oops of Poops


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Momipedia is an amazing resource to answer all of your parenting questions by some amazing experts! 
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I'm also so honored to be on, an online parenting university. 


Check out my Potty Learning Course here! 


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