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Balanced Parenting

November, 2013

Newsletter & 2 New Groups!


Upcoming Events!


It's time for

"Coffee with Bette"

This coming


November 5th at

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

9:30-11 AM



Later on Tuesday, 11/5...

Ilan Ramon Day School's

Hanukkah Boutique

1:00 P.M. 

Calabasas Golf and Country Club

I'll be speaking about "Self-Esteem: What is it and why do our kids need it?"



W(h)ine with Bette!

has arrived!

For Parents of Teens and Tweens!


We're beginning

THIS WEDNESDAY  November 6th, 2013

7:00 - 8:30 PM

at The Stonehaus in Westlake Vlg.

No charge for the first month!

 Spread the word!



Parent Support Group

for Parents of 0-12 Year Olds!


November 13th

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

my Westlake Village office

RSVP requested!


"Coffee with Bette

in the Valley"


November 21st

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 preferred.



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It's November! Yay!


I'm super annoying during the month of November. My kids would say that I'm always super annoying, but I'll even admit it about November.  It's the month of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is all about gratitude - my most favorite thing ever!


So, in the spirit of the season, I would, first, like to say THANK YOU to all of you who read this newsletter, come to hear me speak, attend my events, come to my office for private meetings or simply read my tips on Facebook.  I'm grateful to each and every one of you for your support of my work and, of course, I hope that it makes a difference for you in some small way.


Second, I would love to challenge you to adopt some sort of gratitude practice during the month of November (and hopefully beyond).  You can write, record, or just say something you are grateful for each day.  Model this gratitude for your kids by sharing with them and asking them what they're grateful for each day, too.


Wishing you love and balance with immense gratitude,


Bette Alkazian, LMFT
Balanced Parenting
Parenting tip of the month:

Quality time!


Now that we have turned the clocks back, it seems we will have more indoor hours in the coming months. What a great opportunity to spend more time around the dinner table (with older kids), have game nights, read more books, light a fire and gather around it with some hot apple cider or even do homework on the floor together with blankets or sleeping bags in your pajamas. 


This time of year can really give rise to more quality, family time - you just have to be creative and know what works for your kids. 


Take advantage and embrace the beauty of this season!  Feel free to e-mail me your family's creative ideas for cozy, indoor time.  Pictures are welcome, too!  Let me know if I have permission to share them on Facebook.


Happy November!!!








I have had several requests for a Parents of T(w)eens Support Group!

It's here!


This week!!!

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

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

The Stonehaus at the Westlake Village Inn

No charge for our first meeting. 

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 the late Fall, Winter and Spring!

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