The Power of Love

The Power of Love

I am feeling sappy. The school year has ended, the business has changed, and now is a great time to reflect on the countless challenges and joys accompanying each school year. I have been on a mission to love my boys more deeply (see, sappy). Among the most crucial...

The Power of a Compliment

The Power of a Compliment

I recently met a woman, my senior, who had the most beautiful color eyes- like the color of the ocean close to the beach's shoreline. I said to her: "You must be sick of people telling you how beautiful your eyes are." She responded: "These old eyes haven't been...

Let them fail?

Let them fail?

The answer is found when we strike a balance between support & autonomy. Wednesday night's conversation flew by and there were several questions that I did not get to. Let's discuss one of these today: Should we let children fail? Can you guess my answer? Yep, you...

Screens!

Screens!

I was recently in a social situation where some moms (and a grandmom), were discussing screen time for their kids. The takeaways from the conversation were the following: some felt guilty and judged for allowing their kids to be on screens for their convenience's sake...

I am a recovering Juggler

I am a recovering Juggler

Hi- My name is Marnee and I am a recovering juggler. Not the kind of juggler of balls or pins, but of tasks. Here is what happened that enlightened me as to why I needed to reform my ways. You see I was rushing to get back to the office on a chilly afternoon (yes,...

The Garden of Gratitude

The Garden of Gratitude

Dear all, I had an interesting session today that focused on gratitude. A parent was voicing displeasure about their child not showing gratitude for what they have and/or the sacrifices that these parents make for their children. So, I began to probe about the...

Overarching Themes

Overarching Themes

Hi friends, I had a fun conversation with a friend's mom the other day. She is a fabulous grandmother of two high school students whom I also know through my synagogue. She said, "I thought you were an adolescent specialist!" She shared that she had learned about my...

Juggling!!!

Juggling!!!

Happy Tuesday! Yep, it is Tuesday and I usually write on Monday. So what happened: the Juggle. Sometimes life can become a breeding ground for stress, especially when attempting to juggle the demands of work, parenting, relationships, and self-care. We are supposed to...

Stress!!!

Stress!!!

STRESS!!!! I received a request to address this question in a recent email, so here goes. Dear Dr. Marnee, How do we know if our kids and teens are stressed beyond the typical levels? Looking for Guidance. Dear Looking for Guidance, As parents, we so much want to see...

Patterns

Patterns

Hello, my fellow fabulous parents! As we all know, children are like sponges, soaking up experiences and learning from the world around them. You know the saying: You live what you learn and you learn what you live. Well, the patterns that develop in childhood often...

Get Out of My House!

Get Out of My House!

If you were around my house when my children were young you would have heard me say this phrase. Yep, that is right: Get Out of My House! The purpose of this statement was to have my boys, with or without friends over, to have unstructured play. In this day and age,...

Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Hello, wonderful parents and caregivers! As we all know, children are like sponges, soaking up experiences and learning from everything around them. The patterns they develop in childhood often become the foundation for their young adult years. So, how can you, as...

The Company We Keep!

The Company We Keep!

Dear Dr. Marnee, I hope you can offer me guidance because I'm feeling torn and don't know what to do. I have a wonderful, smart, and caring kid, and I couldn't be prouder of the person they're becoming. However, I'm having a really tough time with some of their...