Stuff in the ‘Parenting’ Category

24 August, 2021

How to Have a Kid and a Life: A Survival Guide by Ericka Sóuter

Continue to have and grow your life, Mom―for your sake and your kids’.

“A brilliant book for any woman out there who is feeling alone, isolated, or overwhelmed with too much to do. It is a must-read guide that will help you understand how we got here, how to take back control of your life, and, most importantly, that you are not alone.” ―Eve Rodsky, New York Times bestselling author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)

“Parenting is arguably the most high-stakes, high-pressure, high-reward endeavor one human being can embark upon. Now, Ericka Sóuter has tapped into the often difficult-to-navigate world of being a parent and a person at the same time, and she does it in a frank, relatable, no-nonsense way. There is something for everyone in here: I laughed, I cried, and I learned. Thank you, Ericka!” ―Jennifer Ashton, MD, mom and ABC News chief medical correspondent

“Everything you need to know about Ericka Sóuter’s tenacity, compassion, and humor as a working mom can be summed up this way: she wrote this amazing book during the pandemic . . . and while potty training. Her empathetic voice, no-BS advice, and guilt-relieving research are an arm around your shoulder. Take comfort.” ―Lauren Smith Brody, author and founder of The Fifth Trimester

When did being a good mom come to mean giving up everything that used to make you … you? That’s the question millions of 21st-century mothers grapple with every single day as they parent in our madly kid-centric culture. Contrary to the incessant messaging from everywhere, committing to yourself and your own needs is what makes for a good mother and happy kids.

With How to Have a Kid and a Life, popular journalist and Good Morning America parenting expert Ericka Sóuter shares her tips for being a happy, whole person while still being a great, and sometimes just good enough (which is plenty fine), parent. Sóuter blends her own stories of surviving the seismic challenges of parenthood with testimonials from stay-at-home and working moms; interviews with therapists and researchers; and findings from the latest studies on happiness, self-care, and parenthood. What she delivers is a wonderfully irreverent survival guide to motherhood, featuring:

• Advice on keeping your career on track while parenting
• Tips for handling clueless and unhelpful partners
• Taking back ownership of your body
• Creating a reliable village of support (even with moms you didn’t think you’d like)
• Staying connected with child-free friends
• What to do if you feel like you’re missing the “mom gene”

20 August, 2021


Ericka Sóuter is a nationally recognized voice in the realm of parenting news and parenting advice, featured on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline and other national broadcasts. 

She is a contributing editor for and her work has also appeared on CafeMom, The Bump and What To Expect, all high traffic parenting sites that reach millions of moms each month. It’s her job to speak to women across the country to stay on top of the issues, controversies and trends most affecting families today. Her new book HOW TO HAVE A KID AND A LIFE (Sounds True)  explores the 21st Century parenting dilemma: when did being a good mom become synonymous with giving up everything that makes you, you?

A journalist with over 20 years of experience, she has been on staff at both People Magazine and Us Weekly where she has written cover stories on everything from the “Sexiest Man Alive” to the untimely death of Michael Jackson. Before becoming a magazine writer, Ms. Sóuter took a short detour into the world of advertising, accepting a post at the Chicago based agency Leo Burnett as an account executive on the Kellogg’s account. Her ad world claim to fame: she was on the team that created the talking Frosted Mini-Wheat.

Ericka received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University and a Master of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has also written for Self, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo for Latinas, Essence, and Huffington Post. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she currently lives in Manhattan with her college sweetheart husband, Caleb, and sons Lex and Aidan.

Follower her on Twitter @erickasouter and Instagram @erickasouter
Her website can be found: here

19 October, 2017

CYBERCIVICS: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology by Diana Graber

Digital literacy educator and founder of CyberWise, Diana Graber helps parents teach their digital kids the skills they need to avoid the pitfalls associated with tech while at the same time learning to harness the amazing tools they have at their fingertips so they can build happy and successful lives. (Amacom/World Rights/2019)

9 October, 2015


Colleen O'GradyColleen O’Grady is changing what’s possible for moms and teenage daughters. Too often the teenage years are marked and defined by drama, especially between mothers and daughters. Hoping to continue the close and loving bond they have had with their baby girl, moms can be devastated when adolescence strikes, which can happen as early as age nine. Instead of a joyful, respectful, and caring relationship with their daughter, they find themselves drowning in the daily outbursts, tantrums, and disrespectful interchanges with this strange creature pretending to be their daughter. And yet a healthy relationship is crucial to effective parenting and for a daughter’s well being. Moms know this intuitively, but many feel powerless to change it.

Colleen O’Grady offers hope, encouragement, and practical advice to thousands of moms: “You don’t Dial Down the Dramahave to survive the teenage years; you actually can enjoy them. First you need to dial down the drama before you can dial up what’s positive about the teenage years.”

Colleen provides a comprehensive roadmap in her groundbreaking book Dial Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting With Your Teenage Daughter, A Guide for Mothers Everywhere. Colleen O’Grady has not only been a successful marriage and family therapist and life coach for twenty-five years; she is also a mom in the trenches with her own teenage daughter. Colleen started writing Dial Down the Drama when her daughter was fifteen and completed the manuscript when she was nineteen. Though at times she felt crazy for writing this book while she was living the book, she found that these principles really work. Colleen has been able to enjoy a vibrant, authentic, close connection with her daughter through the teenage years.

But it wasn’t always like this.

Colleen spent nineteen years as a supervisor, trainer, and consultant at both University of Texas Mental Science Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Learning Support Center; and received multiple awards for her invaluable contributions, support, and teaching. Prior to that, she spent ten years as a youth minister and was a hero to thousands of teenagers. She is known and respected in her community and professional organizations as an expert on adolescence. Life was good, really good.

And then her daughter turned twelve.

Despite being the “expert” and well versed in parenting theories she was shocked at how easily she got hooked in her daughter’s drama. After much soul-searching Colleen discovered the missing pieces to having a healthy connection with her teenage daughter—and yours. These “missing pieces” became the framework for her Power Your Parenting programs, blog, podcast, and weekly e-zine, which has changed the lives of mom’s from all over the world. And now it’s all pulled together in Dial Down the Drama.

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14 August, 2012

IT’S OK NOT TO SHARE…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids, Heather Shumaker

Parenting can be such an overwhelming job that it’s easy to lose track of where you stand on some of the more controversial subjects at the playground (What if my kid likes to rough house—isn’t this ok as long as no one gets hurt? And what if my kid just doesn’t feel like sharing?). In this provocative and enlightening guide, Heather Shumaker describes her quest to nail down “the rules” to raising smart, sensitive, and self-sufficient kids. Drawing on her own experiences as the mother of two small children, as well as on the work of child psychologists, pediatricians, educators and so on, in this book Shumaker gets to the heart of the matter on a host of important questions. Hint: many of the rules aren’t what you think they are!
The “rules” in this book focus on the toddler and preschool years—an important time for laying the foundation for competent and compassionate older kids and then adults. Here are a few of the rules:
  • It’s OK if it’s not hurting people or property
  • Bombs, guns and bad guys allowed.
  • Boys can wear tutus.
  • Pictures don’t have to be pretty.
  • Paint off the paper!
  • Sex ed starts in preschool
  • Kids don’t have to say “Sorry.”
  • Love your kid’s lies.