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I can answer questions about raising happy, successful children. The two are synonymous. I would love to help you help your child find his passion or strength, how to encourage your child and give her opportunities, and discuss the importance of failure, perseverance, and resilience. If you have questions about how to get your child to believe in herself or how to parent versus being her friend, I can help. I can answer questions about how to model the right behaviors for your child, and what those behaviors might be for your specific situation. I also can help you deal with excuses: excuses you may be making for your child as well as excuses he is making for himself.

Experience in the area

I have been an elementary school teacher for seventeen years. I am also an author, known as "America's Relationship Guru". I was a contributor to "Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul". My first three books have dealt with the relationship between couples in a romantic relationship. I am currently working on a new book on raising happy and successful children. For the book I interviewed happy, successful children (Maddie Bradshaw, Caine Monroy and many others) and/or their parents. I am also the father of two girls (10 and 15). Their resumes include: business owners, authors, YouTube celebrity, fundraisers, and print models. They have appeared in commercials, music videos, have interacted with mayors, international politicians, and one was mentioned on Capitol Hill for her help in finding a cure for pediatric cancer. They have watched a Dodger's Game with Jackie Robinson's daughter, been a pen pal with Dom DeLuise, and one was an official toy tester, while the other was invited to pitch her idea to a toy company. They've had these successes while also dealing with anxiety disorders and OCD.


• • • The Santa Barbara Independent • The Valley Voice • Atlanta Parent Magazine • • Coastal Woman • Santa Barbara Parent Source • • The One World Initiative Blog • •


I received a Bachelor's Degree in Film Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and got a teaching credential from Cal State Northridge.

Awards and Honors

• Named a Ben and Jerry's Citizen Cool • KLITE Community Hero • Certificate of Congressional Recognition in Teaching • Name is on the National Wall of Tolerance • Recipient of Realiastar's "Education's Unsung Heroes" Grant • Numerous "Best Dad in the World/Universe/Galaxy Certificates/Mugs/T-shirts/Hats

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2017-02-17 5 year old trouble:

Hello Erin,    Since your daughter is so smart and articulate, I'm wondering if she has communicated to you after she's done something wrong (maybe the next day) that she realizes it was wrong. If she

2017-02-08 Shy Daughter:

Hello Dima,    First, let me just tell you, some kids are just shy. That's their personality. So, you may not be able to change that about her, but being able to ask questions and speak in front of others

2016-11-07 After school activities:

Hello Dima,    From what you have told me, it does sound like you are spreading your children's spare time pretty thinly. But, it also sounds as though your children are asking for more.    It's hard to

2016-06-06 Can you teach a three year old child learn to reed/write?:

Hello again, Administrator,    If it was my child, I would change the expectations. Being bilingual is such an incredibly important asset in our society nowadays. But, pushing a child to read and write

2016-06-06 Can you teach a three year old child learn to reed/write?:

Hello Administrator,    Children develop at different times and speeds. Most three-year olds are not developmentally ready to read completely or even write to some degree. What you can and should be doing


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