A Problem with Today’s Parenting

Many parents try to be far better parents than their parents were, yet their children grow up feeling lost and empty. Discover why in this article. There was an interesting article in The Atlantic, entitled “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy: Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.” The article is about the way many parents focus much of their energy on being there for their children, but their children end up feeling lost and empty. One of the issues I’ve written about extensively is that half of good parenting is being there for our children, and the … [Read more...]

Adolescence – Is It Harder On Parents Than On Adolescents?

I’ve read an interesting article in New York magazine recently that states that the period of life called adolescence can be harder on the parents of adolescents than it is on the adolescents themselves. The author of the article, Jennifer Senior (also author of the book, All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood), quotes a leading authority on puberty named Laurence Steinberg, a psychologist at Temple University and author of the book, Adolescence. Ms. Senior writes, It doesn’t seem to me like adolescence is a difficult time for the kids,” Steinberg says. “Most adolescents seem to be going through life in a very pleasant haze.” … [Read more...]

Goal Setting Tips For A More Joyful 2014

Are you ready for a more joyful 2014? Are you ready to experience real changes in your life that are long overdue? Rather than making New Year's resolutions that never seem to last more than a month, take some time out today before midnight strikes to review the past year and set a few goals that will help you experience a more joyful and gratifying 2014. The process should not take more than about a half hour and will get you on the right path to achieving your heart's desires in 2014. It's important to set your goals now, in these last few moments of 2013, especially since we have a New Moon this New Years Eve. I've read that new moons … [Read more...]

Getting Outside The Box Of Cultural Conditioning

Last week, about a half hour after I sent out my article on how my teen athlete's back pain got completely relieved, I received an email from a reader telling me that he does not appreciate the religious content of my material.  The reader wrote, "I do not appreciate the religious content of this material.  I am sure that others do, but it is not what I am interested in reading...I am not comfortable with your philosophy/approach." Because I'm sure he's not alone in his view and in order to clarify where I'm coming from (because my view CAN be confusing and easily misunderstood at times, particularly because we all have preconceived … [Read more...]

Unleash the Power of Your Dreams

Besides paying attention to your intuition and inner nudges, you can pay attention to your dreams and by doing so, unleash the power of your dreams (which will go a long way toward helping you solve your and your family's problems and fulfill your higher purpose). This is because dreams are one of several ways the Divine uses to communicate with us, and if we pay attention we will gain the perspective and the assistance of the Divine. However, not many people remember their dreams and not long ago a reader of my articles emailed, asking me what to do so that he could remember his dreams. "Can you give me some insight into dreaming? I do … [Read more...]

Your Higher Purpose – To Help Create A World That Works For Everyone

For more than two decades now I've been driven to find and fulfill my higher life purpose.  By "higher" I mean not just having a job, advancing a career and being a good parent but fulfilling something deeper that tugged at me that I knew very little about, something that I felt I wasn't even connected to yet. How was I to know what that higher purpose was? That's like asking what's your soul's potential. You don't know until you really get into it. So in early 2001 I attended a 5-day Soul Recognition workshop to help me discover my higher life purpose.  One of the things I learned there was that I would write a "simple children's book" … [Read more...]

So What’s Your Excuse?

While driving my daughter to school on Friday morning the local radio hosts were talking about a Mother of three from Sacramento, California who posted a photo of herself that went viral on facebook. The photo showed an attractive, super-fit woman, three young boys aged 8 months, 2 years and 3 years, and the caption, "What's Your Excuse?" The radio hosts took phone calls from the listening audience, polling the listeners about whether the Mom was an inspiration to others, or whether she was just being obnoxious. (Most of the audience was positive and polite--at least in the limited time that I listened in.) And yesterday (Sunday) morning, the … [Read more...]

Parenting In Times of Crisis and Chaos

We are on the brink of much change on the planet, and it seems that the level of chaos is high right now. Here in the U.S. the federal government is partially shut down at the moment (due to Congress’ inability to agree on the budget and the projection that the U.S. Treasury will run out of money on October 17th). The level of fear is high and I see all around me—at the gasoline station, the store, and in families—that many people are on the brink of losing it. How do you keep your sanity and be a supportive, effective parent during such crazy times? I am not afraid of the times we are in and in fact, my philosophy about what’s happening … [Read more...]

How Do You Find Your Higher Purpose?

In last week's article I wrote about how many of society's problems (including the problem of illegal drugs being trafficked to the teenagers in our neighborhoods) will be resolved by individuals who connect with their (divine, inner) power, and fulfill their "Higher Purpose." But how do you find your higher purpose and how do you know when you're on the path of your higher purpose, as opposed to just going through your "normal" operating state? How do you know you're actually doing your higher purpose, as opposed to just going through your "default" way of being, going through the motions of your job or career? Over the course of a few … [Read more...]

A Friend Follows His Intuition And Fulfills His Dream

As you may have noticed in this magazine, we place a lot of importance on following one's intuition. I believe it's a very important thing to do, particularly right now, for your family's benefit, for your own benefit, as well as for the greater good. Everyone's uplifted in some way. (An aside: I have discovered that when you follow your intuition not only do you benefit, but also everyone and everything else around you. But that's a subject that I will say more on in a future article...) For example, by following her intuition, "Silicon Valley Mom" was able to turn around the situation of her 16-year old daughter's eating disorder rather … [Read more...]