My whole business began with the idea of giving parents practical techniques instead of theory

When Julie Ross’s first child was born, she made a discovery: those child-development textbooks she’d read for her master’s in psychology had little to do with diapers and feedings and crying spells. Theory was fine, but now she needed on-the-job training. She looked for a parenting support group, and discovered that the people leading them had the same degree she did.

“So I thought, let me just explore this,” she remembers. What she found was that parenting books and media “experts” were creating a generation of panicked parents uncertain about how to guide their children through the minefield of body image, Internet safety, substance abuse, sex-in addition to the less modern challenges of plain old growing up. “My whole business began with the idea of giving parents practical techniques to fix these things that people are writing about.”

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Is Your Kid Getting Enough Sleep?

According to new research being presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ national conference, a lot of kids need more rest.

Researchers surveyed parents of nearly 50,000 U.S. children ages 6 to 17 and found less than half are getting the recommended minimum of nine hours of sleep most weeknights.

CBS News asks counselor and parenting expert Julie Ross for some practical advice and some perspective.


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Can You Hear Me?

Working Mother magazine features an interview with Julie Ross, founder of Parenting Horizons, on the four essential parenting tools for keeping the lines of communication open with your teenager. Read the article online here

Tea and Consent

Many of my students have heard me talk about a short video that accurately and simply explains what "consent" looks and sounds like. Although this is the "clean" version, I still recommend reviewing it yourself before sharing it with your children. That being said, I believe that this short video can be a launching point for a great discussion -- not just about sex but also in the broader sense of setting boundaries (for example, "no means no".)

Is it possible to transform a toxic divorce into a harmonious one? How do you turn the blame and insults into positive productive communication? Listen to the KPCC Public Radio interview as Julie Ross suggests a variety of ways to mitigate the negative effects of infighting on the children of divorced parents.