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Betsy Brown Braun
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Betsy Brown Braun, is the bestselling author of the award winning "Just Tell Me What to Say" (HarperCollins 2008), and "You’re Not the Boss of Me"(HarperCollins, 2010), a best seller also in its fourth printing. A renowned child development and behavior specialist, popular parent educator, and mother of adult triplets, she is a frequent speaker at educational and business conferences, has been a guest expert on Today, the Early Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Rachel Ray, and NPR, is a regular contributor to Fox News, and has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Family Circle, Parents, Parenting, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, and Good Housekeeping among countless other publications and websites. As the founder of Parenting Pathways, Inc., Betsy offers private consulting and parenting seminars as well. She and her husband live in Pacific Palisades, California.

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The Problem With 'It's Not Fair!'

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 3:48 PM

"It's not fair!" Can't you just hear the whiney tone that delivers that exclamation? I've yet to meet a parent whose child hasn't at some point or other protested, "That's not faaaiiiiiirrrr?" (Note the drawn out faaaiiiiiirrrr, added for extra impact on you, the parent.)

As common and grating as...

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5 Tips for Powering Up Your Parenting in the New Year

(4) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 10:57 AM

As the big hand creeps its way toward midnight on December 31, most people give at least a fleeting thought to New Year's resolutions. Those usually have to do with eating or exercise or a nagging behavior ripe for modification. And we all know how long those last: Not very....

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All Kinds of Feelings: A Child's Emotional Literacy

(2) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 6:19 PM

In the video, "Emotional Baby is Moved to Tears by Mom's Singing," we witness the power of emotion in even the youngest of babies. At only 10 months old, the baby's deep feelings spill over in the form of tears when he hears his mother's beautiful singing.

Learning...

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Keep the Happy in Halloween

(9) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 4:30 PM

In a well-watched video, Jimmy Kimmel shows kids' reactions to the news that their parents have eaten all their Halloween candy. Kimmel claims he was surprised to see how really upset many kids were. Not I! Kids love their Halloween candy. I repeat, they LOVE it.

What an...

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'I Don't Want to Go to School'

(8) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 3:37 PM

Now that the school year has begun, it won't be long before one morning you'll awaken to the declaration, "I don't want to go to school." It's a cry, actually more of a plea, which every parent is likely to face at least once, if not 10 times, each school...

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Smoothing the Start of the School Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 6:58 PM

It's August... that means three, four, even five more weeks of summer vacation depending upon your child's first day of school. Summer time and the livin' is (still) easy!

Even though the reliability of the school year schedule actually makes life easier for most children and parents, getting back into...

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Knowing Your Child

(2) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 1:59 PM

It isn't usually until the fall that I begin to hear chatter about parents wanting their kids to find their passion, who are eager to enroll their kids in specialized, extracurricular classes. I have already weighed in on this topic, kids finding passion. Eye roll.

But this year...

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Circle the Wagons: How Children Learn to Express Empathy

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 9:38 AM

Infants as young as 6 months have the ability to demonstrate empathy, according to current research. Whether or how empathy develops as the child grows is a whole different story. Here we go again, nature vs. nurture. A recent experience of mine points to an answer.

Cancer came...

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The Time To Show Up Is Now

(4) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 2:46 PM

I've just returned from a funeral for a friend's husband -- a father of five who died way before his time was up. And it was a five-Kleenex affair.

My mirror neurons, the ones that make you match the emotions of others, were hard at work. (You...

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The Trouble with 'Whyyyyyyy?'

(60) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 3:37 PM

You tell your child it's time for bed. Instead of the pitter-patter of feet running up the stairs, you get "Whyyyyyyy?" All parents have heard it. The funny thing is, you know your child isn't really looking for an answer.

"Well, dear, your body needs sleep in order for...

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Talking to Kids (or Not) About What Happened in Connecticut

(14) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 9:50 PM

There are no good words to explain to anyone -- let alone to kids -- what happened at the elementary school in Connecticut this morning. The horrific incident is every parent's worst nightmare, unfathomable and unspeakable. The air is heavy with the horror. The president of our country wept during...

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Time Release Gifts

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:17 PM

Hanukkah is here, and there are just two weeks until Christmas. The world is kicking into high gear for the holidays. It's inescapable. The media, advertisers and merchants are targeting our children and us, pointing us towards their ultimate goal: buy buy buy. It's no wonder that children across the...

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Throw Away Your Parenting Books

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 3:00 PM

"I'm almost finished reading [insert-name-of-parenting-book]," the first-time mom confessed, "and I have to tell you, it's really stressing me out!"

"Well, don't read it!" I urged. "Just put it away." (I think I actually suggested that she throw it away.)

That's kind of an odd recommendation from a parenting expert...

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It's Hard to Shut Up!

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 2:30 PM

I finally figured it out. I have found the magic key for getting along with your adult children: Whatever comes into your head to say, don't say it. This is especially true when those adult children become parents.

Relationships are evolutionary, and the parent-child one is no exception. It starts...

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You Are Who You Are When No One is Looking

(11) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 12:47 PM

The mother unwrapped the straw, poked it into the box, and handed the drink to her toddler as they walked out of the grocery store. The sliver of straw paper slipped from the mother's hand. I doubt that she even noticed it.

Rolling my grocery cart back to its...

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When a Vacation is a Trip

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:53 PM

Summer time and the livin' is easy... well, sort of.

The dog days are laced with so many expectations -- relaxed schedules, lazy days, warm evening bar-b-ques, no homework, lighter responsibilities, and vacations. Many parents have memories of fabulous family vacations from their youth. And for the kids, vacations...

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Why You Should Watch The Summer Olympics With Your Kids

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Olympic fever is starting to rise, and here is the good news: There are enough benefits to watching the Olympics as a family that you can throw your standard TV rules out the window. Beyond sheer entertainment, there's much to be learned by watching the games on the demon screen...

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Why You Should Watch The Summer Olympics With Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 5:54 PM

As Olympic fever is starting to rise, TV trays are coming out of the closet and families across the country are getting ready to adjust their one-hour-a-day screen time rule. Hey, it's the Summer Olympics! (Sports don't really count as screen time, right?)

Olympic fever is starting to rise, and...

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The Aurora Shooting: How To Talk To Kids About What Happened In Colorado

(21) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:16 PM

The horrific tragedy in Colorado has left us all speechless, shaking our heads in disbelief. How could this have happened? Could anything really have been done to stop this mad man? And what can we possibly tell our children...if they ask?

Parents are rendered tongue-tied when it comes...

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13 Ways To Deal With Kids Who Misbehave

(13) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:53 PM

Seems like almost every parent today knows that spanking is verboten. Everyone except that parent who says, "My father spanked me, and I turned out fine." To him I want to say, You don't remember how you felt while you were being spanked -- the terror, the helplessness, the anger.

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