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My client, Dr. Nina Shapiro,  Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and author of Take a Deep Breath: Clear The Air For The Health Of Your Child appeared on The Early Show this morning to talk about children and breathing. Wondering what’s normal and what is not?  Check out this segment.




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Recently,  my client, Betsy Brown Brown, child development specialist and bestselling author of Just Tell Me What To Say and You’re Not The Not The Boss Of Me shared her expert advice with America Now on whether or not parents should share their beds with their babies. Watch the segment for Betsy’s take on this controversial question.


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Eight-year-old Jeffrey suffered from severe breathing and sleeping disruption as a result of his enlarged adenoids, an area of extra tissue in the back of the nose. The enlarged tissue physically blocks the nasal air passages, so when a child inhales, the air hits the adenoids instead of the air passage to the throat and lungs.

After several unsuccessful medical treatments, Jeffrey went under the knife to have his adenoids removed.

Pediatric otolaryngologist and author of Take a Deep Breath, Dr. Nina Shapiro, performs the adenoidectomy.

An adenoidectomy is a common procedure, with about 500,000 performed annually in the United States. The adenoids are removed or shaved down to make more room for the patient to breathe. The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and leaves no visible scars. Patients are generally able to resume normal activity within two days.

• Buy a copy of Dr. Shapiro’s Take a Deep Breath. 

While you cannot see your child’s adenoids, you can watch for symptoms:
• Chronic stuffy nose
• Snoring
• Sleep apnea

Since appearing on The Doctors, Jeffrey and his family received the unfortunate news that Jeffrey has cancerous Desmoplastic small round cell tumors (DSRCTs), unrelated to the adenoid procedure. For an update on Jeffrey’s treatment, or to donate for his care, please visit




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My client, parenting expert and bestselling author of Just Tell Me What To Say and You’re Not The Boss of Me, Betsy Brown Braun was a recent guest on America Now. If you want to catch what she has to say and learn how you can set up an allowance system for your child watch here.

Betsy suggests several chores that will help your kids learn how to earn.

Potential Chores for Children:

  • Set the table
  • Clear the rest of the table, after each person clears her plate;
    push in the chairs, put placements away, sponge off the table,
    dust-bust under the table
  • Empty the dishwasher (starting at age six; breakables may require help)
  • Empty the silverware container of the dishwasher (at age four or five)
  • Empty the small room wastebaskets into the kitchen trash
  • Sort the laundry by color or by owner
  • Put clean socks together by pairs
  • Carry laundry to owners’ rooms
  • Bring in the newspaper
  • Bring in the mail
  • Take out the big trash bins; bring in the empty trash bins
  • Feed the pet; fill the water dish
  • Clean up the pet poop
  • Water outdoor plants
  • Pick up/rake leaves from specific areas
  • Sweep patio/porch/walkway/garage
  • Dust-bust the car
  • Dust bust anywhere!
  • Wash (spritz) the car windows
  • Sweep/dust-bust kitchen or common areas
  • Sponge off family room table; straighten the magazines

Betsy says that powerful kids make powerful adults, and power begins with personal responsibility.  If you start with a very small base pay, set up a regular schedule of chores above and beyond the base pay. Be consistent with the allowance and your child will have a more powerful understanding of why money matters.




The second is a segment about implementing an allowance system.

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Is Your Toddler Too Young For Math Bootcamp? Just how young is too young for a child to begin a hardcore academic regimen? Many parents now start children as young as three years old on intense biweekly math and reading drills. My client, leading Beverly Hills child and family psychotherapist, Dr. Fran Walfish, weighs in on this new trend to send kids as young as three to programs like Junior Kumon and Sylvan Learning.  Watch the story on CBS Los Angeles here.

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Read about Dr. Fran Walfish’s views on sports and tots.



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