About Catherine Pearlman

Catherine Pearlman

Catherine Pearlman

Dr. Catherine Pearlman is the founder of The Family Coach, LLC, a private practice that makes home visits to help parents with typical parenting issues. Her mission is to help parents enjoy their parenting and kids more. To that end, she advises on all matters of parenting, such as potty and sleep training, discipline, food issues, sibling rivalry and more. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Pearlman is also an Assistant Professor in the social work program at Brandman University. She writes the Dear Family Coach column and articles on various topical issues for the Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, and has been featured several times on NBC’s "Today Show." Dr. Pearlman received her doctorate in social welfare at Yeshiva University and a master's degree of social work from New York University. Her bachelor's degree in the history of medicine and sociology is from Bucknell University.

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Devastating Headlines and Single Fatherhood Oct 14, 2017

Dear Family Coach: Lately, all of the news is having a disastrous effect on me. Every day, I become more and more depressed about world events, tragic shootings, police brutality and natural disasters. There is suffering all around, and I'm feeling h... Read More

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An Unwanted Boyfriend and Missing Parenting Oct 13, 2017

Dear Family Coach: My 15-year-old daughter believes she is in love. Despite our objections, she says that she will see her "boyfriend" no matter what we say. I don't allow dating until age 16. And I think in my daughter's case, it needs to be more li... Read More

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Devastating News and Constant Rebellion Oct 07, 2017

Dear Family Coach: My kids are exposed to what seems to be an endless stream of devastating news. Natural disasters, mass shootings and other forms of unspeakable violence are impossible for them to avoid. It's so normal for them that they are starti... Read More