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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Santa Surveillance and Checking Bedtime at College Dec 09, 2017

Dear Family Coach: My kids' behavior has been dreadful lately. I've tried everything, and I feel like I can't make a dent. The kids love Christmas and Santa, so I'm thinking about getting The Elf on the Shelf to encourage good behavior. Even though I... Read More

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Sabotaging College and Emotional Meltdowns Dec 02, 2017

Dear Family Coach: My son is a senior, and he is slowly throwing away all of his options for college. He has excellent SAT scores, but his grades are erratic. He isn't going to class and is missing a lot of assignments. When confronted, he is remorse... Read More

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A Homebody and a Christmas Tree Nov 25, 2017

Dear Family Coach: My son is strongly considering a college close to us so he can live at home. It's not a financial decision, as we have set aside enough money for dorms. My wife and I love our son, but we feel it would be best for him to experience... Read More