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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Extreme Stranger Danger and Crazy Neighbors Feb 24, 2018

Dear Family Coach: My daughter, who is just 3, seems to have severe stranger danger and social anxiety. She struggles to use public bathrooms and attend fun activities like storytime. She won't participate, shuts down, clings to me and cries. Everyon... Read More

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Eating Paper and Test Anxiety Feb 17, 2018

Dear Family Coach: My 7-year-old son is always ripping the pages off of books and eating them. All the corners are gone and eaten. I have no idea what to do about this, or if I should even do anything about this. Is this normal or a problem? — ... Read More

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Broken Cellphone and Therapy-Averse Dad Feb 10, 2018

Dear Family Coach: I know my son broke his cellphone on purpose so he could get a newer one. He denies it, but I have proof. He needs a phone. But I'm hesitant to get this for him, since it feels like I would be rewarding dishonesty. What should I do... Read More