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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Saving Sex Ed and an Overloaded Parent May 26, 2018

Dear Family Coach: My school district has a sex education program that I don't care for. Parents have the option of signing their children out of the class. I opted out for my two older children. However, this year all of my younger child's friends a... Read More

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Creating Good Readers and Brushing a Toddler's Teeth May 19, 2018

Dear Family Coach: I want my kids to be good readers and read as much as possible. What's the best way to make this happen? — Literary Dad Dear Dad: Being a good reader and enjoying reading are two totally different things. It is possible to be... Read More

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Letting Kids Handle Their Money and a Tattler May 18, 2018

Dear Family Coach: My children often receive holiday cards with money inside in the mail from their grandparents. They usually spend the money on stupid stuff they don't need. One time my son gave a $50 bill to the American Heart Association, which i... Read More