There is no right or wrong family size, but there is strong evidence demonstrating a firstborn and only child edge. In families, the finite resources parents have means that any given sibling will be given less time and attention than if they were an only child. In essence, siblings compete for whatever their parents can provide. … Read More


Book of No: Excerpt, Table of Contents, Quiz and More.

Tips for saying no, featured in the Book of No “Yes.” “Sure.” “No problem.” You’re asked and you agree. That’s a guaranteed formula for making yourself miserable. Here are a few more reminders from The Book of NO: Think “no” before you think “yes”, I will do that for you. The word “no” is enough. Lengthy explanations leave… Read More


Book of No: Excerpt, Table of Contents, Quiz and More.

Quiz featured in the Book of No KEY SIGNS YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY SAYING “NO” If three of these sounds vaguely like you, you are not protecting yourself. You allow other people to run your life and will want to add “no” to your vocabulary. 1. You work 70 hours a week but get paid for… Read More


Book of No: Excerpt, Table of Contents, Quiz and More.

An excerpt of the Book of No From the Introduction When Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the song “I Cain’t Say No” for the popular Broadway musical Oklahoma, they were definitely on to something. “Yes.” “Sure.” “No problem.” The words are out of your mouth before the reality or the enormity of the commitment you make… Read More


Book of No: Excerpt, Table of Contents, Quiz and More.

Table of Contents Author’s Note: Yes, I Need This Book   Introduction: The No Word Stepping into No: The Basics No: A Learned Skill Saying Yes to the NoWord The No Credo   Part 1 With Friends Who’s a Friend? When No Is Crystal Clear Getting Personal Buying Time You’re Invited Out and About: Social… Read More


Today the lines between parent and child are increasingly blurred, with a noticeable number of mothers and daughters behaving like peers–swapping texts, clothes, music and, often, the intimate details of their sex lives. Such a strong bond brings with it an enviable sense of camaraderie and openness, but is there such as thing as being too close to your child?… Read More