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Maureen O’Brien (aka Dr. Mo) has sometimes been called SuperNanny with a degree. Her PhD in child development and her 20+ year career working with families certainly help, but her strongest credential is that she is herself a mother of twins. She knows what it s like to juggle work and family, and she likes to remind moms and dads that parenting is a lifelong journey. It is this combination of education and experience that infuses her work as a parenting coach, speaker and author of two parenting books - Watch Me Grow: I m One, Two, Three and Advantage, Mom: 20 Lessons from a Parenting Pro.

Dr. Mo s parenting guidance is practical. It is marked by humor, humility, and reflection. She notes, It’s not easy being a parent. Just when you think you have figured out the rules, your child changes the game. Her passion for helping families cope with the inevitable trials and tribulations of life is boundless. She happily shares tips and advice on topics from sleep to tantrums to discipline on her website,
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Maureen O Brien (BostonIrish/Dr. Mo) has a PhD from the University of Minnesota and a MA from Temple University. She graduated with a psychology degree from Brown University.


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  • Parenting Guru: Top 10 Reasons Why Teens Are More Terrible Than the "Terrible Twos"
    There are so many articles and books about the terrible twos. They convince us parents that once (if) we survive those toddler years, the rest is gravy. Well, guess what? The twos are a piece of cake compared to the teens. Here are 10 reasons why:
  • Parenting Guru: The Bank of Mom is Now Closed!
    When my children were growing up, I focused on skill-building in lots of ways. Unfortunately, I didn't pay enough attention to financial skills, and now I'm paying the price for that oversight.
  • Parenting Guru: Pangs of the Empty Nest
    We all know our children will leave the home eventually. But the empty nest still hits hard, and we feel the daily absence of our children keenly. It's helpful to trust what we've done and know that they'll still reach out to us when they need us.
  • Parenting Guru: Holidays and grief: Tips for getting through the season
    Holidays can be joyful, but they can also highlight the pain of a loved one we have lost. Parents can help their children cope around the holiday season by balancing grief with finding a "new normal" together.
  • Parenting Guru: November is NED month for me!
    Cancer anniversaries are a reminder of what's important in life: friends, family, neighbors, community. There is no better time than Thanksgiving to show gratitude to our support systems.
  • Parenting Guru: Trick-or-treating is not for everyone!
    Beware, parents of youngsters: Halloween is not for All Souls, after all. A child's age and temperament may determine whether the night is terrific -- or terrible.
  • Parenting Guru: An Open Letter to My Teenager
    Parenting a teenager is a tough job. Neither side 'understands' the other, so conflict is inevitable. Sometimes it helps to think about the other's perspective...
  • Parenting Guru: We are a family fitness failure!
    It's not from lack of trying, but our family has never quite managed to pull together a family fitness routine. At least not all together. Sometimes the kids will play tennis on their own, but it's tough to find one activity that all of us will enjoy.
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  • Parenting Guru: Traveling solo with kids - Do's and don'ts
    Traveling as the only adult with infants, toddlers and young children is stressful. Here are some tips that will minimize stress and maximize the chance of a smooth trip. Whether you are traveling by boat, train, bus or plane, preparation is the key!
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  • Parenting Guru: Is your child's summer reading list fantasy-filled?
    While there's much to be said for the imagination-filled books of JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, non-fiction can introduce your child to new worlds as well. Try adding a biography to this summer's reading list -- and read along!
  • Parenting Guru: Can your nanny be a friend?
    Motherhood is a tough job to begin with. It's even tougher when you have to negotiate your childrearing with another caregiver who isn't a parent. But done successfully, childcare can be a true gift -- to you and your kids.
  • Parenting Guru: Parents Ruin Easter Egg Hunt for Kids!
    Parents are going overboard by behaving badly in public. To make matters worse, they justify their actions by saying they were doing it "for their kids". Is this the latest example of helicopter parenting?
  • Parenting Guru: Sore loser? Not my kid!
    No one wants to lose. But everybody does, sometimes. Here are four ways for parents to help their child become a graceful loser and strive to be a better teammate.
  • Parenting Guru: And they call it puppy love…
    This is a lovey story. Children carry "loveys" from place to place to remind them of home. Stuffed animals, blankets, dolls -- all of these objects provide comfort and make young children feel safe.
  • Parenting Guru: Twins... together and apart
    Twin relationships are uniquely special. There's a closeness, a bond, that exists which is present while they are awake and, even, while they sleep. As a parent, to witness our children grow older and apart can be painful, but also reassuring.
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  • Parenting Guru: It's Not the Bling, It's the Feeling that Matters This Holiday Season
    My mantra is that a gift from the heart is the gift that keeps on giving. So for this holiday season, consider putting away the credit card and put on your thinking cap. I'm sure you'll be able to come up with a simple gift for loved ones.
  • Why Parents Shouldn't Hide Bad News
    Talking about death to young children is an art, not a science. But there are definite do's and don'ts to the conversation, according to experts in the field. Here's what I've learned.
  • Parenting Guru: Ode to Summer Travel...being over!
    Our family has a reputation for complex travel stories. Rarely do things go smoothly. If there's any chance of delays, lost luggage or acts of God, we are there. Right smack in the middle of things. Case in point: our latest 3 generation family reunion trip last month.Could we have a stress-free dep
  • Parenting Guru: 5 things I hope my teenage children will do (that I haven’t done)'s a hot, lazy summer day and I'm feeling a little nostalgic. My kids are growing up WAY too fast, and are now 17. I remember that age so vividly. The world seemed full of possibilities in some ways, yet claustrophobic in others. I was full of my own and others' expectations. In the years si
  • Parenting Guru: Anxious about Camp? Tips you can use.
    Look, camp can be stressful. It's supposed to be great, but it's not always fun for everyone. Sometimes it's the child who's nervous, but other times, if we're honest, it can be our own parental anxiety on display. So if either you or your young child are anxious, an overnight summer camp experience
  • Parenting Guru: To Be Online or Not to Be Online...That's No Longer the Question
    Our family's wireless service has been down for 48 hours. I don't know whether I'm more anxious or relieved. Nope, definitely more anxious. Not because I can't access Facebook, mind you. My concerns stem from how disconnected from school my kids and I are if we're offline. I guess I hadn't realized
  • Parenting Guru: Flying Solo
    Every time someone mentions they are going to Orlando with their young kids, I cringe. Not because I have anything against Disneyworld. No, I shudder at the "O" word because it evokes one of my most stressful parenting travel memories. It's now been so long that I can laugh about it, but at the time
  • Parenting Guru: Can you hear me now, Tooth Fairy?
    In the top drawer of my carved mahogany jewelry box, buried amongst the once-trendy necklaces and the lonely single earrings rests a cheap, green plastic container. Once opened, it reveals an unusual treasure: one of my son's baby teeth. He happened upon it a few years ago, when I was sorting throug
  • Parenting Guru: A Wish List for My Sons
    Dreams, to me, are weightless. Impossible to touch, they seem unfocused and unattainable. So when I imagine my sons' futures, I think in terms of aspirations. Aspirations are within our grasp. When we aspire to something, we can see progress as we bring our goals to life. So, what aspirations do I h
  • Parenting Guru: 10 little things I love about my post-cancer life!
    Having a cancer diagnosis is life-changing. No surprise there. What I didn't anticipate, however, is when the shock of the diagnosis-treatment phase shifts to wait-and-see recovery mode. That's when your appreciation for little things really kicks in. It reminds me of when I first donned a pair of e
  • Parenting Guru: O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree...
    [Editor's note: This month, Shine Parenting Gurus are sharing their tips on how they get through the holiday season without losing their wits and patience. Have a tip to add? Join in!]
  • Parenting Guru: Thanksgiving, grace and cranberries
    "Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. "--Dwight L. Moody
  • Parenting Guru: Why we've started apologizing with humor
    Most of my rapidly graying hair stems from conflicts with my teenage sons. You see, we have a hard time admitting when we're wrong. My kids are genetically doomed, after all. With an Irish mom and a Cuban dad - we call ourselves Cubish - there's no shortage of temper or stubbornness in our home. I g

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