Nina Sidell’s ‘Parenting for Life’ – A Revolutionary New Paradigm for Families

131337-473954-3_320x400(PCM) Many parenting books that are filled with advice for parents with children of all ages seem like a tug-of-war; but now there is a book with an honest, empowering, and extremely positive and helpful approach to parenting

Author Nina Sidell, M.A. has written “Parenting for Life,” an exciting new parenting book focused on strengthening your relationship with your child — starting from the baby and toddler stages, through the teen years, and continuing until they are mature adults. A true visionary, she has found a way for adults to look back to discover and heal the way they were parented.

“Parenting for Life,” received the internationally prestigious “Mom’s Choice Award,” which honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services, and the cutting-edge and thought-provoking book has also been endorsed by Deepak Chopra, MD, who said: “If you are interested in conscious parenting, this book is an excellent guide.”

Sidell explains in her powerful 288-page book, that other typical parenting books most often explore what is wrong with a child, where the child gets stuck, or how to remedy behavior problems.

Although these books are well meaning, Sidell says that they leave out “the essential opportunities for mutual learning and growth present within the parent-child relationship, and what the parent brings to the table.”

Many parenting books are filled with advice for parents with children of all ages yet miss the importance of the parent-child relationship across a lifetime. Now there is a book with a positive and revolutionary approach that holds parents accountable and propels healthy family relating; ideal for the times we are living in today.

There are many personalized aspects and developmental stages to deal with when raising and relating to children and young adults. “We now have a parenting manual that is designed to help parents, children, and families navigate their lifetime relationship better.”

“Parenting for Life,” Sidell explains, “Is a guide book for parents who are contemplating, expecting, raising, or relating to their children. The manual is designed to educate, encourage, and inspire individual and coupled parents.” Sidell’s award-winning new book, “Parenting for Life,” provides vital tools to help you connect with your growing and grown kids in new and powerful ways.

Sidell is a skilled, highly intuitive therapist in private practice. She has a B.A. in psychology, and her Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. She works as a therapist and life coach with children, families, teens, women and couples; as well as writes, lectures and facilitates workshops on parenting, relationships and personal development. The mother of two sons, who resides in Suburban Philadelphia, has also written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines.

There are three sections in the book and her hands-on approach provides “homework assignments” at the end of each chapter for parents to follow.

One major piece of advice from Sidell is that “the best approach is to “view and enjoy our children for who they are from the get-go,” she explains in her book. “Our expectations are best managed when we look at ourselves, our histories, our attitudes, and our children as they are. It is most effective to be unconditionally loving, respectful, realistic, and supportive of your child in each moment.”

Sidell, who has worked as a therapist with children, couples and families for more than 25 years, goes to explain that “we must value children’s feelings, opinions, wishes, and limits as the lifetime relationship grows.”

Sidell said that families are no longer the picture of the popular ’50s TV show “Father Knows Best.” She explains while the meaning of family has remained relatively the same; the configuration and needs of today’s family has changed in modern times.

Her book on formulating successful lifetime parenting also encourages readers to create a Parenting Journal to work on each of the 20 homework assignments in the chapters of the book. “By applying the principles and practices of the book, you can personalize your own inspirational parenting journey.”

mca_book_coverHere is a close-up look at Nina Sidell’s vital lessons from “Parenting for Life.”

Q: Please tell me about your book.

NINA SIDELL: “Parenting for Life,” Creates a new niche’ and paradigm in parenting. The sub-title for Parenting for Life is “Consciously Creating Your Lifetime Relationship with Your Child.” This book helps readers connect with their children at all stages in their lifetime relationship. It holds parents accountable, discusses the importance of mutual love, respect, and empathy as well as healthy roles and limits. There is homework at the end of each chapter to support the parent on their journey. Practical and powerful, “Parenting for Life,” offers parents of all ages tools to strengthen and heal relationships with their children.

Q: Overall, how do you see your book, “Parenting for Life?”

NS: I feel that my book is a socially relevant and revolutionary guidebook for individuals and couples, both before and after they become parents. This new approach heals lives. It can also help heal adult children who need to better understand and forgive their parents.

Q: What is important to understand about your approach to parenting?

NS: We must tune into where our expectations as parents come from. With this orientation, we can better accept and allow for our children’s individual process. Development cannot be rushed; nor can individuality. Your responsibility is to try to understand what your child is both saying and showing to you, all the days of your lives.

Q: How important is being a role model for our children?

NS: Being the best role model possible is always the goal, since children follow their parent’s lead. I advise parents with children of all ages that the consistent messages they send and model to their children will take hold in some way. A parent models strength and vulnerability as the family leader and how to navigate their inner and outer worlds.

Q: What do you feel is a good path for a healthy parent-child relationship?

NS: It is helpful when a parent identifies their parental feelings and goals around being a parent and welcomes the development of this lifetime relationship. See and love your children as individuals with unique gifts and needs to be valued, cherished, and encouraged. Keep your child safe and grow alongside him or her as you both evolve. Beyond trying to be a friend to your child, a parent’s job is to be the team leader, primarily to be a protector, guide, safe role model, and consistently loving and responsive caregiver to your child. The process of learning and relating lasts a lifetime between parent and child. The relationship starts from the beginning of your time together until the end of your time together. Keep your mind and heart open every step of the way as you both learn and grow.

Q: Why did you write your book?

NS: After a near-death experience I realized that I wanted to expand my work as a practicing psychotherapist to reach more people. I found that the practices and tools that were effective for me as a mother and clinician working with families, couples, and children provided a powerful and practical set of tools — valuable information to share with the world. “Parenting for Life” creates a new parenting paradigm that heals lives.

Q: Please tell me more.

NS: Well, as parents we often learn while in the throes of the parenting experience. We hope to do the best for our children, with the love, skills and knowledge we have at the time. Sometimes parents behave as their parents did, which may or may not have worked then or be effective now. Children need the best start in life that they can have while parents need to take responsibility for their parenting style, history, and role in co-creating this unique lifetime relationship.

Q: Do you have advice for parents just starting out?

NS: I feel that the best approach is to view and enjoy your children for who they are from the get-go. Your feelings and expectations are best managed when you look at yourself and your attitudes about your children. Managing your time and self-care are very important to fortify your energy as life with a child unfolds. Educate yourself and seek support when need be as you learn about your child and how to best parent them.

Q: What does ‘effective conscious parenting’ mean?

NS: Effective conscious parenting is described when a parent is self-aware of their intentions, feelings, attitudes, words and actions toward their child, applying this awareness for the benefit of the child and the relationship. It is utilizing tools and practices that offer growth-focused parenting.

Q: What are some primary roles of an effective parent?

NS: An effective parent’s job is to provide the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual anchor that stabilizes your child’s sense of safety and security, and the wings that give him or her freedom to explore the environment and his or her identity. Another key, aside from keeping children feeling loved and safe, is supporting individuality. This includes accepting and supporting a child’s individual personality, gifts, self-expression, and needs.

Q: What else would you like to say about this?

NS: No two children are alike and each one must be treated as uniquely special. For every family there is typically some dysfunction and up’s and down’s. A parent who can be heart-centered ensures the importance of unconditional love and respect. Inviting appropriate, open dialogue, creating healthy routines and boundaries, and learning experiences are key. An open learning environment, such as welcoming “insight moments” and “lifetime insights” are practices that help the family focus on growth as opposed to challenges- which builds life skills for all.

Q: What is another key to keep in mind?

NS: A home that is filled with love fills up the giver and the receiver… one major key to successful parenting is that love and respect go together, and that they are valued as mutual practices between parent and child. Knowing home is a safe harbor provides shelter from the storms of life, reassuring your child that he or she is not alone. Living in a home that is treated like a sacred place is the best way to start the day and the most reassuring way to end the night.

For further information about Author, Speaker, Life Coach and Therapist Nina Sidell, M.A. and “Parenting for Life,” please go to: The book is available from Amazon, Create Space, Kindle, and Barnes & Noble.

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Bride Sells Her Wedding Dress On Ebay To Fund Divorce


(PCM) A U.K. bride is making headlines as she is selling her wedding dress on Ebay to assist with funding her pending divorce. In her hilarious, yet bitter, posting she claims that her ex-husband has left her to “foot the bill”.

It is the incredibly tongue-in-cheek posting by 28-year old Samantha Wagg that has caused her Ebay list for a size 6 Art Deco wedding gown to go viral. She goes into great detail about her pending divorce from her “cheating scumbag of a husband”.

Wagg is accepting emails from people who have questions about the dress and “the skank that my husband ran off with”, she also hilariously warns buyers that they should be sure to dry clean the dress before wearing to get rid of the “stench of betrayal”.

Wow! Definitely would make us rethink purchasing this one!

Wagg had made an initial posting in regards to the dress however it wasn’t getting any attention. Her brother suggested making it funny in hopes of going viral and the results have been astonishing.

Wagg says her parents paid around $2,600 for the dress back in 2014, however her incredibly comedic bid has raised the price upwards of over $86,000!  Wagg will not reveal any more details about her divorce and claims that she has been approached to appear on several U.K. reality television series, which she is seriously considering.

Wagg says she is humbled by outpouring of love and support from people all over the world and that she has managed to forgive her ex-husband for his mistake and wishes him nothing but the best (without her!) for the rest of his life. She goes on to say “I am very happy now, so I hope he is too.”

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Trucker Meets The Love Of His Life After Texting A Number Found In A Bathroom Stall


(PCM) Who would have ever suspected that after texting a random number found scrawled on the wall of a bathroom stall you could possibly meet the love of your life. That is precisely what happened to Mark Ellis and his now wife Donna Roberts. Out of curiosity Ellis texted her number, which her ex-boyfriend had spitefully etched onto the wall of a gas station bathroom, and the rest is blissful history.

Roberts’ number was scrawled into the wall with the following message: “If you want a good shag, call Donna on …”. A boredom and curious Ellis decided to see what would happen and sent Roberts the following text saying “Hi, what are you up to?”.  Roberts, who was very confused, responded to the text with “Who is this?” and then the pair began chatting. They met up in-person a few days later and ended up falling in love.

The couple are now married and have two children. Ellis said he was initially curious if the number belonged to a real human being or not and claims that he and his wife still laugh about the situation to this day. Roberts did eventually change her phone number to be sure that she did not receive any more calls from random strangers. The two live in Brighouse, West Yorks, England and despite it being quite a unique story, the couple are not ready to explain to their children ages 8 and 9 just how mom and dad met. They simply say “He texted me by mistake”.

This one is certainly a unique love story, as we are fairly certain that most love affairs that begin with a number in a gas station bathroom might feature a happy ending, but not necessarily a happy ever after.

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The Verdict Is In! Science Reveals That Humans Need To ‘Party’ To Survive!


(PCM) Much to the delight of college students everywhere new studies reveal that “partying” is part of our primal instinct as human beings and is fundamental to our growth and development as a way to bond with others and create long-lasting relationships.

New research by evolutionary psychiatrists claim that our ancient ancestors would gather in large groups and move rhythmically together creating the very first “party” atmosphere.   While it certainly wasn’t a kegger, these gatherings provided ancient groups of people a way to bond and communicate and ultimately survive.

It also seems that people who were blessed with good coordination and rhythm may have had an overall evolutionary advantage. Research from a French sociologist by the name of Émile Durkheim claims that individuals feel a certain sense of “electricity” when they are in close contact with others. This “electricity” is then released to those around them. It then becomes a situation with a high degree of emotional excitement within the group.

University of Montreal researcher Paul Carls adds “This impersonal, extra-individual force, which is a core element of religion, transports the individuals into a new, ideal realm, lifts them up outside of themselves, and makes them feel as if they are in contact with an extraordinary energy”

Early parties were generally based upon some sort of religious or spiritual journey, as people would become uplifted being guided by a priest or a shaman and gain a euphoric feeling. This is much the same behavior that we showcase now when we go out to a bar or nightclub and the music from the DJ and the collective mind-set of the environment gives us the same uplifting or euphoric feeling.

The research also shows that by nature we have primordial and instinctive response to follow rhythm and be driven by it! So, go ahead and get your “party” on, it’s only human nature after all!


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Mother Reunites And Falls In Love With Her Long-Lost Son! Pair Could Now Face Jail Time!


(PCM) One oddly unique New Mexico couple could be facing potential jail time for their love affair. Why would that be? Well, because the pair just happen to be mother and son. Yes, you read that correctly! 36-year old Monica Mares recently reunited with her long-lost son 19-year old Caleb Peterson who she gave up for adoption at birth.  The pair linked up via Facebook and then upon first meeting, they promptly fell in love.

When speaking with the Daily Mail, Mares commented, “He is the love of my life and I don’t want to lose him. My kids love him, my whole family does. Nothing can come between us not courts, or jail, nothing…. I have to be with him. When I get out of prison I will move out of Clovis to a state that allows us to be together.”

Peterson adds that the two became an item when “We were hanging out just talking and I looked at her and she looked at me and I kissed her. It was a real kiss it had feelings behind it, there was a spark that ever since then it just stayed. Honestly I never thought we would get into trouble for our relationship. We were both consenting adults – when it comes down to it.”

The mother/son couple decided to go public with their story to bring awareness to Genetic Sexual Attraction (GSA) relationships. We are not even sure we knew this type of situation needed awareness, however one thing to keep in mind is that incestuous relationships are still very much illegal in all 50 states of the U.S. Mares and Peterson each face up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted on indecency charges.

Mares, who has nine other children in addition to Peterson, claims that she is willing to give up having a relationship with her other children in order to maintain her romantic entanglement with Peterson. Currently, due to a court order put in place, Mares is to have no contact with Peterson or her other children at this time.

Mares claims that she will endure what she has to in order to be with Peterson saying “It is every bit worth it. If they lock me up for love then they lock me up. There is no way anybody could pull us apart, and I really do love him.” Peterson echos her sentiments saying “In two years time I can see us living together happily living our lives. True love can do anything.”

The whole situation is pretty darn disturbing!  The court system is having some problems with the case as they are trying to prove that Peterson is a victim rather than a defendant.

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Did You Know That You Can Actually Hire A Bridesmaid?


(PCM) Just in case you feel that you can’t rely on your friends in your time of need as a bride, Jen Glantz has your solution with her company “Bridesmaid For Hire“. After many years of being a bridesmaid in all of her friend’s weddings, Glantz decided to use her knowledge and experience to create a company that allows you to hire a bridesmaid to take on all the responsibilities that your friends may not be able to handle.

Talk about a great idea! When checking out Glantz’s website, we see that she offers multiple packages and various levels of consultation to assist with making a brides big day run as smooth as humanly possible. Glantz says that she can be a “personal assistant-on-call therapist- social director-the ultimate peacekeeper”, as well as offering assistance to the Maid Of Honor as well.

Glantz claims that she has no issues with handling some of the less glamorous aspects of being a bridesmaid such as holding your dress up while you pee and dancing with your drunk uncle during the reception, you know, those things your girlfriends most likely wouldn’t want to do!

Check out the video below to learn more:

Glantz certainly has quite an impressive resume, in fact, she has even written a book about her life as a bridesmaid. It is literally like the plot of the film “27 Dresses” come to life!

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