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As part of the research I’ve been doing for the parenting book I’m currently writing, I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of your opinions over the past several weeks. While most of you have lots of useful advice and reasonable suggestions, the truth is that after reading your books, I end up feeling incompetent, thoughtless, and fairly certain that my child will grow up to be depressed, addicted, and possibly homeless because of my crappy parenting. (Perhaps I’m being a bit of a drama queen, but I’ll bet I’m not alone.)

The thing is, I want your advice. I need your help, but I don’t need the shame (I’ve got that covered already, thank you very much). And so, as a parent and a social worker, I’d like to offer a few suggestions for anyone with enough chutzpah to offer parenting advice (including myself)…

You can see the rest of the article, including my suggestions for parenting experts, over at