I'm a Parenting Media Association Award Winner!

Last Tuesday I was sitting at my desk checking email. I was expecting to answer some parenting questions, address some scheduling needs and see what new families has reached out. 

There was an email from my editor. I say, "my editor" loosely. I write a monthly column for New York Parenting. The email was from Susan Weiss, the editor. She has only emailed me a handful of times outside of confirmation of articles received. I was super curious. 

The subject was "New York Parenting took home 10 Awards!!!" Yup, she used 3 exclamation points, this was going to be exciting. I got myself ready to celebrate as I opened the email.

Parenting Media Association 2017 was in bold and big letters. How exciting, I thought, I write for a magazine that won so many awards! Then I kept reading and saw my name. 


I didn't understand as I did not apply, I wondered how could this be. Turns, out my editor submitted my column. I won the silver medal in my column (not just one article). The category is Child Development & Parenting Issues. 

There was a massive happy dance that happened in my home office, right there and then. Yes, I put on Megan Trainor, hopped on my trampoline and danced it out. I then called 3 different friends to share the exciting news with. Email has never been so fun!

The column is something I love doing. I have not received too much feedback about it. Each month I decide on a topic, write about and submit it. Cross my fingers and hope that parents find value in the stories I share. With the award I received feedback from the judges. Here is what they said: "This column gives parents some practical tips for dealing with behavior issues that seem to crop up from time to time. This feature has a strong connection with the reader while also offering a “cheat sheet” for how to handle the issues next time around, too."

This has been an amazing surprise!!

You never know when you will be a winner. You never know when a celebration will begin right at your desk. When it is your time, how will you celebrate?

Want to check out my column? Here are links to a few of my recent articles: 

December 2017 January 2018 February 2018

Transform Your Body as a Mom: The MUTU System!

Usually, I share with you action based insightful tidbits to make your children's behavior soar. Today is a different side to parenting. This blog is for you!!

You spend so much time running after your kids. Picking up after them, making food for them, doing laundry for them. Isn't it time you do something for yourself? Something that will not only feel good but will also help you look good :)

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Wendy Powell, founder of The MUTU System. An amazing exercise program, which is much more than an exercise program. It helps moms reconnect with their bodies. To feel good in their body again, build up strength and as an added bonus look good too! 

Don't take my word for it - list to what Wendy has to share. Then go learn more here!

The Secret to Balancing Your Time as a Busy Parent

Dr. Marcie has a fantastic chat with John, a father of 3 who is juggling too many schedules. John asks how to keep all the kids schedules organized and balanced. The secret is to use a timer to keep time on track while getting things done. We also discuss bedtime, which can be a magical time with kids. This is the moment to build up their self esteem, self image and ideal vision. Do it by simply sharing your vision of them. Listen to the video to hear exactly how to do it!

Building Bridges Between Parents and Teachers

Lately I have had countless conversations that break my heart!

Parents blaming teachers for all their behavior problems. Teachers complaining that parents are the reason kids don't listen. The complaints go on and on and on.
Why is this anyones solution? Why are we blaming each other? What does that achieve?

The actual solution, is to remember that we are all on the same team. We all, parents and teachers alike, are working to raise up our children. Working to teach them life skills and how to be amazing humans. We all want our kids to thrive.

When there are problems, lets talk. When there are problems, lets be understanding. When there are problems, lets ask high quality questions so we can find the answers together.

I found myself over and over again talking about how to treat each other with love and compassion. Teachers - love the parents of your kids and know they are doing the best they can. Many without training or support. Parents - have compassion for your teachers who have chosen to wake up each day and help your child learn and grow. From this place, everything is possible! From this place children will learn and behaviors will change.

When we come together amazing things happen! Watch this heart felt video to hear a few more thoughts about the importance of parents and teachers coming together...

How to Parent your Shy Child

Join the conversation between Dr. Marcie and Vickie, a parent of 2. Vickie shares her own experiences as shy child. She talks about how she worked to ensure her children did were not shy and Dr. Marcie uses Vickie's stories to show how shyness is a behavior and can be changed.

Vickie openly talks about her self as a child and as a parent. Allowing the stories she shares to be broken down behaviorally into best practices and teachable moments. With humor and honesty she shares her life with Dr. Marcie in this conversation about parenting.

If after watching you want to connect with Vickie - you can find her at www.vickiegould.com

Positive Yelling!

Life is all about decisions. I had this amazing conversation on Facebook Live with a brave mom. The content was so rich and deep. The quality of the video not so great. I had a decision to make - do I share the life changing message even though the video is not the standard I usually post?


It was not an easy answer. The polish, the clean shot, the filtered audio makes it easier for you to pay attention. Yet, the content will change your life. So I thought long and hard and decided YES. I am hoping you will overlook the imperfections of the appearance to get the message that will change the relationship with your children.

Join the conversation with me (Dr. Marcie) and Amy. Learn how to stop yelling at your kids and start positive yelling. See Positive Yelling in action. Hear ways to stop the parenting differences that strain your marriage. If you want to connect directly with Amy, you can find her at www.AmyWestbrook.com.

When have you had to make a similar choice - the option that looks good or the option that will be impactful?

Get Your Kids to Look at You and Listen!

Dr. Marcie reads from her new book Love Your Family Again. Action based tools are provided so you can make changes in your families life today! This chapter talks about eye contact and how to get your kids too look at you when you are talking with them. Then Dr. Marcie provides concrete solutions to keep you moving along in any situation. One small step at a time!

How to be a Great Parent!

I woke up this morning at 3:30 am. 

Wish I could say it was for something fabulous, but it wasn't. For the past 7 days, my sleep has been all over the place. I'm up when everyone else in NYC is asleep and asleep when everyone is up. It was ok over the weekend but during the work week, it is creating some interesting caffeine habits.

Thankfully, I know why this is happening. I spent two weeks on the other side of the earth and my body is taking its time to adjust to Eastern Standard Time.

One of the things that is keeping me going is my routine. I have a strong morning routine and evening routine when I am home. Getting back into those habits, along with some self-discipline is a life saver.

What does that actually mean?

It means that while I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, I did not let myself get out of bed until 6:30am. When I did get out of bed, I did my morning routine (shower, get dressed, meditate, breakfast...). Acting as if it was a normal day and not like I had already been up for 3 hours. Knowing what normal means is super helpful.

What is your normal? What are the habits that you can go back to when things feel wacky?

This week, I read the last chapter from Love Your Family Again. It is all about the solid foundational elements that make you great! Yes, it is framed around how to be a great parent, but while you listen think about the other areas of your life where you can use these same tools to build amazingness!

Check out the video. After watching the video, your action step is to go to Amazonand get your copy of Love Your Family Again. It is a #1 Best Seller!