Love, Always

Parenting // Patience

An interesting question…

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
—Jim Rohn

Have you ever held a newborn baby in your arms?

How did you hold that child?

I’m guessing you cradled the little one with tenderness, care, and reverence.

Your arms were gentle but firm, ensuring the child’s safety, pressed close to your heart.

If you were the parent of this child, and you were breastfeeding, I know you were watching what you ate (i.e., what you fed your baby). Alternatively, you were most likely giving your newborn the healthiest possible baby food. Only the best for your child. All natural, fresh, organic, if possible. Definitely no junk food or artificial nonsense!

You might also have whispered loving words, close to your child’s sweet face. “You are loved. You are safe. I will always take care of you.”

It is natural to give infants profound love and care. Their health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance. Their tiny, precious bodies are sacred, and we treat them accordingly.

And yet… many of us treat our own “grown up” bodies with carelessness, even neglect.

We don’t feed ourselves well, choosing low-quality foods over nutrient-rich, earth-grown options, or simply eating too much. We don’t keep ourselves hydrated properly. We skimp on sleep. Some people drink too much. Others say mean, hateful things to their reflections in the mirror. So many of us allow our stress levels to build and build until it’s all just too much.

So, here’s the question of the day:

How are you feeling in your body right now? Are you feeling vibrant, nourished and strong? Or is it time for a change? Time to start treating your body with the same level of nourishment and care that you might provide to a small child?

If you’d like to give your body some extra-special care, today, I invite you to treat yourself to my latest audio meditation… right here.

It’s called The “Feel Better” Meditation. 17 minutes of relaxation and healing to help you enjoy a more energized, focused, productive day. This meditation is especially good if you woke up feeling a little “blah” today. Enjoy to the fullest!

Take extra-special good care of your body this week. As Jim Rohn points out, it’s the only one you’ve got. And unlike investing in real estate or the stock market, investing in your health is one “personal investment” that always pays off, and that you will never, ever regret. :)

Love, always.


A Guidebook For Parents On How to Raise Happy, Successful Kids. IT STARTS WITH YOU, by Dr. Gelb.

“My daughter just won’t cooperate.”
“The tantrums have gotten out of control.”
“He promises to do his chores, but then he doesn’t.”
“She’s having trouble making friends at her new high school.”
“I’m trying everything I can think of… but I’m at my wit’s end!”

Sound familiar?

If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve uttered at least one of those statements during the past year—or something pretty similar.

Dr. Suzanne Gelb, a psychologist and life coach, who has worked with parents and families for many years, and also an attorney (currently inactive) who has handled family law cases, intimately understands your frustrations.

Year after year, moms, dads, and kids—from toddlers to teenagers—have stepped into Dr. Gelb’s offices, and she has heard stories about every crisis, melt-down, tantrum, and hair-pulling situation that you can imagine.

Three decades—and thousands of transformational success stories—into her career, Dr. Gelb has consolidated her immense knowledge into a new guidebook for parents:


This book does not outline a “revolutionary” or “ground-breaking” parenting philosophy. Rather, just the opposite. It’s a refreshingly simple guidebook on how to raise great kids by setting a great example that your kids naturally want to follow. As Dr. Gelb explains, you set the tone for your household. If your child is acting out, first, look towards yourself. IT STARTS WITH YOU urges parents to get back to basics—starting with your words, your actions, your role modeling; the messages that you knowingly (and unknowingly) feed to your child every day.


In this book, you’ll find:

—Relatable stories from parents and kids

—Tips on how to set age-appropriate rules and consequences for kids of all ages, including teenagers

—Worksheets to organize and track family chores and responsibilities

—Guidelines to help resolve dozens of tricky, uncomfortable scenarios (from public tantrums to curfew-breaking to texting at the dinner table to navigating major life events, like illness or divorce)

—Inspiration to heal and improve your own mind, body, and life—forgiving your own parents, releasing the past, becoming a stronger, more positive role model for your kids: a family leader who’s worthy of admiration and respect

Readers have called this book “game-changing” and “incredibly effective,” and the message rippling through the pages of IT STARTS WITH YOU is one of hope and empowerment:

It is never too late to become the person, parent, and role model that you want to be—and that your child needs and deserves.

Your child is looking to you & counting on you.

It all starts with you.


Digital (PDF). 172 pages. Instantly downloadable. Read it on your tablet, phone, or computer.


Soft cover. 184 pages. [Plus 1st class shipping/handling within the USA—$4.16].

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From parents:

“I always thought it was my kids’ fault for not cooperating. After reading this book, I realized that if I wanted them to cooperate, I needed to change how I was parenting. That’s exactly what happened (I made some changes, and then they did too). So remarkably simple… so incredibly effective. Wow!” 

—Belinda K.

“I’ve read a lot of parenting books, but this one is totally unique. Dr. Gelb has captured the essence of effective parenting in this gem of a book and taken the mystery (and the struggle) out of raising, happy, fun-loving, well-adjusted kids. Beautifully written, practical, easy-to-read. Finally, peace at home… thanks to this book!”
—Mark B.

“The stories that Dr. Gelb shares at the beginning of the chapters in the book about the parents she’s worked with—and their successes—are so inspiring to a parent like me who is pulling her hair out, trying to get my kids to listen. The self-reflection exercises throughout the book are game-changers. I went from feeling frustrated and helpless, to empowered and pleased with the changes I see in my kids (and my whole family) as I implement the tools and solutions offered in this book.”
—Tracy L.

From kids:

“Mommy read this book and now we have all our rules on a chart on the fridge. I know what I am supposed to do and I don’t forget things. Also, we don’t yell as much. It’s awesome!”
—Ryan, 8

“Daddy doesn’t get mad and yell at everyone, and slam doors like he used to. Mommy says it’s because he read your parenting book. I am so happy, thank you.”
—Adam, 9

“My parents never used to listen to anything I had to say. It was always, “Because I said so.” I used to cry myself to sleep, and not want to get up in the mornings. Lately [after they read this book] they’ve been really listening to me when I have something to say. For the first time ever, I feel heard in my family, and like I belong, and that I want to be part of this family. It’s so different at home now… so much better.”
—Jenny, 12


Digital (PDF). 172 pages. Instantly downloadable. Read it on your tablet, phone, or computer.


Soft cover. 184 pages. [Plus 1st class shipping/handling within the USA—$4.16].

Customers outside of the USA: please email your shipping address to We will promptly send you a payment link which includes shipping costs to your address. Pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal credit.

Please shop mindfully. No refunds or returns.

Praise for Dr. Suzanne Gelb

“Dr. Gelb’s warmth and calm nature make her extremely approachable. She is a gifted expert on a wide range of parenting topics, no matter what your child’s age. She’s inspiring, insightful and always empowering and provides you with the tools you need to become the best parent you can be.”
Ron Mizutani, Anchor, Reporter, KHON2 TV News

“As a fairly new mother, I am constantly learning about the many challenges, yet extraordinary blessings, parents endure. I always look forward to the practical and insightful advice Dr. Gelb offers.

Everything she shares is so inspiring, not only to myself, but to other parents as well. She has a wealth of knowledge and makes learning about parenting, family life and relationships informative, engaging and fun.”
Kanoe Gibson, Weather Anchor, Reporter, KHON2 TV News

“I have interviewed Dr. Gelb on a number of occasions relating primarily to issues of child-rearing. Her insight includes common sense, compassion and wisdom. If you have children, Dr. Gelb’s a good person to have in your Rolodex. [I’m dating myself, aren’t I?]”
Kirk Matthews, Anchor, Reporter, KHON2 TV News

“For the past 14+ years, Dr. Suzanne Gelb has contributed thought-provoking, problem-solving, inspired articles to every issue of Hawaii Parent. Her articles have enhanced the credibility & success of our magazine.“
Charlie Harrington, Publisher, Hawaii Parent Magazine

I just read and shared your beautiful article!
“It is never, ever too late to become the person, parent, and role model that you want to be.”
Love, Love, Love! You are so precious and your wisdom helps so many of us!
Dr. Susan Mathison

“Dr. Gelb has a gentle spirit that instantly makes you feel like you’ve come home. The depth of her wisdom is undeniable, her curiosity is insatiable and her love is palpable. These qualities make her the perfect guide for life.

In the pages of the Life Guides you will find practical and proven processes to support you in living your great life.

Whether it’s heart-centered wisdom on navigating the dating world, love-based strategies for becoming a parent, or reaching your ideal weight through kindness, Dr. Gelb’s Life Guides are gifts to be treasured.”
Dr. Gemma Stone


IT STARTS WITH YOU, Featured on Television

Dr. Gelb had the honor of celebrating the “birthday” of her brand new parenting book on Hawaii’s KHON2 News. Here she is with news anchor, Diane Ako (below right). Such a thrill for Dr. Gelb to release it into the world—on the air! Since then, as you see in the photo above, the cover has had a new birth, too!

Keiki Talk photo

Read an Excerpt from the Book

Download here.

Parenting Coaching / Counseling with Dr. Gelb

Learn more about how Dr. Gelb works with clients, including parents and families, here.


Digital (PDF). 172 pages. Instantly downloadable. Read it on your tablet, phone, or computer.


Soft cover. 184 pages. [Plus 1st class shipping/handling within the USA—$4.16].

Customers outside of the USA: please email your shipping address to We will promptly send you a payment link which includes shipping costs to your address. Pay with a debit or credit card, or PayPal credit.

Please shop mindfully. No refunds or returns.

Other Books by Dr. Gelb

The Life Guide On How to Get Ready to Be a Parent and Be the Best Mom Or Dad You Can Possibly Be

The Life Guide On How to Get Your Kids to Cooperate and Help Them Become the Best Grown-Ups They Can Be

The Life Guide On Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices About Dating and Sex

The Life Guide On How to Reach Your Ideal Weight Through Kindness, Not Craziness

The Life Guide On How to Rekindle That Spark and Create the Relationship and Sex Life That You Want

The Life Guide On How to Care for Yourself When You’re a Caregiver for Somebody Else

The Life Guide On How to Deal With People Who Drive You Absolutely Nuts

The Life Guide On How to Find Work That You Love When You’re Stuck in a Job That You Hate

The Life Guide On How to Forgive the One Who Hurt You Most of All

The Life Guide On How to Navigate Being Single and Savor Your Dating Adventure

The Life Guide On Aging with Grace, Strength and Self-Love

Welcome Home: Release Addiction and Return to Love

To interview Dr. Gelb about this book or set up a media appearance, please email:

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And here’s a brief mention about another book by Dr. Gelb… on another topic:

“We found that our addictions and compulsions subsided. Like a true miracle, we felt at peace and at home within our own lives”—excerpted from Welcome Home—Release Addictions & Return to Love. 25th Anniversary Edition.

To learn more, click here.

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PS. Please purchase mindfully, as no refunds are offered for any products.

Copyright © 2017 Dr. Suzanne Gelb. All Rights Reserved.

Fifty things to talk about at dinner.

Family meals. A precious opportunity to bond, educate, and nurture your children and yourself. As we nourish our beautiful, physical bodies with a delicious meal, we can feed our family’s soul—with great conversation, being totally present and fully attentive, and exuding love.

Here are some conversation starters to support your family in making family meals a blessed time of your day.

1. What was the best part of your day?

2. What are you grateful for today?

3. Does anyone have a good joke to tell?

4. How did your test go at school?

5. Did you help anyone today?

6. What is something really nice that someone did for you today?

7. If a friend was being bullied, what would you do?

8. What’s your favorite movie? Why?

9. What’s your favorite book? Why?

10. If you could invite someone to dinner, who would that be? What would you talk about?

11. If you had one wish that was guaranteed to come true, what would you wish for?

12. If you could be someone famous for a day, who would you be?

13. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

14. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

15. What’s the nicest thing about yourself and why?

16. If you could travel back in time, what era would you like to visit?

17. What’s something really nice that a friend has done for you recently?

18. What are you most proud of?

19. If there was one thing you could change in the world, what would that be?

20. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would that be?

21. If you could change one thing about your parents, what would that be?

22. If you could change one thing about your school, what would that be?

23. Who is your favorite teacher and why?

24. What do you think about home schooling?

25. How do you feel when someone is mad at you?

26. Who is your closest friend at school? What do you like most about them?

27. Do you know why people get divorced? Are any of your friends’ parents divorced?

28. Do you like your name? If you could pick a different name, what would you pick?

29. If you could make dinner for us tomorrow night, what would you prepare?

30. If you could decorate your room however you wanted, how would it look?

31. What fun activity would you like us to do as a family?

32. What is your favorite room or area of our home?

33. What do you like most about our family?

34. What are two goals that you have for this year?

35. What would you do if you found out that your best friend was lying to her parents?

36. Who is your favorite movie star or singer? Why?

37. Who is your favorite teacher or coach? Why?

38. What is your favorite activity that you like to do with your friends?

39. What is one of the most important lessons that you have learned?

40. What did you do during recess today?

41. How did your [insert after-school activity] go today?

42. Describe yourself in three words. Then describe me in three words. (You can go around the table and have everyone take turns describing each other.)

43. If you were President of the United States, what is the first law that you would pass?

44. What is your favorite vacation memory?

45. How do you like this dinner? What else do you think might make it better?

46. If you could change one thing about your day today, what would it be?

47. Put a glass on the table that’s half filled with water. Ask your kids: “Is the glass half full or half empty?”

48. If you were an architect, what kind of building would you design?

49. Out of all the people in our family, who are you most similar to?

50. Tell your kids: “I have to make a decision about something at work.” Briefly share the situation in an age-appropriate way. Then ask: “Can you help me?” Children love to feel that their opinion matters… and often, their ideas are quite creative and surprising!

This list of questions is an excerpt from my upcoming, new book for parents and kids, which is titled: It Starts With You. If you’d like to stay in the loop about when the book is released, hop onto my mailing list. Thank you!

Love, always.


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