Harley Rotbart, M.D.

When is a Fort Not Really a Fort, and When is it Even Better?

Money didn’t come easily for our family when we were kids, and mom watched every penny to make sure we had enough for the essentials. So when she “invested” a whole dollar to buy a “life-like” play fort, she was understandably upset when it finally arrived – in a plain manilla envelope by U.S. mail…

You might be surprised at what happened next, in my post this month for Parents magazine: click here

pillow fort

The Day Ernie Went Missing

There are certain days in a young family’s life that leave lasting memories. It was that kind of day in our house about 24 years ago. That was the day Ernie went missing…My post this month for Parents Magazine:



A “Jackie Robinson Moment” for Dads

In all my years of writing for and reading parenting magazines, I’ve never seen THIS before!


Parents mag cover.June dads

A Graduation Speech for Parents

May and June are graduation months, whether your kids are leaving preschool for kindergarten, kindergarten for grade school, grade school for middle school, middle school for high school, or high school for college. I think I covered all of them…

But graduations are times to congratulate the parents of the graduates, too. I hope you’ll take a look at my post for Parents magazine this month (click here) where you’ll find the speech I hope  you can give at your high schooler’s graduation this year, or someday in the future.

Sneak Peek at “940 Saturdays” from Random House September 2, 2014!


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Here’s the first look at my follow-up to the bestselling “No Regrets Parenting”: Due out September 2, 2014 from Random House:

There are 940 Saturdays between a baby’s birth and his or her 18th birthday. That is my clarion call to parents, inspiring the New York Times article, “Childhood: 940 Saturdays and You’re Done.” What followed were shock waves of urgency, and renewed motivation for parents to make the most of every moment of their kids’ childhoods.

Now, the perfect 2-in-1 solution to make each Saturday count: 940 Saturdays: Family Activities and a Keepsake Journal (Potter Style/Random House; $24.99; on sale September 2, 2014). This beautiful hardcover journal, which includes a unique guide to kids’ developmental milestones and a removable booklet of age-appropriate activities, inspires parents to chronicle for posterity the precious moments they spend with their kids.

Rather than providing a step-by-step manual, the activities handbook offers ideas that will trigger parents’ imagination and propel them to make each Saturday a memorable one. These activities are perfectly catered to every age and stage, with ideas ranging from backyard bug hunts to backwoods treasure maps, from indoor cityscapes to outdoor music walls.

By journaling their weekends in 940 Saturdays, parents will create a unique record of their child’s growth and development, and will enjoy a newfound appreciation for the ever-evolving journey of childhood.



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