Erika Katz
Author of the book Bonding over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust (Greenleaf Press, March 2011), and Bonding Over Beauty: The Beauty Recipes (Greenleaf Press March 2013) Erika Katz uses her parenting expertise to help moms bond with their tweens and teens.

Erika is often sought after to provide her parenting tips on The Today Show, The Doctors, and Fox News as well as expert commentary in print and online publications such as ABC, Prevention, and Good Housekeeping.

A former child model and actress, Erika appeared in over 100 commercials, print ads, and films. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Erika lives in New York City with her husband and two children. She now writes a popular beauty blog for mothers tackling the drama of the ‘tween years.

Before college, Erika interned in the beauty department at Seventeen magazine. Using her experience at Seventeen, cosmetology classes, and lessons learned through her extensive work in television and modeling, she created a beauty guide that served as the foundation for Bonding over Beauty. Though the guide initially targeted young women, after joining several parenting groups Erika soon realized many mothers were unsure of how to bridge the generation gap when dealing with the beauty and hygiene issues their daughters faced. Believing that a parent’s job is to nurture their children’s self-esteem and happiness, she turned her beauty guide into a valued resource for moms that contain advice and numerous bonding rituals that can ease the difficulties faced by young girls growing to physical and emotional maturity.

Entries by Erika Katz

10 Tips To Financially Prepare Your Student For Post-Secondary

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2016 | 4:06 PM

College is a an exciting time for our kids. Some students have never been away from home and for many this is the first time they will be truly independent. As parents, we have been saving our hard earned money since the time our kids were born to pay for...

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10 New Year's Parenting Resolutions

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Parenting is the most difficult job you will ever do. Each day is full of new challenges and issues. So, I decided to make a parenting resolution list because there are some things that I would like to do a little bit better this year.

1. Keep calm! Tweens and...

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DIY Mother's Day Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 6:06 PM

As a mom, I know my kids and my husband are always looking for that perfect mother's day gift. While I love receiving the gifts they buy me, what I treasure most are those handmade cards with stickers and glue, the beaded bracelet my daughter crafts in secret, and the...

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Don't Let Your Teens Text Something They'll Regret

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 6:32 AM

As new technology has been introduced to improve our lives, it hasn't made it any easier on parents. The cyber world is new territory and for now, parents must improvise when dealing with these modern obstacles to raising a teen. Here are some important facts every parent should know.


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How to Get the Perfect Fake Tan at Home

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:00 PM

I love the winter, but I do not love how pale and pasty my skin gets. So, I treat myself to an at-home self-tan whenever I can to give my skin a warm glow. But, sometimes it can get streaky or orange. So, I interviewed Monica Blanco from Colour Couture...

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How Olympic Skiers Protect Their Skin on the Slopes

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 4:43 PM

Olympic Skier, Julia Mancuso, is on the slopes every day. While temperatures may be low on the mountain, the sun's rays are still super strong. So, she has teamed up with the Spot Skin Cancer Campaign to help prevent and detect skin cancer early on. Click...

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Which Moisturizing Products Do You Really Need?

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 4:58 PM

I have been using night cream and eye cream since I was 11 years old. I'm not kidding. I had a Hungarian grandmother who believed the skin had to be constantly moisturized to stay beautiful. At 86, she passed away without a wrinkle so I have followed her lead. While,...

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Halloween Safety for your Tweens and Teens

(7) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Halloween is easy when they are little. You chaperone them trick or treating at 5 p.m. and they are in bed by 8 p.m. But, tweens and teens still love Halloween and want to roam the streets by themselves in the dark. How do you keep them safe?


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Mammograms Hurt, But Could Save Your Life

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 12:21 PM

Monday, I attended a very special ladies luncheon hosted by The Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein, and MARTINI Sparkling Wine. Kristin Chenoweth, a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, spoke of her experience as she helped her mother battle breast cancer. Survivors Dr. Elizabeth Thompson, MD, Debbi Musen, and...

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Beauty Companies Against Bullying

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 12:20 PM

October is anti-bullying month and the beauty and fashion community is doing something about it. While we think bullying just happens among kids, look at what we do to our celebrities. If you read tabloids and devour articles about your favorite celeb's weight gain, cellulite, and acne you...

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10 Great Back-to-School Haircut Tips

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:37 PM

Are you looking for a great new cut before you go back to school but aren't quite ready to look like Miley? Here are some tips to get your perfect cut.

Before you hit the salon:

1. Makeup

If you wear makeup, wear it the way you normally do...

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Does Your Online Profile Make You Vulnerable to Cyberbullies?

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 12:00 AM

It's almost back to school and time to see all your friends and frenemies. This time of year is full of anxiety for most kids because there is nothing worse than going to school and being made fun of, picked on or the topic of juicy gossip. While you can't...

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How to Help Your Kids Through Disappointment

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

My heart went out to Jordyn Wieber's family when she was cut from the all around women's gymnastics last night. As a parent, it is so difficult to see your child go through disappointment. They get to school and their best friends are in a different section together....

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Three Hot Hair Trends for Fall

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM

It's time to get back to school and I wanted to find some fabulous, easy hairstyles that you can do before school in no time flat. Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri, gave me some great tips to help you update your look.


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Should You Whiten Your Teen's Teeth?

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 12:11 PM

As a mom, you may have noticed your teen struggling with self esteem. While it could be acne, weight gain or hormones, there's one other aspect you may be overlooking. How's your teen's smile? Are they proudly displaying their pearly whites or do they cover their mouth when they laugh?...

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Five Tips for a Sanity-Saving Road Trip With Kids

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 7:22 AM

It's summer time and you have dreamed of the perfect family vacation full of sight seeing, adventure, and great photo-ops. However your kids think everything you want to do is "lame and boring." So how do you make it a trip you will all enjoy? Here are some simple tips...

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How to Keep Hair Looking Fabulous All Summer

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 2:47 PM

My blonde tresses are taking a beating this summer. Between swimming in the pool, surfing in the ocean, and the summer heat, I realized I needed some help. So, I asked Nicholas Penna, Jr., owner and lead stylist of SalonCapri for some easy tips to keep my hair...

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How to Raise a Confident Girl in a World of Photoshopped Models

(9) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 11:37 AM

I applaud Seventeen magazine for addressing 13-year-old Julia Bluhm's petition to present real girls rather than photoshopped unrealistic images. While Seventeen can take care to avoid making girls look thinner and prettier than they truly are, it is not just magazines contributing to poor self image among girls....

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Boys Need Skin-Care Tips Too

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 8:31 AM

Last night, I was helping my 11-year-old son pack for sleep away camp. As we were packing toiletries, he asked me what to do about a mild breakout on his chest. I asked him if he had showered after playing basketball with his friends for five hours. He looked at...

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Is Your Sunscreen Doing More Harm Than Good?

(21) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 8:20 AM

There are so many sunscreens on the market with SPF's going as high as 100. It's hard to know which are protecting your skin and which are really just loading it with harmful chemicals that are being absorbed into the blood stream. So, I wanted to give you some quick...

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