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Erika Katz

Author, Bonding Over Beauty

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.
Peer Pressure: the Silent

Peer Pressure: the Silent Killer?

Bullying has been the hot topic of late but it usually has its roots in peer pressure. As parents how do we prevent things we would never think of? While you can't anticipate everything your child might do, you can discuss peer pressure and how to handle it. Here are a few tips to give your child.
05/07/2012 05:20 EDT
Pinkstinks, Don't Mess With My

Pinkstinks, Don't Mess With My Princess

Pinkstinks can ban all the makeup and princesses they want. Girls will find a way to be girlie. And it's OK. Not everything has to be gender neutral. Our gender differences are wonderful and should be embraced.
04/25/2012 10:39 EDT
Prom Night: How to Avoid Looking Like a Hot

Prom Night: How to Avoid Looking Like a Hot Mess

It's prom season and every girl wants to look red-carpet fabulous. But, sometimes the best laid plans just do not work out. Here are ways to avoid looking like a hot mess on prom night.
04/10/2012 10:44 EDT
Wedding Day Beauty: Tips to Look Your

Wedding Day Beauty: Tips to Look Your Best

Avoid the Disney princess look and stay away from updos pulled too tight with ringlets hanging down. So many brides wear that style and they look like they were styled in the Magic Kingdom. Keep hair soft and natural with a hair spray that keeps hair touchable, not crunchy.
03/27/2012 10:48 EDT
Is Your Daughter Being Sexually Harassed at

Is Your Daughter Being Sexually Harassed at School?

I remember when I was 11 years old, the boys were constantly lifting our uniform skirts to see our underwear. The boys were rarely punished and the girls took action by wearing their gym shorts under their skirts. It was a part of school life and no one really paid attention. How do we help our girls?
03/27/2012 10:30 EDT
Preventing Teens From Asking

Preventing Teens From Asking "Am I Ugly?"

We have seen kids harming themselves due to cyberbullying when they do not put themselves out there. Now, they are asking for the ridicule. As parents, how do we help them to make better choices and control some of this?
02/22/2012 02:53 EST

Beauty Lifesavers

As women, beauty dilemmas plague us on a daily basis. Between antiperspirant staining the dress we just put on, the blemish appearing right before a big night out, and the bangs growing out like a sheep dog, sometimes it feels like a war zone. So I have some great beauty solutions to common beauty dilemmas.
02/12/2012 01:47 EST
The Teachable

The Teachable Moment

As a parent, my first instinct was to get mad at the parent who brought my son's bad behaviour to my attention. But then I realized killing the messenger was not the right course of action. Teaching my son a valuable lesson in appropriate conduct was.
02/08/2012 10:09 EST
Smell Your Sweetest for Valentine's

Smell Your Sweetest for Valentine's Day

Have you ever talked to someone who turned you on with just their smell? Now think of that same beautiful person with bad breath, and body odour, drenched in cheap cologne or drug store perfume... Not quite the same, is it? Here are three ways to smell good and ooze that sexy scent that will drive your lover crazy.
02/03/2012 11:13 EST
Going Red for Valentine's Day: The Dos and

Going Red for Valentine's Day: The Dos and Don'ts

When Dale asked me what she could do to give her hair a little more vavoom, I thought how about becoming a vibrant redhead? Rather than making a mess of my bathroom and Dale's hair, I consulted Paul Labrecque, owner of Paul Labrecque Salon and Spa in New York City to help me navigate the world of red.
02/01/2012 10:16 EST
Raising a Confident

Raising a Confident Daughter

Whether your daughter asks about shaving, getting her period, wearing makeup or having sex, you should be thoughtful and understanding even if you are uncomfortable. Do not change the subject, make her feel ashamed for asking, or tell her she is too young for such talk.
01/24/2012 01:14 EST
Spray Tans: Conserve or

Spray Tans: Conserve or Splurge?

The cold weather is upon us and everyone is asking me about spray tanning. Do I spray tan? How does it look? What do I think, can it be done at home and is it harmful? While there are pros and cons to spray tanning, it can be great before a vacation or a special occasion if done properly.
01/12/2012 09:52 EST