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Author Archives: Maria Marinakis

Stay Hungry-Stay Foolish!

Those were the parting words of advice from the Steve Jobs’ commencement speech to Stanford University that I shared last week.  I said that big changes were ahead for me, based on my personal reflection of late.  Yesterday, I resigned from my position at UNLV as a full-time Child Welfare Training Specialist.  It was certainlyRead More…

Father’s Day Tribute…

Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there.  I’d like to share this funny, hip video by comedian Jon Lavoie.  He’s performing, “Stay at Home Dad.”  The lyrics are wonderful and it’s an inspiring, lovely tribute that pays homage to all the great dads who don’t get the credit they so rightfully deserve.  EnjoyRead More…

Some Inspiration on “Connecting the Dots”

I often look for inspiring quotes, stories, videos, etc. and happened to stumble upon this video of Steve Jobs giving a commencement speech at Stanford University.  He tells a couple of stories about following his intuition even though his choices seemed to have no truly applicable purpose in that moment, and then realizing, years later, howRead More…

Foster Parents are Experts–Make Sure Clinicians Know It!

I just got back from a wonderful conference in Reno, “Their Future is in Our Hands,” sponsored by the Sierra Association of Foster Families.  I presented, Understanding the Alphabet Soup Behind (Seemingly) Bad Behavior.  I had a great audience of caring foster parents and, inevitably my hot-button topic came up.  How do you get caseRead More…

Social Networking and Parenting

It occurred to me that keeping up with friends and family through social networking could be a great way to keep everyone else informed and stay informed so that parents can spend more quality time with their children.  However, in a recent discussion with a friend, the topic of social networking addiction came up.  DoRead More…

Childhood Obesity and Parenting Link

I had the pleasure of being on the KLAV radio show, “Double Take” last Friday.  Our topic was childhood obesity and much of the focus was on school programs that are doing their best to get children active and moving.  There were two gym teachers from local schools that gave some great tips on thingsRead More…

The New Launch

It’s finally all coming together.  We have the website, www.10minuteparenting.com, up and running.  Please visit and sign up for the free e-zine.  We’re working on getting any last-minute kinks worked out, so let us know if something isn’t working.  Much of the same info is here on the blog pages as well.Read More…