Raising Happy and Successful Kids

Welcome to Kathy Seal's website and blog


About Me

Kathy Shenkin Seal was born in Philadelphia and attended Lower Merion High School (many years before Kobe Bryant, but some time after Alexander Haig.) Kathy went to Barnard College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a major in classics and comparative literature. She now lives in Santa Monica and works as a journalist, author, and editor.
Kathy is also writing a memoir that begins with the building takeovers to protest the Vietnam War and racism at Columbia University in 1968 and ends with her ten-year stint as an assembler at the General Motors Assembly Division in South Gate, Ca. In her spare time she works with the Citizens Climate Lobby. Previously she co-chaired a community group that succeeded in bringing the Expo light rail line from downtown L.A. to Santa Monica.
Kathy is a nationally known parenting journalist. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Family Circle,and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications.
Kathy has two sons. Zach is an urban planner living in Oakland. Jeff, a graduate of San Francisco's Clown Conservatory, performs and makes films in New York City.

Books and Articles

Books and Articles
It's not because of harsh parenting
Books and Articles
The Real Story of Asian-American Parenting
Why Asian-American Parenting Works
Why Limits are Good for Kids
A Better Way to Choose a College
What the research tells us