All posts by Estelle

Estelle Erasmus is an award-winning, widely-published journalist, writing/editing coach and former magazine editor-in-chief. She teaches at NYU and for Writer's Digest. Her website is and her twitter and instagram is @EstelleSErasmus

Properly Preparing for Pre-School

Q: This is a crazy week; because just as we are recovering from Hurricane Irene (yes, our basement was flooded); we are also getting ready for our first week of pre-school. Can you share tips to make the transition for my three-year-old easier? A: I am in the middle of the same dilemma (although thankfully our family got through the hurricane with property and possessions … Continue Reading ››

Taming Your Tyke’s or Teen’s Fears about Terrorism

Q: With the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 coming up, how can I address what is sure to be a media onslaught with my impressionable five year old; and my teenager? A: To answer your question, I reached out to The American Psychological Association (APA), who recently posed these kinds of questions to Psychologist Robin H. Gurwitch, PhD, a professor and program coordinator of the National … Continue Reading ››

Diverse Gifts Worthy of a Wonderful Father’s Wish List

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus
Bocce is a classic lawn game played worldwide for over 5,000 years
Photo Credit Olivia Lehmann
Q: I'm searching for the perfect gift for my husband this Father's Day. Ideally, I'd like to go off the beaten track and opt for anything but the usual cologne, tie or business card holder. Do you have any thoughts? A: My husband is hard to shop for, and for … Continue Reading ››