Author Archives: Linda Marten, MSW

About Linda Marten, MSW

Linda Marten is a California Credentialed Parent Educator since 1998, a former LAUSD parent educator & teacher advisor for 14 years, and a Member of the California Teachers Association (CTA) . She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from University of Washington and has extensive experience teaching and training parents and teachers. Linda leads interactive, informative workshops for parents, youth, and teachers from diverse socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds focusing on numerous issues related to parenting as well as helping youth who want to stop being bullied. Ms. Marten is a "bully expert" and has had great success teaching youth the "Bullies to Buddies" method developed by Izzy Kalman, school psychologist. After extensive practice & training with Izzy Kalman, Linda became a certified "Bullies to Buddies" Trainer in 2017. Linda provides private sessions by appointment. She is also the mother of two children.

The “Empty Nest Syndrome”

When my kids started leaving the nest, I asked an older mother with grown kids,        “What does the mother bird do when her babies leave the nest?” (I was on retreat and had been watching a bird nest outside my … Continue reading

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My Heart has Many Homes

Hello Again, My husband and I just returned from a refreshing trip to beautiful British Columbia. After living in Los Angeles for almost 29 years, it felt like heaven to see so many green trees, fresh air and Spring blooming … Continue reading

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” You must have a place …

” You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost every day, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you ~~ a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising.” Joseph Campbell

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Conflicts and Communication Skills

Most parents (including myself) get triggered by what their teenage son or daughter says or does.  We don’t have any control over getting triggered in any relationship. However, we do have control over how we respond, (with practice).  Most parents/people … Continue reading

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“Changes, Transitions, Transformations, oh my!”

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy & her new friends venture into unknown territory saying, “Lions, & Tigers & Bears, oh my!”. Sometimes changes on the horizon can feel like that, full of fear, suspense, and excitement. This Thursday our … Continue reading

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Is Your Teenager Stressing You Out? ~ Come to a FREE Presentation, Sat. June 11th, 3pm

Parenting Flyer_Layout 1(2) You are cordially invited to the official~ LAUNCHING OF LINDA’S BUSINESS ~ “GET HELP PARENTING” To celebrate Linda’s new business, she will be giving a free, entertaining & informative powerpoint presentation for parents.  Enjoy the food, fun, … Continue reading

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Points for Parents of Teens to Ponder ~ (lessons learned from the trenches)

1.  Don’t lower yourself to their tactics. Teens need you to be the adult. 2. If you become just as emotional and blaming as the teen, it will only get worse. (Believe me, I’ve tried it.) 3. Think.  Where do … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day ~ May 8, 2011

Hello Mothers, For this special day, in your honor, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes with you: “However far the stream flows, it never forgets its source.” ~ African Proverb  (No matter how old your children are, … Continue reading

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The Need for Community and Connection

Hello Friends ~ I just led a parent workshop this morning about “Dealing with Bullying (or how to empower the victim)”. I had put a lot of effort into preparing for it and the fruits of my labors were so … Continue reading

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New Parent Workshops

I will be leading the following parent workshops which are open to all interested parents and caregivers: “Anger Management” – Friday, April 15, 2011 at Venice High School in the Parent Center, 9am to 12noon. Come learn some tools for … Continue reading

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