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My name is Cynthia Whitham. I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I'm the Associate Director of the UCLA Parenting and Children's Friendship Program. I'm also the author of 2 books, Win the Whinning War and Other Skirmishes: A Family Peace Plan, and The Answer is NO: Saying It and Sticking to It. I have a private practice where I see a lot of parents and trying to help them smooth things out in the family. I've raised 2 wonderful children, my daughter, Miranda, is 30 years old and is doing just great, and unfortunately I lost my son, Kyle, at the age of 22. And, my parenting style, my parenting tips always include stories of Miranda and Kyle. For fun, I'm working out more, running around the UCLA track at 6 in the morning, not sure why, lifting weights, again not sure why, and then my other hobby is genealogy and I love it. I love that it's kind of a treasure hunt going in to the past and learning more about what's behind families and what makes them stick.
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Director, UCLA Parenting & Children’s Friendship Program

Cynthia G. Whitham, LCSW, Director of the UCLA Parenting and Children’s Friendship Program, has been training parents for over 30 years. She is the author of two books, Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes: A family peace plan, and The Answer is NO: Saying it & sticking to it, which have been translated into nine languages. In addition to her UCLA group classes, Ms. Whitham has a private practice on the east and west sides of Los Angeles. In 2000, she spent a month training clinicians at the National Institute of Mental Health of Japan. A lively speaker, Ms. Whitham does presentations and trainings for schools and organizations. Ms. Whitham raised two happy, healthy, and (relatively) well-behaved children (she thinks that may be the best credential of all). Daughter Miranda McLeod is a fiction author and is in a PhD program at Rutgers University. With sadness, Cynthia tells us that her son Kyle died in 2007, within months of graduating from San Francisco State University.

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