About This Blog

I’m a mother of two young children facing parenting challenges common to us all, but luckily I have my mother (Dr. Susan Rutherford) to turn to for advice. Not only is she an exceptional parental role model, but is a Clinical Psychologist with more than thirty years experience. She also has the unique insight into how the things that happen to us while we were growing up may continue to affect us in our adult life.


When I am stuck in a parenting situation, I need to know not only the why, but also the how to address the problem. How do I ask my child that difficult question in a way that won’t offend her but will encourage an answer that will help me solve the problem?

On this site, we tackle tough questions from readers that cover many aspects of parenting through lively and opinionated dialog and we focus on how you can raise great kids.

In our mother-daughter/doctor-layperson conversations, we examine common parenting dilemmas such as handling behavior issues, discipline, marriage, divorce and separation, education, emotional issues, siblings, relationships, socialization and any other topics related to raising children.

We have been interviewed about “Conversations with My Mother.com” on Sirius Radio, and the site has won an award of recognition from American Express, and has received rave reviews from experts and readers alike. The site also has testimonials; we love sharing our readers’ stories of how well Dr. Rutherford’s advice actually works!

Dr. Susan Rutherford
Dr. Susan Rutherford, a Clinical Psychologist, has spent over 30 years treating adolescents, couples and individuals. She has her undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from New York University (MA), and a Doctoral degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. She lives in Denver with her husband and has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Why would a family psychologist have a better perspective on parenting than a child psychologist?

Dr. Susan Rutherford has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from New York University (MA), and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the University of Denver.

Dr. Susan Rutherford has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from New York University (MA), and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the University of Denver.

Because what happens to us in childhood shapes the adult we become in the future. Wouldn’t it be great if you could avoid burdening your child with the kinds of unnecessary hang-ups, anti-social behaviors, or self-detrimental beliefs that you’ve struggled with probably because of how your parents raised you?

Here’s what my Mom has to say about that:
“As a Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice for over 30 years, my practice includes adults and adolescents. I have treated hundreds of patients, allowing me to see the long-term consequences of mistakes made in the parenting process. As a mother and grandmother as well as an educated and experienced mental health professional, I have an unique perspective on how the effects of parenting choices made with children appear in the teenagers and adults those children become.”

Who is Molly and why am I doing this?
I spent my early career as a recruiter for creative and design talent for large retail and design companies in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. After my second baby arrived, I left the corporate world to launch “Conversations with My Mother,” an online resource that gives easy and practical parenting tips and psychological insight into child-rearing, based on the realization that my own mother’s advice was still the best out there.


I have my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and live in Los Angeles with my husband and two young kids.
Our site is designed as  a Q &A of my mom’s time-tested, practical advice for solving common parenting dilemmas. We love sharing our readers’ stories of how well our advice actually works!

Do you have a question and don’t know where to turn? You can submit directly on the site and always remain anonymous.


Disclaimer: This blog is about advice only. Readers should remember that every child is different and what works for some may not work for others. If you’re having more complicated issues, you should consider talking with a licensed child therapist and perhaps your pediatrician.

This blog is just meant as a guideline to help parents get through the every day issues of raising children. As an added bonus, my hope is that it helps other parents maintain a little bit of sanity during some trying times.

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