Meri Wallace


Parenting Expert

Author, Speaker, TV & Media Personality

Child & Family Therapist

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A Message From Meri Wallace, LCSW

The Secret World of Children reveals to parents that these nine natural developmental issues weave their way from infancy to adolescence are the underlying cause of their children’s challenging behaviors:

* Need for Love

* Curiosity

* Aggression

* Independence

* Urgent Wishes

* Impulsivity

* Living in the Moment

* Desire for Pleasure

* Fears and Anxieties

The advice offered in this book will help you feel calmer, and more in control, as you understand your child’s everyday behaviors. You will learn positive communication skills for responding to challenging behavior. 

The Secret World of Children will boost your confidence as a parent, diminish parent/child battles, and most importantly help you raise your child to feel loved.

Meri Wallace, LCSW, a parenting expert, and child and family therapist for over thirty years, writes a blog for Psychology Today and is the author of the Secret World of Children (Precocity Press), Birth Order Blues (Henry Holt and Co.) and Keys to Parenting Your Four Year Old (Barron’s Educational Series).  Her newest book, The Secret World of Children, helps parents to understand nine developmental reasons for their children’s challenging behavior and how to handle these issues positively. 

Ms. Wallace has been a columnist for Sesame Street Parents Magazine, New York Family Magazine and Brooklyn Parent. She has been a consultant to Children’s Television Workshop and has been interviewed by national magazines including Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Parents and many more.

Meri Wallace appears regularly on podcasts, national radio, and television networks as a parenting expert. She has made repeated appearances on Eyewitness News, Good Day New York, WNBC, CNN, MSNBC, BBC, WPIX, the Hallmark Channel and the Fox Family Channel. Meri worked with a producer at Eyewitness News designing parenting segments in which she appeared as the expert, and hosted her own TV show on Plum TV, East Hampton New York.

Television & Media, Parenting Expert

Meri gives you expert guidance and tools to:

your child's behavior

Communicate positively with your kids

Explain tough topics: adoption, birth & death

Help your family cope with major life events

your child's behavior

Communicate positively with your kids

Explain tough topics: adoption, birth & death

Help your family cope with major life events

Raise your children to feel loved.

Books by Meri Wallace

In The Secret World of Children, Meri Wallace, LCSW reveals that nine hidden developmental issues cause your child’s challenging behaviors from infancy to adolescence: your child’s need for love, unquenchable curiosity, aggression, desire for independence, urgent wishes, impulsivity, limited concept of time, pursuit of pleasure, and fears and anxieties. You will learn effective tools to respond to these issues that will help you raise your children to feel loved.

Birth order has a powerful effect on children’s emotional development, on their self-esteem, and on their sense of well-being. The youngest child, the firstborn, the middle born, twins, and the only child all have specific birth order issues that, if not attended to early on, can impair their functioning and their interpersonal relations at home and at school, and can follow them into adulthood. 

The world of the four-year-old is expanding. Typical four-year-olds confront challenges and relationships that are often new and perplexing to them and to their parents. Barron’s Parenting Keys Series speaks to today’s parents, with answers to today’s problems. Described are the average four-year-old’s abilities, patterns of response, and potential problems and special needs.

Press & Media

Quoted in: 6 Ways to Help Your Child Manage Their Anger
Aug, 2022
Quoted in: Meri Wallace’s Parenting Express
Mar, 2021
Quoted in: Don’t Teach Children To Never Be Angry – Teach Them How To Be Angry
Nov, 2020
Quoted in: Why It’s Important to Resist the Urge to Baby the Baby of the Family
Jul, 2020
Quoted in: The Myths and Gifts of ‘Middle Child Syndrome’
Sep, 2019
Quoted in: How you can raise caring, well-behaved children
Nov, 2018
Quoted in: Does birth order affect our kids’ personalities?
Sep, 2018
Quoted in: When A Clique Excludes Your Kid
Oct, 2005
Quoted in: Dealing with birth-order blues; Family: The order in which children are born may help shape both positive and negative behavior.
Aug, 1999
Quoted in: The growing family: Preparing for your birth experience
Published: Is It Too Late to Change My Life?
Quoted in: 12 things your birth order reveals about you
Quoted in: The Burden of Birth Order
Interview: Meri Wallace, The Parenting Coach – Teaching Your Child to Swim
Produced by Plum TV, Hamptons
Interview: Meri Wallace, The Parenting Coach – Why is Homework So Important Topic to Focus On
Produced by Plum TV, Hamptons

Published Articles

Columnist, Sesame Street Parents
Contributor, American Baby
Blogger, Psychology Today

Psychology Today

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