As a young boy growing up in New York City in the 1950s, I was fortunate to have loving, supportive parents and to be surrounded by mentors in the form of relatives, family friends, neighbors and sports coaches. In my teenage years, my mentors were teachers who safely put me on my lifelong path of learning about physical health, personal growth and mindfulness meditation - all of which have helped me maintain an awareness and calmness that has allowed me to become, “the man I always wanted to be.”
I know that I’m able to possess the remarkable energy it takes to serve others because of the unwavering love and support from my family. My son Gabe is now a successful hip-hop producer with a full staff of employees and interns. My daughter, Becca, is a fine artist and is happiest when she’s instructing aspiring artists.
My former wife, Suzanne Alfandari, LMFT, and I, have a great relationship and are the closest of friends. We have lovingly co-parented our children for over twenty years. We teach workshops together, showing parents how to set aside their own painful emotions and learn how to effectively share their values with their kids.
The reason I’ve devoted my life to helping parents and their sons is that I want everyone to have the same trust, teamwork and love that my family has cultivated. I believe that the world will transform into a much safer and more prosperous place when family relationships are flourishing.