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About the author

Martha Heineman Pieper is the author of a bestselling parenting book (Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child) which is the basis for the non-profit agency Smart Love Family Services ( which provides early education and mental health services. She has also written two bestselling children's books, Mommy, Daddy, I had a Bad Dream! and Jilly's Terrible Temper Tantrums: And How She Outgrew them. For ten years Dr. Pieper wrote the parenting column, Smart Love, for Chicago Parent. She has served on the Editorial Board of Social Work, and has published extensively in professional and academic journals. She received her Ph,D. from the University of Chicago and her BA magna cum laude from Radcliffe College.