I have been helping parents to understand, accept and manage their children's behavior for over thirty years.  My approach is to support your child’s strengths and to help you find the way to be the parent you want to be.

Over the years I have worked in many settings. I was trained at UC San Francisco where I became one of the first Pediatric Nurse Practitioners in the Bay Area.  Now I have a busy private practice,  lead parent groups, consult with schools,  and train other professionals-teachers, social workers, pediatricians and nurse practitioners-- in audiences large and small. I’ve written four books for parents and write monthly columns for Parents’ Press, a publication for parents in the Bay Area. I’ve been a radio columnist and a media commentator. Overall I am what many call a "Parent Coach" and others call a lifeline to sanity!

What do children need to thrive?  Safety, loving care and parents who understand and accept them for who they are.  What do parents need?  The confidence to provide their children with the love and limits they need to grow into successful adults. Parents who come to me leave with that confidence.

I started my private practice after I became a parent myself. I saw that my own training wasn’t enough.  I needed support, advice, and at times, professional guidance. I learned how much it helped when I found the best, most supportive and knowledgeable people to help me.  I realized that all parents need someone who will listen well, ask them the right questions, and help them find solutions and strategies.

From these needs I built my family consultation practice, helping parents with what I call “Solutions for Everyday Life With Children”.

Parents know that when they come to consult with me about any issue related to their child and family that they will be talking to someone who understands them and will support them with the kind of insight that comes from years of experience and training.

Here are nice articles about me and my work and my official C.V.

UCSF Science of Caring: A Reassuring Voice for Parents 

The Monthly: My Generation

"25 Best Nurse Practitioner Blogs"


Meg Zweiback R.N., M.P.H., Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Current Professional Activities:

Private practice in Oakland, California, specializing in child behavior and development.  Specialty areas include sleep consultations for infants and children, toilet training difficulties including encopresis, temperament evaluations, childhood anxiety and fears, and mind/body approaches to self regulation including clinical hypnosis.

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

Meg Zweiback in print:

Contributing Editor and Columnist, Parents' Press 

Awarded "Best Columnist" by Parenting Publications of America

Author of books for parents, articles for professional publications

Books include:

All books were winners of Parents' Choice Awards in the years of publication. The last three are out of print but available on

Meg Zweiback's education:

University of California, Berkeley, M.P.H. Maternal Child Health

University of California, San Francisco, B.S.N./P.N.P. with highest honors

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. Political Science

Centro Intercultural de Documentation, Cuernavaca, Mexico

Meg Zweiback's advanced training including course work and certification include:

Meg Zweiback in person:

Speaking and consulting clients have included:

Stanford University Medical Center, UC Davis Medical School, UC Berkeley, California State Bar Real Property Division, Clif Bar, YPO, Head Start, Alta Bates Medical Center, Jewish Federation of the East Bay, BANANAS, Inc., Children's Hospital, Oakland, Ann Martin Children's Center, Standord Sierra Camp, parent groups at pubic and private pre-schools and elementary schools throughout the Bay Area

Professional publications:

ADHD: the diagnostic process from different perspectives. Journal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics : JDBP 2004;25(1):53-7.2004; Martin Stein Nola R Marx; James Beard; Marc Lerner; Billy Levin: Frances Page Glascoe: Meg Zweiback;  Merryl Schechtman; Thomas K McInerny

Challenging Cases in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Pediatrics 2004; 114:1419-1424        

 "Is This a Behavior Problem or Normal Temperament?

"Not Listening, Stubborn, and Problems With Sleeping”—Interpreting a Parent's Concerns at a 3-Year-Old's Health-Supervision Visit