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Parenting Contributors

Amanda Hamilton Roos

Amanda's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

Annmarie's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh is a mother, teacher, and dog lover...

Annmarie's Latest Books:
Here Be Dragons

April Perry

April's Topics:  Parenting, Self-Help Books...
I'm a California beach girl--raised by loving parents and lucky enough to marry my best friend, Eric. We have four children together, and when family life turned out to be WAY harder than I'd anticipated, I started a website for mothers (www.powerofmoms.com) where those...
April's Latest Articles:
Why parenting should be deliberate

Ashley Nance

Ashley's Topics:  Parenting, Communication...
I am a happily married mother of three, a grateful member of a large extended family, a devoted Christian, and a positive and active citizen of the United States of America. I love to travel, and have been to nine countries, but these days I love to teach and learn from...

Ben Bernstein

Ben's Topics:  Parenting, Self-Help Books...
Ben Bernstein, Ph.D., author of Test Success, is an award-winning educator and clinical psychologist.

Benjamin R. Fox

Benjamin's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
I am not Groot.

Bil Lepp

Bil's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
A storyteller, author, and recording artist, Lepp’s works have received awards and recognition from The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The National Parenting Publications Assoc., Storytelling World, and the Public Library Assoc. Lepp has been featured numerous times at the...

Bill Ratner

Bill's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Bill Ratner is an American voice actor. He is best known for being the voice in movie trailers and for being the voice of Flint in Hasbro’s syndicated TV cartoon 
Bill's Latest Books:
Parenting in the Digital Age

Bonnie

Bonnie's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Certified Health Counselor through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University.

Brad Wilcox

Brad's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Brad Wilcox is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University where he also works with such programs as Especially for Youth and Campus Education Week. He grew up in Ethiopia, Africa, an...

Britney Rule

Britney's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Britney is the mother of three little boys, ages four and under. We're sure you can imagine what her house sounds (and looks!) like. As such, when she writes articles for Familius, they usually start in an effort to solve ongoing problems in her own house. Picky eaters?...
Britney's Latest Books:
Chia Crazy Quinoa Crazy

Brooke Jorden

Brooke's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi, I'm Brooke!

Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, RN, BSN, Attorney

Carolyn's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Carolyn spent the majority of her 10 year nursing career caring for elders as a visiting nurse.  She is educated and experienced in working with families on health-related issu...

Carson Boss

Carson's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I love God. I love my family. I love my Country. I love food. I love to travel. When you meet other people from around the world you realize we are all doing the best we can and why not be outgoing enough to reach out to a stranger and make a new friend. I hope my kids ...

Cathryn Monro

Cathryn's Topics:  Parenting, Love...

Cathryn Monro is a professional artist, writer, educator, group worker and mother of two. Of all these jobs Cathryn r...

Cathryn's Latest Books:
Spilt Milk Yoga

C.J. Schneider

Charla's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Like a 19th century chimney sweep, I'm a low paid, crud cleaning, dime a dozen human being who happens to love the view from a rooftop
Charla's Latest Articles:
Mother Theresa or just mom?
Charla's Latest Books:
Mothers of the Village

Chris Hicks

Chris's Topics:  Parenting, Entertainment & Media...
Chris Hicks has been writing about movies for the Deseret News in Salt Lake City for more than thirty years, and during that time also spent thirteen years reviewing films for KSL TV and radio. Now retired, he continues to write a weekly entertainment column and home-vi...

Chris

Christopher's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
Chris Taney, the SEO guy. Chris first became interested in SEO when he worked for a website building company. There he learned the general principles of SEO. These principles piqued his interest in the matter and he sought out a way to be more involved. He found a job t...

Christopher Robbins

Christopher's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Christopher Robbins, the Pater Familius, has been in the magazine and book publishing industry for more than twenty years. He is a husband, father of nine children, backpacker, cello player, fly fisherman, and lover of a simple life. He is published in fiction, non-fict...
Christopher's Latest Books:
Living In The Trenches

Christy Monson

Christy's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi! I am a retired marriage and family therapist. My husband and I have raised six children.

Cynthia MacGregor

Cynthia's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Cynthia MacGregor describes herself as "arguably the happiest woman in the world" and says "There's no one in the world I'd want to change lives with!"

Daphne Adler

Daphne's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Daphne Adler holds an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She spent her professional career working...
Daphne's Latest Books:
Debunking the Bump

Dara Lovitz

Dara's Topics:  Parenting, Books...

Dara Lovitz, Esq., graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and attended ...

Dara's Latest Books:
Twinsight

Darian

Darian's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I love traveling and spending time with my friends and family. If I could meet my favorite people in a new city, or state, or country every few weeks, I'd have the perfect life.

David Miles

David's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Hi there, I'm the Creative Director for Familius.

David Reeves

David's Topics:  Parenting, Young Children...
David Reeves is Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. He has over 10 years of experience as a community coach. The company designs commercial indoor and outdoor play equipment.

Dayna Kurtz

Dayna's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Dayna M. Kurtz, LMSW, CPT, is a leading authority on the subject of women transitioning to motherhood and serves as Director of the Anna Keefe Women's Center at the Training Institute for Mental Health in Manhattan.  She is a licensed social worker and NASM (Nation...
Dayna's Latest Books:
Mother Matters

Debbie Spencer

Debbie's Topics:  Parenting, Love...

Diane

Diane's Topics:  Parenting, Divorce...
Professionally, I am a certified family law mediator and divorce coach, and a former medical malpractice trial attorney. My personal life titles include wife, stepmom, girl scout troop leader, daughter and daughter in-law, and volunteer. I sit on the Board of Director...

Emily Morrocco

Emily's Topics:  Parenting, Love...

Emily Harris Adams

Emily's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Emily Harris Adams is a writer, poet, and long-expecting mother.

Erika Riggs

Erika's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I'm Erika, Marketing Director and Publicist

Familius Contributor

Familius's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...

Gene Perret

Gene's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I'm basically a comedy writer and much of my experience has been in television. I've won three Emmies and one Writers Guild Award for work on the "Carol Burnett Show" staff. I worked for Bob Hope for over 28 years and for Phyllis Diller even longer. I was head writer fo...

Georgette

Georgette's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Georgette is currently seeking a master's degree in publishing at the University of Houston-Victoria. Although she manages a busy schedule, Georgette enjoys randomly searching Google for interesting facts, Saturday brunch, and time spent with family and friends.

Heidi

Heidi's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
I received my degrees in communication from BYU (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). One of my passions is learning about marriage and family relationships and using what I learn in my own home. I love being a mom to my three kids, exploring new cultures, reading a goo...

Hugh Weber

Hugh's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hugh Weber started DudetoDad.com as a genuine cry for help from an ordinary dude who wanted to be an extraordinary dad. He is currently in the third year of his Dude to Dad transition and lives in the OTA states with Mrs. Dude, his daughter Emerson, and an imaginary fri...
Hugh's Latest Books:
WisdomfordadDude to Dad

Irene Roth

Irene's Topics:  Parenting, Teenagers...
When I was nine years old, I started scribbling in my journal and reading philosophy widely. I was solitary child who loved to read and write. By the time I was in High School, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher and to spend a lifetime reflecting on what is the most e...

Jaime

Jaime's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Hi, I'm Jaime!

Janna Vought

Janna's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
I graduated summa cum laude from American Public University in May of 2011 with a Bachelor's in English, where I was a member of several honor societies including Golden Key and Delta Epsilon Tau. Subsequently, I graduated in December 2012 from Lindenwood University wit...

Jerrick Robbins

Jerrick's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Jerrick Robbins is the oldest of seven children and has his fair share of experiences that taught him the importance of strengthening the family. He has seen firsthand how families can grow ...

John Olive

John's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Anyone can become a master teller of thrilling bedtime stories!

Jolene Philo

Jolene's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Jolene is the author of the Different Dream Parenting series for parents of kids with special needs, and she speaks at conferences around the country. Her blog,

Karen Hamlin

Karen's Topics:  Parenting, Education...
Karen Hamlin is a seasoned travel writer and first prize winner of the 2003 and 2004 North American Travel Journalists Association competition. In the past decade, her travels have taken her through sixty countries and five continents. Published in magazines, newspapers...
Karen's Latest Books:
Your Immigrant Neighbor

Kathryn Thompson

Kathryn's Topics:  Parenting, Exercise...
Kathryn Thompson is a freelance writer and blogger living outside Seattle with her computer genius husband and three frequently delightful children. She believes that the world would be a drastically better place if everyone understood how Awesome they were.

Kathy Macmillan

Kathy's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, writer, teacher, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of nine books for parents, libra...
Kathy's Latest Books:
Nita's First Signs

Katie

Katie's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hey there! I'm a student, a worker-bee, and a reading junkie. I'm also super excited for my first ever chance at someone besides my mom reading my work :)

Kelly

Kelly's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
I love to curl up with a good book!

Kelly

Kelly's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
Hi there! I'm a high school sophomore who loves to read and write. My biggest dream is to help people in whatever way I can.

Kim Sorgius

Kim's Topics:  Parenting, Single Parenting...

Kristin

Kristin's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
I'm a wife, mother, editor, writer, creative person and all around awesome! I love finding inspiration in everyday occurrences and recreating those things in my own life - whether it's a twist on the blueberry muffin I just pinned or accomplishing one of those "I can to...

Lara Updike

Lara's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...

Laura Torres

Laura's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Laura Torres is the author of over two dozen books for young people. She also writes magazine articles and educational material, and has worked as an editor and journalist. Visit her website at lauratorres.com for links to her various books, blogs and other fun stuff.

Laurie Hollman

Laurie's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Hello Familius readers. I'm glad to let you know about my new book, Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child's Behavior, to be released October 13, 2015. Do you wonder why children do what they do? What’s on their minds? The curtain is lifted on th...

Lisa Sugarman

Lisa's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Hey, there! I'm Lisa Sugarman and I write books.

Lisa Lewis, MD

Lisa's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Lisa's Latest Books:
Feed the baby Hummus

Loralee Leavitt

Loralee's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Loralee Leavitt destroys candy for the sake of science, drags her family on long car trips, and enjoys all sorts of other family adventures. She writes about family subjects such as science experiments, budgeting, finding inexpensive alternatives, traveling, and enterta...

Lori Nawyn

Lori's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
The wife of a fireman, mother of four, grandmother of four, and mentor to three opinionated dogs she's training for urban mushing, Lori enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and reading, and growing tomatoes, peppers, and herbs for her fresh salsa.

Lorri Benson

Lorri's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Lorri Antosz Benson is a former syndicated columnist and talk show producer.
Lorri's Latest Books:
To Have and Not to Hold

Louise Webster

Louise's Topics:  Parenting, Money...

Louise is a mother of 2 children (aged 9 & 6) and passionate about the potential collective talent of parents across the world, she launched&n...

Louise's Latest Books:
A New Way for Mothers

Maggie Stevens

Maggie's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Hi, my name is Maggie I am the author of Parent Fix, a refreshing new look at parenting best-practices. I love children. Parentng my five children has been the greatest learning experience of my life. From my kids, I learned a lot about love, acceptance and never attemp...

Magnolia

Magnolia's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
I'm a gardening, baking, literature, film, and music fanatic in the mountains of Western NC! Cheers!

Maria Lianos-Carbone

Maria's Topics:  Parenting, Exercise...

Maria Lianos-Carbone is a mom of two, social media strategist, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women, and lifeands...

Maria

Maria Clark's Topics:  Parenting, Books...

Maria Clark Fleshood is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist, Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist and a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral...

Maria Clark's Latest Books:
From Tweens to Teens

Marian

Marian's Topics:  Young Fiction, Music & Art...
Marian Spencer is a seasoned traveler and third culture kid, having spent most of her life in Australia and Southeast Asia. She currently studies English and Editing at Brigham Young University and is passionate about all things, beautiful, meaningful, and edible.

Marianne

Marianne's Topics:  Parenting...
Marianne's Latest Articles:
Being present

MaryAnn Kohl

MaryAnn's Topics:  Parenting, Inspirational...
I had a perfect childhood. I grew up safe and happy and challenged to be creative and honest and to learn well. Now grown, I love my husband and my grown kids are truly amazing. I love my job as author and publisher, and have written over 20 award winning titles. I have...
MaryAnn's Latest Articles:
A Father and Daughter Memory 1964

Melissa Bradford

Melissa's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Melissa Dalton-Bradford is a writer, independent scholar, world citizen, and mother. She holds a BA in German and an MA in Comparative Literature, both from Brigham Young University. She speaks, reads and writes fluent German, French, and Norwegian, is conversant in Man...

melva

melva's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I'm an author and storyteller. Often my story telling illustrates material I've written such as War with Grandma, Balloon Head and The Year Mrs. Santa Saved Christmas. Fiction includes: middle grade (mainstream, SF and fantasy) non-fiction (object lessons) and Science...

Michael

Michael's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
I love photography, baseball, and my family! My dad was an alcoholic and not much into his family. My mom raised my three brothers,two sisters, and me mostly by herself on a waitress's salary. We all struggled. I broke out of the welfare cycle by studying hard an...

Michele Robbins

Michele's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
Michele Lynne Robbins, the Mater Familius and Acquisitions Editor, has been the CEO of the Robbins Roost for twenty-two years, where she has homeschooled each of her nine children. When she is not running her domestic enterprise, she is found developing important book c...

Michelle H. Packard

Michelle's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beauti...
Michelle's Latest Articles:
DIY: Valentine bouquetsThe perfect criticism
Michelle's Latest Books:
Family Ever AfterFamily Ever After

Nicolas

Nicolas's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...

Pam Lobley

Pam's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Pam began her career as an actress/comedian and gradually switched to writing full time. She has written sketch comedy, plays, newspaper columns, blogs and books. She lives in New Jersey with her family and a lot of stuff she really needs to throw away.

Power of Moms

Power's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
The Power of Moms is the gathering place for deliberate mothers interested in growing through motherhood – not just going through motherhood. Our overall vision is to offer moms around the world the chance to “network” with other moms who share their same values, motiv...

Rachel Stafford

Rachel's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Rachel's Latest Articles:
Pajama parenting

Randal O'Rourke

Randal's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
Randy O'Rourke wears reading glasses when it's appropriate, always says "Please" and "Thank You", owns two pairs of jeans free and clear, and becomes frustrated in those moments when he realizes that his arm hair is too short to braid. Generally patient and reserved, he...
Randal's Latest Articles:
Where's Dad?Family Value

Raun Melmed

Raun's Topics:  Parenting, Young Adult...
Dr. Raun Melmed is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He founded Developmental Pediatric Associates, now known as the Melmed Center, in 1989, where he is currently the medical director. He is also a co-founder and the medical director of the Southwest Autism R...

Richard and Linda Eyre

Richard and Linda's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Richard and Linda Eyre are among the most popular speakers in the world on parenting and families. Their clients and audiences range from The Young President's Organization (YPO) and major corporations and associations to a wide array of school, civic, church and commun...
Richard and Linda's Latest Articles:
Thanksgiving Traditions
Richard and Linda's Latest Books:
Being a Proactive GrandfatherTennis and Life

Rick Walton

Rick's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Rick Walton has worked as a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a secretary, a missionary, an arts administrator, a school teacher, and a computer software writer and designer. But now he has the best job of all--writing for children. He has published riddle books, picture bo...

Robyn Buttars

Robyn's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
Robyn is an award winning author. Her books, stories and songs have been recognized in many contests. She and her husband, Kent, live on their family dairy farm in Lewiston, Utah and are the parents of six children. Professionally she is a registered nurse with experie...
Robyn's Latest Books:
Christmas Wonders

Rosalinda Oropeza Randall

Rosalinda's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, born in Los Angeles, California, is a modern-day expert on tact and civility. She naturally eased into the field of etiquette due to her upbringing. Not a "finger bowl" lifestyle, but one filled with courtesy, tact, humility, and a healthy spl...

Sam

Sam's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi there! My name is Sam. I am a creative writing student at Sarah Lawrence College. I am a captain of the Women's Swimming team and I also play on our softball team. I am also a certified Red Cross lifeguard.

Sharee Wanner

Sharee's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
I am married to the most amazing man in the world and have 5 fabulous children, 3 boys and 2 girls. We love to go camping, fishing, and play all kinds of games as a family. When I grow up I want to be an author and illustrator...but who says you have to wait until then?

Shelley Davidow

Shelley's Topics:  Parenting, Business...
I wasn’t exactly aspiring to be such a globe-trotter… in fact, I coveted stability, but living in diverse places has given me a far-ranging experience of humanity which is never a bad thing for a writer...

Tammy

Tammy's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...

Teresa Dainesi

Teresa's Topics:  Parenting, Health and Wellness...
I hang my hat in southern NH. For the last 7 years, I've been helping to care for my father who has done a slow dance with Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. I visited him almost daily at The Inn (his term for his nursing home) and ensuring his care was top-notch. The r...

Tiffany Sowby

Tiffany's Topics:  Parenting, Motherhood...
Tiffany's Latest Articles:
Signs you're headed for mommy burnout

Tim J. Myers

Tim J.'s Topics:  Young Fiction, Parenting...
Hi! This is Tim J. Myers. Welcome!

Timothy Dukes

Timothy 's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...

Tim Dukes, Ph.D. consults with senior leaders and teams, established business owners, political and organizational visionaries, emerging inno...

Timothy 's Latest Articles:
The A-Z of Present Parenting
Timothy 's Latest Books:
The Present Parent Handbook

Tudie Rose

Tudie's Topics:  Parenting, Inspirational...
I'm a rebel LDS granny, and retired (for now) legal secretary. As a child, I was told "writing is not a dignified enough profession for a lady," so I became a legal secretary. Obviously, times have changed, and I'm now pursuing a life-long dream of writing. Tudie R...

Victoria

Victoria's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
I am from San Diego, California and the oldest of four children. The ocean is my home. I am studying English and Editing at BYU and graduating in April, yippee! I love to travel with, eat sushi with, and watch movies with my husband. I love all things books. I am an asp...

Virginia Pillars

Virginia's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Virginia Pillars has owned and operated a business since 1994. She volunteers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization as an instructor for the Family to Fam...
Virginia's Latest Books:
Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

Wendy

Wendy's Topics:  Parenting, Family...
I am Wendy - mommy to a four-and-a-half year old son, public school teacher (and mother-figure) to my fifth grade students. I am a writer who wishes writing was my day job. I can create floral arrangements for a wedding (due to my years working in a flower shop) and t...
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