Finding exceptional parenting educators can be challenging in the Information Age, even when every conceivable parenting topic can be instantly found via a search engine.
Parents can share their experiences with “Mommy or Daddy Bloggers” and get feedback from almost anyone willing to respond to questions. But in the end, parents often feel even more confused and overwhelmed.
Schools seek good parenting educators too. Reputable parenting experts can provide input and advice for teachers and administrators who want to increase parent involvement and work more collaboratively to build parent-school-community partnerships that benefit all children.
Seeking quick solutions about child-rearing is like trying to learn all the offensive and defensive plays in football without understanding the game. In this case, the game is positive youth development. It is a lengthy, complex, and challenging process. And it is the most important game you will play as a parent or teacher.
At Roots of Action, we focus on the overall game. Rather than quick answers, we provide a broader palette of thinking for parents and educators, one that is built on strength-based research in child and adolescent development. Our framework, The Compass Advantage, is designed to foster the development of a child’s mind, body, heart, and spirit through the nurturing of eight core attributes: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.
A Strengths-Based Approach to Parenting
When bigger-picture concepts are understood, everyday parenting decisions become more intuitive. Parents learn how to build on their children’s strengths rather than solely focusing on correcting deficits. Our aim is for each parent to become their own child development expert!
There are many parenting educators who share a similar approach to positive youth development as we do at Roots of Action. Through their blogs and social media accounts, they combine research with real-life stories and teach about how to foster behaviors that lead to these big-picture outcomes. Through their articles and research, they bring wise advice on a variety of educational and child development topics to their followers.
As a developmental psychologist, I am often asked, “Whom do you follow on social media? What blogs do you read, share, and recommend for parents?” In response to those questions, I have put together a list of some of my favorite parenting educators. Highly trained experts and well-respected in their fields, most offer free online articles for parents and educators as well as consulting and speaking services. Many have written numerous books.
I hope parents and teachers will peruse this list and follow the parenting educators that interest them the most. Together, we can collaborate to help parents become their own experts, strengthening children in ways that support their diverse family values, backgrounds, and special needs.
Who have I missed? Who brings the best insights on child development to your inbox or social media account? Please add the parenting educators you love, with links to their blogs, etc. in the comments section.
Top Picks for Parenting Educators
Listed in alphabetical order, I follow these parenting educators and are inspired by their work. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and does not include many excellent parenting experts that are not as highly educated or trained in their fields. (Photos for this article were selected from the first five educators on the list.)
Katie Hurley, M.S.W., is a family psychotherapist, parenting expert, and author. Her topics include practical parenting strategies, social skills, anxiety, and learning issues. Blog; Twitter; Facebook
Jennifer Powell-Lunder, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, and media contributor. She writes about the emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and psychological changes that occur between the ages of 8-12. Blog, Twitter; Facebook
(This list was first published Sept. 29, 2014. The article and the list was updated August 2, 2020)
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Published: August 2, 2020Tags: child development specialists, parent engagement, parent involvement, parenting, parenting educators, parenting experts, positive youth development