It can be difficult to find exceptional parenting educators in today’s Information Age, even though every possible parenting topic can be found instantly via a search engine.
Parents can post their experiences to “Mommy and Daddy Bloggers” to get feedback from anyone willing to answer questions. Parents often feel more overwhelmed and confused in the end.
Teachers are also looking for good parenting educators. 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.
It is easy to seek quick solutions for child-rearing without fully understanding the game. This is positive young development. It’s a complex and difficult process that can belong. It is also the most important game you can play as a parent and teacher.
Roots of Action focuses on the whole game. We offer a wider range of thinking to parents and educators. This is based on strengths-based research in child development. Our framework, The Compass advantage, is designed for the development of a child’s mind, body and spirit. It fosters eight core attributes: curiosity and sociability; resilience; self-awareness; integrity, resourcefulness and creativity.
A Strengths-Based Approach To Parenting
Understanding the bigger picture helps parents make better parenting decisions. Instead of focusing on their weaknesses, parents learn to capitalize on their children’s strengths. We want every parent to be their child development expert.
Many parenting educators share the same approach to positive youth development at Roots of Action. They combine real-life stories with research and offer tips on how to encourage these big-picture outcomes. Their articles and research provide valuable advice to their followers on a wide range of child development and educational topics.
As a developmental psychologist, I often get asked, “Whom do you follow on Twitter?” I’ve compiled a list of my top parenting educators to answer those questions. Many are highly-respected experts in their fields and offer online articles free to parents and educators. Many of them have published numerous books.
I hope teachers and parents will look through this list and choose the parenting educators they are most interested in. We can work together to support parents in becoming their experts and strengthening their children’s special needs.
Who has my attention been missed? Who has the best insight on child development for your email or social media accounts? Add the names of parenting educators you admire and links to their blogs. Please leave your comments.
Top Tips for Parenting Educators
These parenting educators are listed alphabetically. I am inspired by their work and follow them. This is not an exhaustive list. It does not include parenting experts who are less educated or skilled in their respective fields. (Photos used in this article were taken from the top five educators on the list.
Michele Borba is a former teacher and author. She is also a media contributor. She is an expert on parenting, bullying and moral development.
Kevin Cokley is a psychologist, professor, and speaker specializing in racial identity development and maintaining health for students of colour.
Shauna Cooper, Ph.D., is the director of Star Research Lab. She uses a strengths-based framework to influence positive development in African American youth and adolescents.
Mona Delahooke Ph.D. is an audiologist whose focus is on the support of families with neurodiverse adolescents and children.
Jennifer Hartstein (Psy.D.) is a psychologist for children and adolescents, media contributor and author. Her topics include teenage-related and psychological problems.
Maureen Healy is a child behaviour expert, author, and speaker. She is an expert on parenting and how to help sensitive children succeed.
Katie Hurley M.S.W is a family psychotherapist and parenting expert. She is also an author. She is an expert in parenting, anxiety, social skills and learning issues.
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D. is a psychologist and author. Her topics include parenting and child development as well as children’s friendships.
Lynne Kenney is a psychologist for children and author. Her topics include improving executive function and motor movement skills for social/academic purposes.
Jessica Potts Lahey is a former teacher in middle school and media contributor. Her topics include character development and learning from failure.
Raychelle Lohmann is an author and speaker. Topics include anger management, family relationships and school counselling.
Julie Lythcott–Haims, B.A. and J.D. is a New York Times best selling author and former Stanford Dean. She writes about parenting and growing up Black and biracial.
Laura Markham is a psychologist, author, and parenting coach. Her subjects include attachment parenting, positive discipline, family relationships, and family relations.
Amy Miller McCready is a positive discipline trainer and author. She is an expert on positive parenting and other family issues.
Andrea Nair M.A.is a former teacher in high school and a psychotherapist. She is interested in positive parenting and family dynamics.
Susan Newman is a social psychologist, author, and editor. She is an expert on parenting, family relationships and the world with only-children.
Casey Wilson O’Roarty is a parent educator, trainer and blogger. She is an expert on parenting and positive discipline.
Jennifer Powell -Lunder, Psy.D.is a psychologist, author, media contributor, and clinical psychologist. She writes about the emotional and social changes that take place between the ages 8-12.
Alyson Schaer, M.A. is a psychotherapist and author. Topics include stress reduction and firm, friendly parenting.
Robyn Silberman, Ph.D. is a speaker and author who specializes in child/teen development. Topics she covers include bullying, teen body image and sexualization of young girls.
Jim Taylor Ph.D.is an author, psychologist, and speaker. His topics include education, positive parenting, youth sports and youth sports.
Michael Ungar is a psychologist, author, and researcher. His research interests include youth resilience and families’ responses to adversity.
Signe Whiston, L.S.W. is a social worker and school counsellor. She is an expert on bullying, crisis intervention and emotional/behavioural well-being.