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About Shelly

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I invite you to join me in learning, growing, exploring, and uncovering what your children need from you to thrive in the world.

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Parenting brings to life an ever-changing spectrum of human emotion. You will experience love, worry, excitement, fear,  anticipation, expectations, hopes, and dreams. As the mother of two adult children, parenting has made me laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time. I’ve dedicated my life to supporting youth & families in being connected, resourced, & happy. When I was 18, a college professor said, “We are going to explore why some kids make it, and others don’t, regardless of their circumstances.” Having been an angsty and “at-risk” teen myself, I was driven to understand my own resilience and support others in finding theirs. 

Since then, I have had been privileged to study, learn, and serve thousands of parents and young people. I’ve worked in criminal justice, social services, experiential education, private practice, academia, and non-profit as the executive director of the Parent Engagement Network. I strive to build on people’s strengths, be wicked smart about the most challenging issues facing families, and deliver information in a way that is relevant, relatable, current, useful, and immediately applicaToday, my focus is on writing, content creation, and speaking to people and groups about topics like being in relationship with your child, risk & resilience, positive youth development, child & adolescent development, stress and anxiety, parenting after divorce, peer relationships, and personal development.

I strongly believe that caring parents are the best parents they know how to be. There is no one way, or right way, and there is always room to learn and grow. Your children need you to “show up” for them. Being authentic, curiously interested, predictable, dependable, repairing mistakes, and always being invested in your relationship reaps benefits far beyond the day-to-day challenges. When you build the foundation, your children will lean on you when they need you most.

I invite you to join me in learning, growing, exploring, and uncovering how you can be your best self and help your children thrive in this ever-changing world. It would be an honor to serve you!

Happy parenting,



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