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from the people that love family most. Familius is a family of authors, therapists, parents, and more, all with one special purpose: helping your family be happy. See who we are!

Young Children Contributors

Amanda Hamilton Roos

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

Barbara Beery

Barbara's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Barbara Beery has been a spokesperson for such national companies as Sun Maid Raisin, Uncle Ben’s, Borden’s, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Step 2. Barbara has been a contributing writer to FamilyFun, the country’s leading family magazine. She has appeared twice on the Tod...

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...

Bonnie

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

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

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!"

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, Music & Art...
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

Erin Garay

Erin's Topics:  Love, Health and Wellness...
Erin lost her own mother in 2008 and used all of the activities and inspirations found in Angel Birthdays to help her daughters process their grief. It was so helpful that Erin felt compelled to turn their life experience into fiction so others could heal through celebr...

Ginny Tilby

Ginny's Topics:  Love, Books...
Hi there, I'm Ginny!

Jaime

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

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,

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!

Kristy G. Stewart

Kristy's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
Kristy is a freelance editor and English master's student by day and a fledgling mother at all hours.

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.

Lorri Benson

Lorri's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Lorri Antosz Benson is a former syndicated columnist and talk show producer.
Lorri's Latest Books:
Adopting HopeAdopting Hope

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!

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.

Natalie

Natalie's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
What you fill your mind with can control the direction in which your life travels. Fill it with the good things in life!
Natalie's Latest Articles:
Emotional IntelligenceWhen Love Hurts

Nicolas

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

Nina

Nina's Topics:  Time Together, Young Children...
My name is Nina. I'm the mother of seven, a t-shirt designer, singer, reader, genealogist and now a Grandma of three.
Nina's Latest Articles:
The Magic of Reading Aloud

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...

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.

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...
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