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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!

Emotional Health Contributors

Abigail B. Calkin

Abigail B.'s Topics:  Young Adult, Books...
Abigail B.'s Latest Books:
The Soul of My SoldierThe Carolyne Letters

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

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...

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...

Ben Bernstein

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

Carla Marie Manly, PhD

Carla Marie's Topics:  Love, Books...
Dr. Carla Marie Manly has become recognized as an authority on fear and fear-based disorders such as trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Manly maintains her clinical psychology practice in Sonoma County, California. With her doctorate in clinical psychology and her mas...
Carla Marie's Latest Books:
Aging JoyfullyJoy From Fear

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

Cheri Pray Earl

Cheri's Topics:  Young Fiction, Young Fiction...
Professor of the year, published writer and award-winning author
Cheri's Latest Articles:
Only once on this earth

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!"

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

David Miles

David's Topics:  Young Fiction, Music & Art...
Hi there, I'm the Creative Director for Familius.

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

Deborah P. Schone

Deborah's Topics:  Books, Self-Help Books...
Deborah P. Schone was the best friend of Kristin Haroldsen, the girl who died from bulimia. She is one of eight children and has experienced the pain that is brought on through the chains of addiction when she lost her youngest brother to a drug overdose and the re...
Deborah's Latest Books:
By Her Side

Emily Morrocco

Emily's Topics:  Parenting, Love...

Erika Riggs

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

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...

Fight the New Drug

Fight's Topics:  Books, Self-Help Books...
Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug, a global nonprofit organization focused on educating society about the harmful effects of pornography, has close to 600,000 Facebook likes and is an active promoter online and through today's print a...
Fight's Latest Books:
Fortify

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.

Ginny Tilby

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

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...

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...

Jessie Funk

Jessie's Topics:  Young Adult, Love...
Hi there, my name's Jessie! The funniest question I've ever been asked is. . . 'Are your legs different lengths?' True story.

Jim Osterhaus

Jim's Topics:  Communication, Divorce...
Hi there, I'm Jim.

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,

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.

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...

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...

Libby Kiszner

Libby's Topics:  Young Adult, Books...
Libby Kiszner has a background in counseling both kids and adults with degrees from the Refuah Institute in Counseling and the Narrative Therapy Institute, plus additional training in psychology from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a degree from the In...
Libby's Latest Books:
Dear Libby

Lisa Sugarman

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

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:
Adopting HopeAdopting Hope

Maggie McCreath

Maggie's Topics:  Love, Service...

Maggie McCreath is a single mom with two grown kids. She received a degree in Computer Science from George Mason University, and has worked in the...

Maggie's Latest Books:
52 Weeks of Cookies

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...

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.

Mark J. Luciano PHD.

Mark 's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Mark and his wife Shelley, also a therapist, maintain a clinical and consulting practice in San Diego, California where they have offered Educational Consultation, School Advocacy Services and Marriage / Family Counseling, helping hundreds of families to resolve issues ...

Mary Potter Kenyon

Mary's Topics:  Time Together, Love...
Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in psychology and is a reporter for the Manchester Press newspaper. She is widely published in magazines,...

Mary Jedlicka Humston

Mary's Topics:  Love, Gratitude...
Mary Jedlicka Humston, a former high school teacher, graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in English Education. She has had over 150 poems and essays published at the local and national level in newspapers, magazines, books, and online. One o...

Matthew Kenney

Matthew's Topics:  Food & Cooking, Gratitude...

Chef, author, and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney is the world’s foremost expert in raw cuisine. His impact extends far beyond the walls of his restaurants located in Santa Monica, California; Belfast, Maine; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Miami, Florida (Fall 2014). Ke...

Matthew's Latest Books:
90-Day Raw Food DietCooked Raw:

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...

Mette Harrison

Mette's Topics:  Exercise, Time Together...
Nationally published YA fiction author Mette Ivie Harrison (The Princess and the Hound and Mira, Mirror) has been involved in triathlon since 2004, when she won 1st place in her age group at the first triathlon she ever entered. Since 2006, when she finished her first I...
Mette's Latest Books:
Ironmom

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

Noa Baum

Noa's Topics:  Books, Non-Fiction...
Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller who uses her art to build bridges of peace and understanding. Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures but primarily from her own Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, ce...
Noa's Latest Articles:
The Search for a Book Cover
Noa's Latest Books:
A Land Twice Promised

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

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...

Regi Carpenter

Regi's Topics:  Joy, Books...

An award-winning performer, Regi has toured her solo shows and workshops in theaters, festivals, and schools both nationally and internationally. ...

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:
The 8 Myths of MarriagingThe Happiness Paradox

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...

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...

Stanley Hall PhD

Stanley's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Stanley Hall, PhD, LMFT is currently an Assistant Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University’s Graduate School located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is both an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Dr. Hall...

Steffani Raff

Steffani's Topics:  Young Fiction, Young Adult...
Steffani Raff is a master of metaphor. She draws on her many years of experience as a professional storyteller to give strength and flexibility to her writing. You’ll find her writing captures the voice, humor and pacing of listening to a story in live performance and b...

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...

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

Trish Madson

Trish's Topics:  Minute Inspiration, Gratitude...
Trish Madson is a lifelong book enthusiast with over 20 years experience in the publishing and entertainment industry.

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...
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