I am a native Northern Kentuckian and hope to grow old living in the country side of southern Kenton County. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to work at something that would make a difference in someone’s world and following my four years in college I began to work in the field of human services. While I’ve worked in a variety of different settings over the years, I found my passion in parenting education and have been teaching, training, and writing about parents and their children since 1988. Working with hundreds of families has shown me that given the chance, every family wants to be functioning, happy, and successful. The challenge lies in knowing how to fill that desire and therefore, most families are willing to learn something to move them closer to that goal. For thirty years I have been a National Trainer and Consultant for the internationally recognized family - based education programs, The Nurturing Programs for Parents and Their Children®. Nurturing is about the promotion of growth and development in self, others, and all living things. More than a program, it’s a way of life. We merely have to keep our eyes and hearts open for ways to live it!
What's Your Story?
I was raised by parents who were called and responded to serving and helping others - especially those who were struggling to help themselves. I often asked my "life source" to use me where life needed me. With that conviction, I found myself helping others to learn how to help themselves for the next 44 years with the last 30 spent in parenting education. At the same time, I married and became a mother, first through adoption and then two bio children. Teaching parenting and actually parenting created a seamless web in my life that I could practice what I teach and this kept me honest, empathic, and humble. The kids have grown and now parent children of their own. At the age of 66, I continue to train, teach, and write with a stronger conviction that the best outcomes in one's life is to be found in the quality of the relationship one has with self, others, and all living things. The journey is just as important as the destination!
What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
To fix a relationship that appeared broken rather than discard it.
What is the easiest decision you have ever made?
To look for the good in life.
Who is your role model and why?
When asked this question, I often struggle with finding that one person to claim as my role model. Actually, I think over the years, my role models have come from the strength, the resiliency, the determination, and the goodness that I have had the privileg of experiencing from the scores of people I have met in my life. I have drawn strength and admired attributes from my family members to teachers in high school, to colleagues in my career, people in ministries, as well as some national leaders and world changers. But make no mistake about it...I've been so inspired by those who struggle to put food on the table, beat their addiction, raise their grandchildren, fight disease and chronic illness, suffer with depression and anxiety, deal with children with mental health diagnosis, forgive their own parents who missed the mark and passed on the trauma to yet another generation. Humankind has been my role model for we're all just trying to do the best we can with what we have to work with!
What is your SUPER Power?
When have you been the most satisfied in your life?
On becoming a parent
What things do you not like to do?
Deal with adult responsibilities like insurance, taxes, etc. I do it....but I don't like it!
What is the most important thing about what you want to do?
Continue to evolve and to encourage others to do the same.
Do you believe books can change the world?
Oh yes....they already have!
What is your ultimate goal?
Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with my God.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
To overcome a mentality of scarcity and to give from our abundance.
What do you prefer?
Beach or Mountains?
Meadows and Woodlands
Sweet or spicy?
I like both
Window or aisle?
Ice-Cream or Custard?
Dessert First or last?