Friday, November 20, 2009

Our "Courageous Parenting" team of experts, ready to help you move beyond "helicopter parenting"

I had already been planning to announce our final roster of Courageous Parenting anthology contributors, and today turns out to be the perfect day to do so, as this week's new Time Magazine cover story by Nancy Gibbs puts an exclamation point on the idea that it's time to end the age of over-parenting. Authors including Lenore Skenazy of Free-Range Kids have been pioneers advancing this trend. Our goal with Courageous Parenting is to expand the conversation by not only providing inspiration to raise independent kids, but also the skills and strategies that parents need in order to do so.

The new Courageous Parenting anthology will be published in March 2010 in paperback and e-book form. If you sign up on now, we will send you a free copy of the e-book as soon as it is released. How's that for a deal?

My highest vision for this book is that it will improve families' lives. In Courageous Parenting, we show you ways that you can become prepared for your children's growing independence, both by investing in your own personal development, as well as learning parenting tools and strategies that help you reach your parenting goals. This is parenting in the big picture: your kids will not wake up on their 18th birthdays magically transformed into capable, competent young adults. Their development is an ongoing journey! We parents need to learn how to lay that groundwork in small steps that promote increasing capability, responsibility and independence along the way.

It is such a privilege for me to work with these authors. Here is what we will be talking about in Courageous Parenting:

Introduction by me, Amy Tiemann, Ph. D., author of Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family and creator of

I. The Courage to Invest in Your Own Development

The Transformative Power of Self-Care by Renee Peterson Trudeau, author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life, creator of Personal Renewal Groups for Moms and writer for The Journey.

Tools for Career Reinvention, Kella Hatcher and Maryanne Perrin, co-founders of Balancing Professionals consulting.

II. Developing Your Courageous Parenting Style

The Courage to Let our Kids Solve Their Own Problems by Maya Frost, author of The New Global Student, creator of Smart Education Design.

The Courage to Become Your Own Parenting “Expert” by Melissa Stanton, author of The Stay-at-Home Survival Guide, writing online at and Real Life Support for Moms.

The Power of Personal Significance for Kids of All Ages by Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, offering local and online parent training.

I’m Worried I Worry Too Much But How Do I Stop? by Jamie Woolf, author of Mom-in-Chief, creator of

III. Real World Safety Skills for All

Kidpower: Skills for Safety, Skills for Independence by Irene van der Zande, founder of Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International.

How to Say “Yes” to Your Kids’ Online Activities, by Linda Criddle, internet safety expert, author of Look Both Ways, Help Protect Your Family on the Internet, and the founder of

IV. Finding your voice and raising it for the community

PunditMom on Mom Bloggers Raising Their Political Voices by Joanne Bamberger, author of the PunditMom blog.

Activist Parents: Challenge and Progress Through the Eyes of by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, co-founder of

It Takes a Motherhood by Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann, founders of

I have spent years developing relationships with these talented experts. Each and every one of them has changed my life in a significant way, and they have the potential to so for you, too!

Sign up now on the home page to receive a free e-book of the new Courageous Parenting anthology when it comes out in March 2010!

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Anonymous Lucy Edwards said...

Can't wait for the ebook! It's been such a joy to have your podcast while I try to courageously parent. After having heard so many of these contributors on Mojo Mom, I'm looking forward to an encore by so many of them in this anthology. I'm currently reading Maya Frost's The New Global Student and my reading contains so many others from your podcast. Thank you so much, Amy, for the inspiring work you continue to do.

1:02 AM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

Thanks for your support, Lucy! You are right, the podcast is one way I have gotten to know all of my Courageous Parenting contributors, and I am trying get them all on again for new interviews. As you can see I have started with Cooper Munroe and Emily McKhann, Amy McCready, and Melissa Stanton in the past couple of weeks.

9:42 AM  
Blogger lori said...

This is very exciting. What an incredible team ... can't wait to read it!

10:29 AM  
Blogger MojoMom said...

Thanks, Lori. It really is incredible seeing the project come together. Making the final announcement yesterday gave me goosebumps. And knowing how timely it is validates what we are doing. I think parents are really ready to have this conversation.

10:54 AM  

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