About FamilyEducation.com

Every parent has that moment when they realize they don't know all the answers–whether the question is about conceiving, choosing a baby name, planning a birthday party, or talking to teens about substance abuse, FamilyEducation has the answers to life’s daily parenting conundrums.

Each month, more than 1.5 million parents turn to FamilyEducation as their partner in parenting. As one of the longest-standing parenting sites on the web and a millennial parenting destination, FamilyEducation.com has been a trusted leader in parenting and pregnancy since 1996.

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With thousands of articles, printables, crafts, activities, videos, and more created by fellow parents and experts including parenting coaches, child development specialists, doctors, doulas, and more, FamilyEducation strives to make your life as a parent more fun, simple, and rewarding.

FamilyEducation exists to support parents day-to-day, through the wins, losses, joys, frustrations, and everything in between. The next time you’re wondering how to sneak more veggies into your toddler’s diet, or if you should get involved in your teenager’s drama, FamilyEducation will have the answer.

Mission

FamilyEducation is your partner in parenting. Whether you’re preparing for pregnancy (yay!) or raising teens (yikes!), we have the answer to life’s daily parenting conundrums.

Editorial Policy

When it comes to parenting, there are no rights or wrongs, only informed choices. That’s why it’s critical that the information you base your parenting decisions on be accurate, up-to-date, and trusted.

At FamilyEducation, all of our content is carefully vetted and curated to address your specific parenting needs and help you make the most informed decisions possible.

FamilyEducation creates content around the following topics: Baby Names & Meanings, Pregnancy, Babies and Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Activities, School & Learning, and Family Life.

The FamilyEducation editorial team conducts research daily through a variety of resources including social media, news outlets, health reports, other parenting websites and more to determine the most relevant and pressing topics to be addressed and covered on the site.

All content is created for parents, guardians, and grandparents, and the general population as a safe place to get real answers to real parenting questions. By creating content that is both helpful and inspirational, FamilyEducation.com strives to:

  • Connect with parents on topics that matter to them, including family planning, raising children, and taking care of their own needs.
  • Provide parents with useful, practical information on all things parenting.
  • Educate parents on ways to simplify their hectic lives in a way that recognizes that parents– and homemade cupcakes– are never perfect, and that's okay.
  • Support and celebrate parents in all they do for their families.

All original content takes the following journey before publication:

  • Content topics and ideas are brainstormed by the FamilyEducation editorial team and Parenting Experts team.
  • Each piece of content is assigned to a writer who can specifically speak to the topic at hand, and has real-life experience as a parent, or professional in the medical and parenting fields.
  • During the writing process, writers are in communication with our panel of Parenting Experts, who provide guidance, quotes, and resources on the assigned topic.
  • Before publication, each piece is carefully reviewed by the FamilyEducation editorial team and FamilyEducation’s Head of Content, Katie Galgano, who has over ten years of experience creating engaging and informative content for the web.

Our team of Parenting Experts provides guidance, oversight, quotes, and resources on original content produced by FamilyEducation to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date and accurate information to our audience. Our expert team consists of licensed social workers, M.D.s, psychologists and psychotherapists, educators, and more.

Each month our Advisory Panel, consisting of family psychotherapists, and more, reviews our content to ensure the integrity and that all content is up-to-date and citing the latest research.

Content Disclaimer

Content that contains any information that could affect the health and well-being of a child or parent is thoroughly researched, links to trusted sources, and includes an expert opinion from our panel of Parenting Experts. All content on the site is intended to be purely informational in nature. The content is not meant to serve as a replacement for medical treatment or diagnosis. Always consult with a professional if you have specific medical or legal questions. Reliance on the information provided by FamilyEducation and its contributors is at your own risk.

We also publish and license content from highly-regarded publishers that we trust and think parents could benefit from including:

  • Adams Media
  • Alpha Books
  • Berkley / Penguin
  • Big City Publishing
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • FT Press
  • Funbrain Jr.
  • Infoplease
  • Oxford University Press
  • National Weather Service
  • PearsonEducation
  • Penguin Group
  • Penguin Young Readers
  • Plume
  • Prentice Hall
  • Que Publishing
  • Sourcebooks
  • Sudden Industries
  • U.S. Census
  • The World Fact Book

History

As one of the longest-standing family and parenting advice sites on the web, FamilyEducation has been a trusted leader in parenting and pregnancy since its launch in 1996, long before the deluge of parenting sites existed.

Originally acquired by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, in 2000, FamilyEducation began as an online publisher of learning-based content for parents and kids. FamilyEducation started with the mission of educating parents and parents-to-be so they can raise healthy, educated and well-rounded children.

In 2015, FamilyEducation.com was acquired by Sandbox Partners, a millennial learning company and strategic operator of businesses that are changing the way children learn and play.

FamilyEducation is an old pro when it comes to doling out parenting tips and advice. Today, FamilyEducation is a millennial parenting destination that more than 1.5 million parents turn to as their partner in parenting, and more than 2.5 million parents interact with on social media.

FamilyEducation has been named as the internet’s leading parenting site and was voted “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com and Brill’s Content Magazine.

Authors

FamilyEducation has a robust team of writers working on content daily. Our team of writers include fellow parents, parenting experts, medical professionals, parenting bloggers, educators, and more.

Amanda Houle

Amanda is a Parenting Guru and Designer Nanny, and host of the podcast, Parenting with a Punch. Amanda is continually inspired to work with parents and children to help them succeed and feel empowered. Amanda works with children ages 2-18 years old.

Amanda has a BS in Psychology from Northeastern University. She then received her MS degree from Touro College with a dual degree in General and Elementary Special Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. Amanda is a former Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) in NYC.

Avital Schreiber Levy

Founder of TheParentingJunkie.com, Avital’s mission is to help parents and caregivers who struggle with chaos, clutter and conflict to transform their experience with young children into one of presence, play and peace.

Brittany McCabe

Brittany has a Master’s degree in Child Development and has worked for the past 20 years as a Child Development Educator and Parent Advisor. As a mom of two littles, Brittany knows how important it is to stay connected to a community that understands the ups and downs of parenthood.

Charise Rohm Nulsen

Charise Rohm Nulsen is a writer, social media influencer, activist, and perpetual volunteer. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Boston University (M.A.T.) who has worked in the corporate world in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Boston, as well as in education throughout Massachusetts. Now as a work-from-home-mom, she is passionate about helping other women live their best lives and bring about positive change in their communities and beyond.

Donna Moriarty

Donna Moriarty is a writer, editor and author with a passion for writing, speaking and listening—the most powerful and enduring forms of human connection. She’s written and edited award-winning publications, short fiction and nonfiction, book reviews and a one-act play. Her first book, Not Just Words: How a Good Apology Makes You Braver, Bolder and Better at Life, was published in 2018.

Erin Ollila

Erin Ollila graduated from Fairfield University with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and then went on to co-found Spry Literary Journal as an outlet to celebrate the written word. Erin's writing can be found all over the internet and in print, and includes interviews, books, blog posts, and creative nonfiction. She lives in Southeastern Massachusetts where you can likely find her chasing around her younger daughters at her son's youth sports' games.

Gary Roe

Award-winning author, speaker, and grief specialist Gary Roe is a compassionate and trusted voice in grief-recovery who has been bringing comfort, hope, encouragement, and healing to hurting, wounded hearts for more than 30 years.

HeHe Stewart

HeHe is the founder of a Maternity Concierge, Doula and Birthing Service in the Boston area. Through an approach of mindfulness, relaxation, and customized care, HeHe views her role as the guardian of the energy of your birth experience.

Jacqueline Weiss

Jacqueline Weiss is a blogger, freelance writer and social media consultant based in Los Angeles. A graduate of Emerson college, she is passionate about wellness, fitness, and beauty.

Dr. Jennifer Salerno

Dr. Jennifer Salerno is a nurse practitioner, researcher, author, national speaker, and founder of Possibilities for Change. Her team developed the nation’s leading adolescent risk screening system, RAAPS. Dr. Salerno’s book, Teen Speak, and the Teen Speak series includes practical communication strategies that have helped thousands of parents overcome the most common challenges of parenting a teen.

Dr. John Arden

John Arden, PhD, ABPP is the Author of 15 books (translated into 20 languages) including Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults.

He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. He has presented in all US States and 27 countries.

Laura Richards

Laura Richards is a writer, journalist, communications, brand, and PR specialist with 20+ years of experience. She’s also a mother of four so understands the joys and struggles of parenting. Laura has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Boston Globe Magazine, Reader's Digest, Martha Stewart Living, Woman's Day, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, and is a frequent Family Education contributor.

Rachel Sokol

Rachel is a NY-based mom of two daughters and a nationally-published writer. She has a degree in magazine journalism from Emerson College, and contributes editorial content to FamilyEducation.com as well as SHAPE, Univision, Pregnancy & Newborn, Reader's Digest, MommyNearest, Red Tricycle, Redbook.com, New York Metro Parents, Verywell Family, and more.

Sa’iyda Shabazz

Sa'iyda Shabazz is a writer and mother to one. She can often be found in her apartment writing into the wee hours and trying to read a book in peace. She is a staff writer for Scary Mommy, and writes for several other parenting sites. Her work has also been featured on The New York Times and the Washington Post.

Dr. Stephanie Burgos

As one of the nation’s acclaimed Emergency Medicine Physicians, Dr. Stephanie Burgos is also a best-selling author, lifestyle and confidence coach, wellness expert, speaker, and social influencer. Dr. Stephanie works with women on how to balance mental and physical fitness with personal and professional success so they can renew their energy, restore clarity and rebuild confidence.

Suzie Marschhausen

Suzie Marschhausen is a blogger, writer, perinatal health coach, and Child Rights Activist. Her mission is to educate and hold space for mothers and fathers to experience deep healing so they can become more conscious and authentic parents. She believes the key to upholding childrens’ rights to health, autonomy, and safety is our own massive personal and spiritual growth as parents. She currently lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Zeb Goldstein

Zeb Goldstein is an attorney for Morgan & Morgan, with a focus on helping clients recover damages in personal injury claims. Away from the courtroom, he enjoys cooking, exercising, and attending his children’s school events.

Experts

Brittany McCabe

Early Child Development Specialist
Brittany has a Master’s degree in Child Development and has worked for the past 20 years as a Child Development Educator and Parent Advisor. As a mom of two littles, Brittany knows how important it is to stay connected to a community that understands the ups and downs of parenthood.

Carleton Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW

Personal Coach for Parents of Adolescents
Carleton Kendrick is the coauthor of Take Your Nose Ring Out, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's. He's been in private practice as a family therapist and has worked as a consultant for more than 20 years. He has conducted parenting seminars on topics ranging from how to discipline toddlers to how to stay connected with teenagers.

Charise Rohm Nulsen

Social Justice and Issues Expert
Charise Rohm Nulsen is a writer, social media influencer, activist, and perpetual volunteer. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A.) and Boston University (M.A.T.) who has worked in the corporate world in Manhattan, San Francisco, and Boston, as well as in education throughout Massachusetts. Now as a work-from-home-mom, she is passionate about helping other women live their best lives and bring about positive change in their communities and beyond.

Christy Matte

Technology Expert
Christy Matte is a Boston-based tech writer and contributor for Xfinity Mobile. She has two kids, a software engineer husband, a crazy cat who thinks she's a dog, and a hedgehog who just barely tolerates them all.

Colleen Wildenhaus

Education Expert
Colleen Wildenhaus is the mother of a 13-year-old girl suffering from severe anxiety and OCD. Her blog Good Bye Anxiety, Hello Joy shares with readers the journey her family takes to enjoy the small moments each day, keeping the beast of anxiety from taking away the joy of life.

Colleen became frustrated with medical and self-help books available to parents; while they offered suggestions, many were out of touch with reality. Through her blog, she shares the day to day struggles of parenting a child with anxiety, offering guidance, encouragement, and hope to parents.

In addition to being a mother and writer, Colleen is a former elementary teacher who holds two Master’s Degrees in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also holds certification as a child anxiety expert through 25 hours of graduate level chid anxiety classes, as well as training as a special education advocate. She draws from her expertise as an educator to coach parents and teachers in ways to make school successful for children with anxiety.

Beyond writing, Colleen finds happiness in life’s simple joys — her children’s laughter, waves crashing on the beach, the wide-eyed excitement when students experience an “ah-ha!” moment, and fresh baked cookies..

Connie Collins

Former Professional School Counselor
Connie Collins is a professional school counselor who worked in public education for 35 years as a teacher and counselor at the middle school and secondary levels. She currently works as a consultant and trainer on the topics of diversity, equity, at-risk adolescents, and peer mediation. Collins worked daily with the parents of the students in her various schools, and has facilitated several parenting groups.

Dr. Fran Walfish, Psy D.

Family Psychotherapist
Dr. Fran Walfish is the top leading child and family psychotherapist and author in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to her thriving private practice, Dr. Walfish was on clinical staff in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 15 years. She was a school psychologist and served a 4 year-term as Chair of the Board of The Early Childhood Parenting Center founded at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles. Dr. Walfish is a featured expert in Parents magazine “Ask The Experts” and formerly in her weekly Q & A in The Beverly Hills Courier. She is an on-camera expert contributor to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, KCBS2 News, The Doctors CBS, FOX News LA, The Robert Irvine Show.

Gavin de Becker

Security Specialist
Gavin de Becker is widely regarded as the leading U.S. expert on the prediction and management of violence. He is the best-selling author of The Gift of Fear and Protecting the Gift. His work has earned him three Presidential appointments and a position on a congressional committee. He was twice appointed to the President's Advisory Board at the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a principal advisor on a federal research project into mentally ill people who stalk public figures.

He served two years on the Governor's Advisory Board at the California Department of Mental Health. He is currently co-chair of the Domestic Violence Council Advisory Board, and a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy.

HeHe Stewart

Doula and Maternity Concierge
HeHe is the founder of a Maternity Concierge, Doula and Birthing Service in the Boston area. Through an approach of mindfulness, relaxation, and customized care, HeHe views her role as the guardian of the energy of your birth experience.

Henry Bernstein, M.D.

Pediatrician
Henry Bernstein, M.D., is the Associate Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and the director of Primary Care at Children's Hospital, Boston. He also has an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. Bernstein has extensive clinical experience as a primary care pediatrician in a variety of settings: private practice, a health center, a medically underserved area as a member of the National Health Service Corps, as well as in a children's hospital, teaching medical students, pediatric residents, and fellows.

Isaura Gonzalez, Psy. D.

Clinical Psychologist
As an Award-Winning Clinical Psychologist and Educator, Dr. Isaura de la Caridad Gonzalez has utilized her expertise and trailblazing skills to support others, specifically the Latina population, to expand their businesses and create top sum financial legacies. She is a multilingual innovator who founded one of the top Psychology practices in Staten Island as well as multiple other organizations, which aim to empower and inspire Latina entrepreneurs to learn the skills that will bring their businesses to the highest level.

Jeni Elizabeth Bianco

Celebrity Stylist
Behind every “It Girl” in Hollywood is a talented fashion stylist that ... well makes “it” happen. Jeni Elizabeth burst into the world of celebrity styling faster than a stampede of shoppers at a sample sale. After snatching her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Jeni found herself running the Women’s Department for New York’s most luxurious boutique Henri Bendel. In between styling Park Ave socialites and Upper Eastside tastemakers, she worked her way to the top of the fashion game by using the one thing no one else has: her charm.

With 20 years of experience in her back pocket, this LA girl is now one of Hollywood’s most sought after stylists. Jeni is a contributor for Vogue, Glamour, The New York Times and many others. Her work is everywhere from televisions top shows, music videos, red carpets to celebrity editorials. From the lead stylist for FOX’s #1 hit talk show to VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party styling Martha Stewart.

Most recently Jeni can also be found as a regular on WTNH News Chanel 8 Good Morning CT reporting Lifestyle & Fashion.

Jennifer Moss

Founder and CEO of BabyNames.com
Jennifer Moss is the founder and CEO of BabyNames.com and author of The One-In-A-Million Baby Names Book and The Baby Names Workbook. With a background in data mining and information technology, Jennifer uses her expertise to calculate the most popular names of the year and determine which baby names are currently trending--to the minute.

Michelle Routhenstein MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Registered Dietitian
Michelle is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Preventive Cardiology Dietitian. She completed a vigorous clinical residency and graduated with a MS in Clinical Nutrition from NYU. She has over 10+ years of experience counseling individuals and families on chronic disease prevention and management. Michelle owns a nutrition counseling and consulting private practice in New York City.

She works with children, adults, and families to reduce their risk of suffering from a heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. Such risk factors include: increased weight, increased waist circumference, obstructive sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prediabetes, diabetes, kidney disease, and family history of the aforementioned. She thoroughly evaluates all clients for nutrition deficiencies and excesses, and creates a comprehensive plan to enhance their well-being and quality of life. She creates personalized programs and packages with a high success rate. She sees clients in her NYC office and virtually.

Noreen H. Joslyn, LISW, ACSW

Licensed Social Worker
Noreen Joslyn is a licensed independent social worker in the state of Ohio, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. She has a Master's degree in Social Work, specializing in family and children, from the University of Pittsburgh. Joslyn is a psychiatric social worker in private practice with Ken DeLuca, Ph.D. & Associates, where she counsels parents and children. She is a past board member of the Ohio Association of Gifted Children, and an officer for the Parents and Community Division of the National Association for Gifted Children. Joslyn's prior experience also includes work with parents and children in special education, female juvenile corrections, and in partial hospital programs. She and her husband reside in Ohio with their two gifted children.

Savannah Harrelson

Public Relations Manager, Childhelp
Childhelp is the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children. They deal with the prevention, intervention and treatment of abused, neglected and at-risk children. They also operate the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD), the nation’s only 24/7 hotline dealing with child abuse and operated by professional crisis counselors.

Shari Nethersole, M.D.

Pediatrician
Shari Nethersole is a physician at Children's Hospital, Boston, and an instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, and did her internship and residency at Children's Hospital, Boston. As a pediatrician and parent, Nethersole believes that the first 12 months of life are critical for a child. "A nurturing, child-centered environment is important for the early years," she says. "Children need to be protected from some of the adult issues and concerns that surround them, and should be able to enjoy just being a child."

Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist
Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., is the former Editor in Chief of Exceptional Parent magazine. Klein, a clinical psychologist and editor, cofounded the magazine in 1971.Klein serves as a research associate in Medicine (Pediatrics) at Children's Hospital (Boston) where he teaches health-care professionals about working with the parents of children with disabilities, with particular focus on the challenge of delivering difficult diagnostic news.

Klein began working with children with disabilities in 1954, when he was a camp counselor. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Clark University in 1963. He has received numerous national awards for his work from organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the National Down Syndrome Congress, National Parent Network on Disabilities,American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and the National Easter Seals Society.

Stephaney Davis

Creative Director at Connection to Creativity
Stephaney Davis started Connection To Creativity when her eldest son faced difficulty developing his reading skills. His challenges with reading were negatively impacting his schoolwork and sparked. On her journey, she discovered that because every child learns differently, presenting reading opportunities with a creative, inspired and the interactive lens allowed them to connect with the content better, ultimately achieving a richer and more comprehensive reading experience.

Stephaney believes that every child should learn how to read and comprehend what they have read at their grade level or higher. Connection to Creativity strives to create youth programs that inspire, provoke and build imagination and spark reading comprehension. Stephaney has 13 years of experience activities for children at the Atlantis Resort.

Stephanie Manganelli

Co-Founder of Stowaway Collection Maternity
Stephanie Manganelli is part of the mother-daughter duo that founded Stowaway Collection Maternity. After searching for on-trend, figure flattering maternity options for her pregnancy, they left disappointed by the quality and offering in traditional maternity retail and vowed to change it. Together Stephanie & her mother, Debbie created a collection that celebrates the pregnant bump rather than hiding it beneath a tent. All pieces are made to be worn desk to dinner and manufactured in the USA.

Stephanie’s career began in fashion, when she landed a position in Nine West’s Executive Training Program out of college. After working in sourcing and production and realizing it lacked the creativity in which she craved, she moved to a creative marketing role under the Jones New York brand. There she learned the ins and outs of the fashion industry from photoshoots and runway shows to non-profit work. This is when she fell in love with fashion. She honed in on her writing abilities by ghost writing for the brand and perfected her styling skills by learning how to dress real women with real bodies. This important skill is how she’s been able to design for the pregnant body so well. Stephanie continued her career in marketing with the Swatch Group and eventually moved into food and wellness marketing with Organic Avenue before starting Stowaway Collection.

Stephanie currently lives and works in Hoboken, NJ with her husband and two kids.

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