Jean Illsley ClarkeJean Illsley Clarke is an enthusiastic, long-time parent educator.  Based on her belief that children’s needs are best met by parents whose own needs are met, Jean creates learning workshops and classes that promote that goal.  She makes presentations, both nationally and internationally.  She is excited about the flexibility that the blog will offer, both as a way to share well-developed ideas and practices and as a platform for new learnings, current challenges, information about the studies on overindulgence, and ways to make research on the brain easily available to parents.

Her many books include Growing Up Again; Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children; Time-In: When Time-Out Doesn’t Work; Self-Esteem: A Family Affair, and Who, Me Lead a Group?

How Much Is Enough? is based on the research done by the Overindulgence Research Studies team of which Jean is a member.  Jean listens to her grown children and five granddaughters, ages 8 to 31, to keep current with the rapid changes in family experiences.  She loves theater, especially Shakespeare, music, flowers, and learning about the founding fathers.

Betsy CraryElizabeth (Betsy) Crary is a parent educator, heart and soul. There is nothing she likes better than to help parents solve the knotty problems with their children. She has taught parenting for North Seattle Community College and independently for over 25 years. Working with parents she developed the STAR Parenting process to help parents become more effective. She teaches STAR Parenting in the United States, Canada, and Japan. You can check it out on her web site.

Although she prefers to work directly with people, she has written a number of books and articles for parents and children. All of the books were developed in response to needs parents expressed. Among the books are STAR Parenting Tales and Tools; Am I Doing Too Much for My Child?; Without Spanking or Spoiling; Kids Can Cooperate; Pick Up Your Socks; and Love & Limits.  You can learn more about all her books at

She is also the parent of two grown children and three grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending time. Further, she enjoys vegetable gardening, reading fiction, watching Miss Marple mysteries, and sewing (but she has not had (made) time for that in a long while).

Beth GausmanBeth Gausman is a licensed parent and early childhood educator. Her experiences over the last 30 years include; child care provider in a for-profit child care setting, pre-school teacher, early childhood and parent educator for a Minnesota statewide early childhood family education program, author of Sound Foundations—an audio parenting kit, and community college instructor for pre-service students in the field of early childhood education. Her most current endeavour is writing a book on techniques for facilitating online classes for Parenting Press.

Beth’s most valuable knowledge on early childhood and parenting techniques comes from raising her own two sons, now grown to adulthood.  Personal Philosophy—Striving to make children and families a priority in our world.

Helen NevilleHelen F. Neville, BS, RN, ( started writing parenting books because she found parenthood a greater challenge than she’d ever imagined. Now with 2 adult children and one grandchild, her goal is to make life easier for parents and children. For 20 years she assisted parents as a Pediatric Advice Nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, where she continues to works as a specialist in inborn temperament. She regularly facilitates workshops for parents and childcare providers about working with children’s individual differences. Helen is the author of several books on temperament and development including Temperament Tools; Is This a Phase?; Mommy! I Have to Go Potty (revised edition); and ADHD/ADD Medications.

Emily WilliamsEmily Fuller Williams has been a massage therapist for many years. Her primary goal has been to reduce the stress her clients carry. Her book, Mudras: Ancient Gestures to Ease Modern Stress, explains how holding our hands in specific poses can change how we feel. We can learn to release anxiety, quiet our minds, and relax our bodies, in minutes, using gestures and the deepening of our breath. Emily believes that when parents are not feeling overly stressed, they naturally parent better. The important thing, she says, is to try them. You can add the ones that work for you to your parenting tool bag.

Connie DawsonMy greatest admiration goes to parents who reflect on the parenting they themselves experienced.  And beyond that, I admire those who go on to get clear about what to keep and what to change and get whatever help they need to do it.

These Courage to Change parents give their children an operational understanding of problem solving.  “When something isn’t working, find a better way.”

My current interest lies in the dynamic of respect in families.  Many of us grew up immersed in families where there was a fair amount of disrespect.  Disrespect is at the root of conflict, and I believe being disrespectful was definitely NOT any parent’s intention.  My two older children leapt to “defend” their little brother when he spilled his milk, saying, “He don’t know no better.”  Thankfully, we know a lot more now about avoiding and resolving control battles in relationships and families.

As to my professional background, I have taught fifth and sixth grade, been a school programs consultant for the Johnson Institute, taught in the counselor education program at Portland State University, been a therapist specializing in adoption and attachment, am a co-author, with Jean Illsley Clarke of Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children and of How Much Is Enough? with Jean and David Bredehoft, and am a speaker and workshop leader.

Sandy Keiser is a licensed independent social worker and certified family life educator who has been teaching parent education classes for Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio for over 40 years.   She is a contributor to several books written by Jean Illsley Clarke and uses the Parenting Press resources as they are understandable, practical, and effective.  Believing that people are more open to learning when they are affirmed, she assists parents in claiming and building on their successes.  In addition to the general public, she teaches classes to people who are day care providers, foster and adoptive parents, and has presented at local, state, and national conferences.   She looks forward to sharing ideas on the blog and inviting parents to think and make healthy choices about how they parent.

Sandy has written for the editorial page of The Cincinnati Enquirer on a variety of family issues.  She is interested in how grief and loss affects people throughout their lives and facilitates a job loss support group.  She is also the author of “HelpingChildren Deal with Grief”, which was published in Cathechist.   “Don’t Let Yourself be Disabled by your Disability” was published by the Spinda Bifida Association.

She enjoys reading mystery novels, going to the beach, cooking, and playing the piano. She is also active in her Church community.

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