#TalkEarly was created with a simple goal in mind: Empower parents to be confident about their own decisions regarding alcohol, model healthy, balanced behaviors and create a foundation for starting conversations with their kids from an early age. 

 

By joining forces with influential parenting bloggers, we at The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility hope #TalkEarly inspires more conversations between parents and friends while providing parents with the tools to continue such dialogue with their kids for years to come. We want families to talk early, talk often and be healthy.

 
 
Why #RefreshYourFunny matters. Join us this month: 
 

 

Casey Carey-Brown
life with Roozle

Casey Carey-Brown is an LGBT parent blogger who lives in Boston with her wife and daughter, Roozle. Casey writes every day at her popular blog, life with Roozle, and is well known for her writing, community building, and enthusiasm. She writes a weekly column on LGBT parenting at SheKnows.com. Casey was honored as a BlogHer Voices of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post, Today.com, Boston.com, BlogHer, Scary Mommy, and Brain, Child. Casey's first love is writing. She holds a Creative Writing Degree and has been writing online since 2000.

   
Fredderick Goodall
Mocha Dad

In 2008, Fred Goodall started Mocha Dad to chronicle his life as a father and to counter the negative stereotypes regarding black fatherhood. Now he uses the blog to not only capture his personal experiences as a father, but also to help motivate other men to be more actively engaged and involved with their children, families, and communities. Fred travels the country speaking about fatherhood, marriage, parenting and other issues that are important to families. In addition to operating Mocha Dad, Fred is the publisher of the men’s lifestyle website, Mocha Man Style. His Twitter handle is @MochaDad

   
Christine Koh
Boston Mamas

Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned multimedia creative. She spent a decade in academia and was about to become a professor when she decided to hang up her academic spurs in favor of more flexible and independent ventures. Since leaving academia in 2006, Christine has forged a new career as a lifestyle expert and influencer, with her flagship award-winning projects being Boston Mamas, a stylish lifestyle portal for parents, and Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less, the acclaimed book she co-authored with Asha Dornfest. Christine lives in the Boston area with her husband Jonathan and daughters Laurel and Violet. She tweets about it all at @bostonmamas.

   
Thien-Kim Lam
I’m Not the Nanny

Thien-Kim Lam is the founder of I’m Not the Nanny, where she writes about the fusion of Asian, African American, and southern culture in parenting, food and tech. Her stories about raising biracial children in a race conscious world have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and The Washington Post. She is also the head book nerd at From Left to Write, a virtual book club with a community of bloggers who read together and share personal stories inspired by our featured titles. She’s a columnist at Momtastic. After her family, coffee, bacon, and chocolate are the top of most loved list.

   
Anna Luther
My Life and Kids

Anna Luther loves helping other moms feel better about their messy, crazy, fabulous lives on her parenting and lifestyle blog, My Life and Kids. As a mom to three kids and a big, hairy dog, Anna embraces the “real” moments in life.

   
Jen Mann
People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Jen Mann is best known for her wildly popular and hysterical blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She has been described by many as Erma Bombeck – with f-bombs. Jen is known for her hilarious rants and funny observations on everything from parenting to celebrity behavior to Elves on Shelves. Her blog received the 2014 Bloggie Award for Best Parenting Blog. Jen is the author of the New York Times Best Seller People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges which was a finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Reader's Choice Award. Jen is a married mother of two children whom she calls Gomer and Adolpha in her writings – she swears their real names are actually worse.

   
Fadra Nally
All Things Fadra

Fadra Nally has always followed her passions and created careers around them: science, education, travel, technology, marketing. But when Fadra quit her corporate life, she found her true passion: telling stories, inspiring others, and making people laugh. She currently works as a social media professional, writes on her personal blog, All Things Fadra, and contributes a monthly parenting column on The Stir.  When she's not working, she's mothering a precocious 7-year-old son and a menagerie of pets in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD.

   
Jessica Shyba
Momma’s Gone City

After moving to Manhattan with her family over four years ago, Jessica Shyba began sharing her adventures in the city on her online journal, the lifestyle blog Momma’s Gone City. Since returning to Santa Cruz with her family, they adopted a puppy and #TheoandBeau was born. Jessica has been featured on many major media outlets including Good Morning America, the Today Show, NPR and CNN. Naptime with Theo and Beau comes out 2015, and Bathtime with Theo and Beau debuts in 2016. 

   
Julianna W. Miner
Rants from Mommyland

Julianna W. Miner is the writer behind Rants from Mommyland, Parents Magazine’s funniest blog of the year in 2013 and one of Babble’s 100 Best Bloggers in 2013. Her work has been featured in Parents Magazine, Cosmo.com, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Nickelodeon Parents Connect, The Washington Times, Washington Parents Magazine, and Babble.com (a Disney brand). 

Julianna is a mother of three and has been married forever. She adores her children in spite of the fact that they’re little terror suspects. In addition to writing, she’s currently an adjunct professor of Global and Community Health at a university she couldn’t have gotten into because she made bad choices in high school.

Meet our 2014 #TalkEarly Parenting Blogger Team!

Leticia Barr
Tech Savvy Mama

Leticia is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology. She uses her experience as a former teacher and technology specialist for a large DC Metro-area school system to share new technology and educational resources. She is a columnist for Parents.com where she shares quick technology tips and resources through her Tech Savvy Parents, writes for Babble Tech, and is a contributor to Scholastic Parents’ Learning Toolkit. Leticia enjoys the distinction of having been Parents Magazine’s Editors’ Pick for Best Tech BlogBabble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs and named as one of the 50 Top Twitter Moms by Babble. Leticia is a wife and mother of two children.

   
Stacey Ferguson
Justice Fergie

Stacey Ferguson, known online as Justice Fergie, is an avid veteran blogger, event producer, social media personality, public speaker, freelance writer and Chief Curator of the Be Blogalicious community and conferences celebrating diversity among women in social media. She was a contributing tech writer for Babble (a Disney brand); a vlogger on the 2011 OMMA award-winning SheKnows’ Mommalogues; and is an inaugural cast member of Go Mighty. Stacey is a proud ONE Campaign Community Partner, Shot@Life Fellow, and an Advisory Board Member of ‘we teach’ and iBlog Magazine. Stacey is a wife and mother of three kids. 

   
Meagan Francis
The Happiest Home

Meagan Francis is a blogger, author and the mom of five kids ages preschool to teen. In her book, The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets To Enjoying Motherhood, and her blog, The Happiest Home, Meagan helps other parents find more satisfaction and enjoyment in family life. 

   
Kristen Howerton
Rage Against the Minivan

Kristen Howerton is a marriage and family therapist and professor of psychology at Vanguard University. Kristen is the author of the blog Rage Against the Minivan, where she explores issues of identity, race, adoption, parenting, and the sometimes embarrassing indignities of motherhood. In addition to her own blog, She is also a regular contributor to Disney’s parenting site Babble, as well as to Huffington Post and OC Family Magazine.

   
Jeannette Kaplun
Hispana Global

An award-winning journalist, speaker, spokesperson, social media influencer, Jeannette Kaplun has over 18 years of experience on TV, radio, online media and as a published author. In 2012 she launched Hispana Global with blogs and videos in Spanish and English. A UN Social Good Fellow, she has also been a speaker at major conferences throughout the US, Mexico and Chile regarding content, social media, social good, work/life balance and online communities, including BlogHer, Blogalicious, EVO, LATISM, Blissdom, Hispanicize, Social Media Week Miami, SheStreams and SheCon.  In 2011 she won LATISM´s Best Parenting Blogger award. She also contributes to Babble, Ser Padres magazine, Moms Clean Air Force, LatinaMom.me and other sites. Jeannette is a wife and mom to two tweens.

   
Adrian Kulp
Dad or Alive
Adrian Kulp is a blogger, author and TV producer. He writes for The Huffington Post and Dad or Alive, the same title of his first book with Penguin Publishing. He was named one of the top 17 social influencers of 2013 by Kids in the House and his blog has a TV/Film option with Sony Pictures Television and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. He most recently acted as the executive story producer on A&E's 'Modern Dads', which debuts in August of 2013. Adrian is also a husband and full-time stay-at-home dad for Ava, 3, and Charlie, 2, with a third child due in January of 2014.
   
Fadra Nally
All Things Fadra
Fadra Nally has always followed her passions and created careers around them: science, education, travel, technology, marketing. But when Fadra quit her corporate life, she found her true passion: telling stories, inspiring others, and making people laugh. She currently works as a social media professional, writes on her personal blog, All Things Fadra, one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Blogs, and manages Charitable Influence, a blogging network for social good. When she's not working, she's mothering a precocious 7-year-old son and a menagerie of pets in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD. 
   
Elena Sonnino
Live.Do.Grow

Elena Sonnino is a freelance writer, strategist, traveler, runner, cancer survivor and chaser of dreams. She is passionate about fostering self sufficiency and inspiring others by sharing travel, running and social good stories on her web site LiveDoGrow.com. Elena is a Shot@Life UN Foundation Social Good Fellow and Shot@Life champion, a member of Bloggers4Haiti, a member of ONE Moms, and is on the American Cancer Society Blogger Advisory Council working to Finish the Fight against cancer because she believes that each one of us can make a difference, big or small and that every moment matters. She is a wife and mother to one daughter. 

   
Ellen Williams and Erin Dymowski
The Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

Ellen Williams and Erin Dymowski are the two friends and writers who share the blog, The Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms - a place of support, sensibility, and fun. While they share a healthy dose of wit and humor on their blog, they have also been featured on Mamapedia and In The Powder Room and are freelance writers for Home Made Simple. They were BlogHer 2013 Humor Voices of the Year Honorees. Ellen was a doctor in her former life and has two daughters, 12 and 15 years old, with her husband Frank. Erin has returned to teaching this past year and has five children — four sons, 16, 12, 10, and 6 years old and a 14-year-old daughter with her husband Steve.

 

 

 

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