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Margaret Andersen* has spent her entire teaching career in a middle school classroom somewhere in the Midwest. As a result, she literally spends more time each day with your children than you do and is privy to the little ups and downs of their academic and social life. Your children tell her their secrets; share their jokes; reveal their anxieties, frustrations and dreams; cry and laugh in front of her and yes, even laugh at her. She serves as their teacher, their mentor, their authoritarian, their friend, their parent, and sometimes their worst nightmare. After 24 years in education, she is almost willing to say there’s not much your kids can say or do that will surprise her.

Her hope is that she will be able to provide some insight into what really happens in the classroom during the school day. Perhaps she will shine some light on why your son suddenly won’t let you hug him good-bye in the morning; why your daughter shows up at the breakfast table wearing eye make-up and an “an outfit” -- not just her normal blue jeans and a t-shirt. Or maybe why their backpacks and cell phones are absolutely off-limits to you, the parent.

Margaret thinks Tweens and Teens are funny. They are growing children who are anxious to be independent adults. In order to survive their changes, she says parents need a sense of humor, a strong backbone, a compassionate shoulder, eyes in the back of their heads, and the ability to know "when to hold em and when to fold em.”

Having an insider share some of her trade secrets won't hurt either.

*Margaret Andersen is not her real name.

Kristine Meldrum Denholm is an award-winning freelance journalist covering issues of family, society and psychology, and law enforcement. A regular feature writer for Northeast Ohio Family Magazine, she’s reported on teen pregnancy, middle school melodrama, adoption, bullying and childhood sexual abuse; her work has also appeared in Police Magazine, New Jersey Family Magazine, Mahoning Valley Parents Magazine, Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, WOW! Women on Writing, and FundsForWriters.com. She’s also authored essays in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Dog’s Life, and Chocolate for a Teen’s Soul.

Denholm earned a B.A. in Journalism from Duquesne University and wrote for a national press office for a federal law enforcement agency for 10 years, where she served as a speechwriter and editor-in-chief of their monthly publication.

Recently honored by the Western Publishing Association with a Maggie Award for a Police story on a 1965 race-based murder of a deputy sheriff, she has also been recognized by the National Federation of Press Women and Ohio Professional Writers for her Family articles.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she lives with her husband, their teen and two tweens, and dog Buckeye in the Washington, D.C. area. She believes laughter is the best form of medicine.

Jacque Digieso Jacque Digieso is a veteran educator, mother and advocate for people who learn differently. Having traveled extensively, she is aware of the need for global tolerance and collaboration with all learning and communication styles.

She and her husband, Joe, raised two boys, one typical and one atypical, in a bio-adoptive family. In addition, they founded The Cottage School in Roswell, Ga., a school for teens with ADHD and learning disabilities that simulates the working environment and prepares students for college, art and technical schools, and the working world.

Gerald Drose, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Atlanta specializing in marital and sex therapy. In practice for over 20 years, Drose routinely draws on research and practice to help couples develop deeper emotional and sexual connections.

Drose has published articles in areas as varied as sex therapy and using visual imagery as a learning technique. Helping individuals and couples evolve their sexual desire is his latest research and practice interest.

Drose grew up in Charleston, SC during the tumultuous 60s when ideas about race, gender, and human relationships were being challenged and traditional roles were changing. This taught him a respect for the fluidity of cultural norms and ideas, which informs his work today.

In 1989, Drose completed his doctoral training in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.

He and his wife, Dina have three sons and live in Atlanta, Ga.

To learn more about Dr. Drose, visit Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, LLC.

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Jan Jaben-EilonJan Jaben-Eilon is a long-time journalist who has written for The New York Times, Business Week, the International Herald Tribune, the Jerusalem Report and Womenetics. She was a founding reporter for the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was international editor for Advertising Age before she fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Israel. Jan and her Jerusalem-born husband have an apartment in that city, but live in Atlanta.

In November 2006, she was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer and has kept a blog on her cancer journey since December of that year.

Although she’s lived with the diagnosis and fear of reoccurrence for five years, she says cancer is not who she is. “I will never say ‘my cancer’ because I don’t choose to own it. I’ll say ‘my cancer diagnosis.’ The cancer is a critical aspect of my life, but it is not my life. My life is full of other passions, interests, conflicts and crises – like anyone living during these confusing, complicated times. I may be more aware of my mortality than the average person, but that’s not necessarily a negative!”

Jan Jaben-EilonDr. Judie is a Clinical Sexologist and educator who has appeared on numerous television programs and hosted an award winning cable television program called “Sex Talk.” She has lectured to medical school students and physicians, and published commentaries on sex and communication.

She has been seen in NBC’s feature on “Sex for Seniors,” as well as CNN’s special week-long series entitled, “Sex, Romance, Love (and Aging).” She hosted the live cable TV program called “Sex Talk,” which aired in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and was awarded “The Best ‘How To’ Program.” A contributor to Lifestyles magazine, she also authored a sexuality column for “Senior Life,” an award-winning publication of Mature Media. She has been an interviewer for the “Better Sex” video series and was a talking head in the video “Sex after 50.”

Dr. Judie is a respected lecturer, workshop facilitator, and writer. In her presentations, questions, answers and dialogues are created that explore and expose those detrimental myths, taboos and negative messages that so limit attitudes about adult sexual relationships. When participants were asked several days following a workshop what they learned from the program, their responses were, "Connection, joy and intimacy with the ability to communicate about sex."

Judie is presently teaching at Emory University and lecturing at various venues across the country.

Rabbi Ben Kamin is a nationally-known clergyman, teacher, counselor, journalist, and the author of seven books on human values, civil rights, and spirituality. His newest book, NOTHING LIKE SUNSHINE: A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination was just published by Michigan State University Press. He has written hundreds of articles about community life in newspapers around the world, ranging from The New York Times to The International Herald-Tribune. He has been quoted in the Ann Landers column and in The Congressional Record. He appears frequently on radio and television and serves on several national boards dealing with community affairs and interfaith relations. He is married to Audrey Kamin, a financial professional and community activist; they live in Del Mar, Ca., and they share four children. Ben holds the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College.

In 2004, Ben founded Reconciliation: The Synagogue Without Walls, a privately-operated consulting agency for interfaith relations, pastoral and communal. Ben says, "People ask me about God. I don't even know how a fax machine works or why my fourteen-year-old boy just slept through middle school."

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Susanne Katz is a baby boomer who knows about reinventing yourself. After a divorce in mid-life, this writer and photographer co-authored A Woman's Guide to Managing a Mid-Life Divorce, became a grandmother, bought a dog and entered into a new relationship.

In her Second Life, Susanne is a Divorce Coach with Mt. Vernon Counseling in Atlanta. The divorce process is often difficult and confusing. When facing the emotional haze and the legal and financial maze, Susanne helps answer the oft-asked question, "How am I going to get through this?"

In her first life, Susanne was a museum professional who wrote museum publication guides including A User's Guide to the Developing Image Photography Suitcase, while on staff at Atlanta's High Museum of Art and Art Is All Around Us!, while serving as Director of Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Susanne earned her Journalism degree from Georgia State University where she also did her graduate studies in art history. Susanne's arts and living columns have appeared in Atlanta publications and regularly appear on Atlanta Jewish News.com.

Susanne's second life includes Phang, their kids, grandkids and Mazik the puggle.

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Dale S. Kuehne, PhD., is the Richard L. Bready Professor of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also a Professor in the Department of Politics and was the Founding Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In addition, he serves as pastor of Emmanuel Covenant Church in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is the acting chair of the State of New Hampshire Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Kuehne has recently authored Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship Beyond an Age of Individualism and has published several articles. He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, a M.A.T.S. in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Theory from Georgetown.

Prior to coming to Saint Anselm he taught from 1989-1994 at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. He served as Chair of the Department of Politic Science and was the founding director of the Pryor Program for Leadership Studies at William Jewell College in 1993.

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Lee Lambert was formally the CEO/owner of a medium-sized manufacturing plant for 12 years in Atlanta. She became a social entrepreneur after caring for her father with Alzheimer’s disease. Having been devastated personally by 15 years of managing her father’s care, she developed a system of what to do and when to do it for caregivers. Her goal is to make sure that every caregiver or future caregiver is fully prepared for this daunting challenge.

Lee is co-chair of the Resource Committee on the Healthy Promotion Advisory Council. Additionally, she’s on the Interfaith Team of the Healthy Weight Collaborative, she’s a member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and she’s a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council.

Visit her at www.leelambertcares.com.

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Steve PowellStephen M. Powell is the President and CEO of Healthcare Team Training (HTT).   Steve has been involved in human factors education, safety and teamwork training in the U.S. Navy, commercial airline industry and the healthcare industry for over 25 years. He's gathered experience as a major airline captain, aviation & patient safety instructional designer, accident investigator including root cause analysis, and as a researcher and simulation expert across high risk industries. Steve regularly provides patient safety training, consulting & coaching to healthcare leaders and frontline clinical teams in civilian and military healthcare organizations worldwide. 

 He has authored numerous articles on human factors, team performance and patient safety. He earned a Masters in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Steve is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate safety school and earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steve is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, the Clinical Human Factor Group, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves as a Board member for the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety. Steve has served as a member of the Technical Expert Panel for TeamSTEPPS® – Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety within the Military Health System.

Find out more about Steve's work here.

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Author Carey Sipps first book, The TurnAround MomHow an Abuse and Addiction Survivor Stopped the Toxic Cycle for Her Family, and How You Can, Too, was hailed as “an action plan to save your family in these toxic times” by world-renowned author, speaker, and motivator Jack Canfield, the CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises.

An addiction and abuse survivor and parenting education advocate, Carey believes Americans must break our collective addiction to what she calls toxic intensity, "the mother of all addictions," to stop the heartbreaking cycles of addiction and abuse destroying our families and burdening our healthcare system.

Her TurnAround Mom column on ShareWIK is Carey’s invitation and guide to fellow “children of chaos” to do what does NOT come naturally: create the kind of sane and loving home life that helps prevent next-generation addiction and abuse. She’ll be sharing selections from her book, including the “best of the best” tips and tools for parenting and recovery collected over almost two decades of recovery and parenting education research. A writer, speaker, and inventor, Carey has written all of her life to "stay out of trouble and to teach myself things I need to know." For many years, she was an award-winning advertising creative director, primarily working on fundraising materials for nonprofit organizations such as children's hospitals, children's causes, the arts, and educational institutions. A single mom for 11 years, Carey was remarried in 2005 and has two biological children and three grown stepchildren.

Carey graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in communications, and has a "life-long commitment to learning." She has done extensive studies on addiction, abuse, parenting, recovery, AD/HD, and children's needs, and markets a series of workshops on improving patient safety with fellow ShareWIK columnist Steve Powell for Healthcare Team Training, LLC, a Fayetteville, GA-based healthcare consultancy.

On the topics of recovery, parenting with AD/HD, and the need for parenting education, Carey is available as a guest speaker for civic groups, recovery centers, workshops, and conferences. She is known for her honesty and sense of humor, and is working on her second book, Nothing is Wasted.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Check out Carey's ShareWIK column here.

Diane Snyder Cowan is the Director of the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Western Reserve. She has been overseeing hospice and community bereavement programs and expressive therapy for over ten years. Prior to that, Diane was the Manager of the Therapeutic Arts Department at Saint Luke’s Medical Center seeing first hand how art, music, dance and play could positively impact children, adolescents and adults at the most vulnerable times of their lives. She was able to plant seeds with 100+ music therapy interns who were under her direction over 14 years. Now many hospitals boast music therapy programs.

Diane has promoted music therapy and bereavement care on local and national levels. She is a steering committee member of the Bereavement Professional Section of National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals and is on the Board of Directors of the Certification Board for Music Therapy.

Diane has presented on music therapy and grief and loss throughout the country. Her most recent publication, Death of a Friend in Childhood, is found in Children’s Encounters with Death, Bereavement, and Coping (Corr and Balk eds) 2010.

Diane’s goal is to provide comfort and healing to grieving individuals and provide education for those who work with them.

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Elaine Taylor-Klaus has been a coach, in one form or another, most of her life. She coaches parents from around the country, on the telephone, to confidently help their families thrive. She is the co-founder of ImpactADHD.com, a free resource for parents of children with ADHD. The owner of Touchstone Coaching, Elaine also works with women looking to create change in their lives. 

She is certified by the Coaches Training Institute and the International Coach Federation, and currently participates in CTI's Leadership Program.

She has served two terms on Georgia's Governor's Council for Maternal and Infant Health, as well as the southern Region Political Director for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the first Coordinator of Georgians for Choice, and the founder of Vote Choice: A Georgia Political Action Committee. She worked for the New York City Commission on the Status of Women, and completed the CORO Fellows Program for Public Affairs in New York City.

After years of managing the challenges of raising children with special needs and learning disabilities, Elaine established a Speaker Series for parents, educators and service providers about issues facing the growth, development and education of children who do not learn and live typically. Prior to that, Elaine taught yoga for pregnancy, postpartum and labor and delivery.

Elaine is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut but currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, three children and a rescue dog from New Orleans named "Kat." (Get it?)

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Tinamarie is a top-rated writer of love, sex and intimacy for a growing cadre of national and international websites. As the Eco-Sexpert for Greenprophet.com (the leading environmental website in the Middle East), she explores ways for lovers to green their personal lives, whether it’s between individuals, the sheets or their ears. At Examiner.com, Tinamarie muses on sacred sexuality, conscious love, intimacy, feminism, erotica and parenting as the Modern Love columnist. Her work can be found in a variety of print and online media including More.com, Moment Magazine, FallopianFallafel.com, SheWrites.com and more.

Once upon a time, her adolescent boy humor used to embarrass her, but now it comes in handy, writing as she does. Her irreverence, keen mind, and willingness to explore the edges of human behavior are earning her a reputation. Whether it’s a good one or not, has yet to be determined, to the chagrin of her mother who still cares about those things.

Tinamarie is the mother of two. In her spare time, she is learning her third language, composes poetry, reviews books, rides horses, and shops at her local farmers market. She considers chocolate a righteous sin, and won’t give up a single pair of red shoes.

You can find her on Facebook, follow her on twitter @ModernLoveMuse, or send her an email at tmbsdre@yahoo.com.

Dina Zeckhausen, Ph.D.is a nationally recognized, award-winning clinical psychologist specializing in eating disorders, body image and other women’s issues.

In 1996, she founded the non-profit EDIN, the Eating Disorders Information Network, dedicated to preventing eating disorders. EDIN’s School and Community Outreach programs have been honored by the National Eating Disorders Association and serve as a model for local, grassroots organizations around the country.

Zeckhausen wrote a play about a girl who struggles with an eating disorder entitled What’s Eating Katie? and also wrote the first children’s book devoted to preventing eating disorders called Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings (Magination Press, 2007), winner of the Gold Moonbeam Award in the Children’s Wellness Category as well as I-Parenting’s Best New Product 2007 award. The book serves as the basis for Love Your Body Week, a grade school eating disorder prevention program. In 2000, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation honored her with the “Year 2000 Women of Distinction Award,” which recognizes women who have improved the lives of Georgia’s children. That year she was also awarded the “Outstanding Community Service Award,” by the National Eating Disorders Association. In February 2004, Atlanta Woman Magazine recognized her as the “Woman of the Week” in recognition of Love Your Body Week. In 2005, the Georgia Psychological Association awarded her the Public Education Award for “Outstanding contributions to psychology and the citizens of Georgia.” In 2007 the Eating Disorders Information Network honored her with the Legacy to Inspire award.

Zeckhausen is a popular conference speaker and has been featured on The Today Show, The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, The Food Network show Cooking Thin, Connecting with Kids, Good for Parents, CNN and Headline News as well as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, skirt! Magazine, Shape Magazine, Our Kids Magazine, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Magazine and Atlanta Woman Magazine.

Zeckhausen grew up in New Hampshire and attended Williams College in Massachusetts. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1990. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Gerald, two sons and a stepson.

For more information, visit www.dinazeckhausen.com and www.MyEdin.org

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