Hi, there! I’m Lynnette Sheppard. I wish we could meet in real life and chat over a cold glass of lemonade but, for now, digital introductions will have to do. I am the resident blogger, podcaster, and parenting coach in this little corner of the Internet, where raising children with love, leadership, and common sense is the name of the game.
I’m so glad you’re here!
I am the mother of five, most of whom are currently teens and young adults. Two have left home to make their own way in the world, and another three are right on their heels. Watching them grow into top-notch humans is turning out to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life.
But my parenting journey has not always been smooth sailing.
In fact, it started out about as rocky as you can imagine – with a houseful of strong-willed youngsters who were undoubtedly running the show. I felt like a failure more days than not, often worrying that at least one of my children would eventually end up in prison, and it would be my fault (true story).
My husband and I tried numerous different parenting methods in those early years, trying to find something that would give us the positive results we wanted. Instead of progress, however, our kids grew increasingly out of control, leaving us feeling helpless and hopeless.
Then everything changed.
When our oldest child was seven years old, a series of events unfolded that changed the course of our child-rearing and, by extension, our lives. We discovered and implemented a vintage parenting philosophy taught by parenting guru, John Rosemond, that gave us confidence in our parenting ability, and hope where there was none.
Little by little, we saw positive changes in our kids. Instead of constantly putting out fires, we were having fewer behavioral issues and more peace in our home. As a result, we were all happier and more relaxed.
It was a miracle!
It has been many years since then, and most of those kids are well on their way to adulthood. While they are not perfect (and neither are we), nobody who currently knows them believes the stories we tell of how difficult they were as young children.
Like I said; life-changing.
I know what it is like to be in the trenches of struggle with children – to feel stuck and overwhelmed. I also know what it is like to emerge from the ashes, strong and confident, with clear purpose and direction.
My journey has taught me a thing or two about what works and what does not in the parenting arena. More than anything else, I want to help other parents discover the same time-honored truths and develop the parental skills that orchestrated dramatic changes in my children and ultimately saved my family.
What I teach may be different than what you have heard in the past.
Even I was skeptical when I first heard these concepts 13 years ago. However, if you want to raise respectful, responsible, resilient, independent kids,
THIS STUFF WORKS!
I will be forever grateful for the dramatic change that took place in my family when my husband and I threw everything we thought we knew about raising children out the window and rewrote our family’s narrative, one day and one parental decision at a time.
I’m here to help you!
I hope you will stick around and explore. You can check out my latest blog offerings (the three most popular posts are at the top of the page), listen to a podcast episode or two, or sign up for a free parenting mini-course.
Contact me via email at email@example.com
In case you were wondering…
Before my kids were born, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University. My education taught me a thing or two about raising children and creating a strong family. Most of my practical knowledge, however, has been gained in the trenches of parenting five very different kids.
And here are a few random facts about me, in case you are interested…
- I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My faith plays a huge role in my life. I cannot imagine attempting this parenting gig without God’s help.
- I hate being cold and love the sunshine. Living in Arizona suits me well.
- I enjoy cooking and eating. A fridge full of fresh ingredients is strangely exciting to me.
- I am a morning person through and through. I am good for nothing after 9:00 pm.
- Being outside is food for my soul. I prefer the beach but, since Arizona is not on the coast, hiking has become one of my favorite pastimes.
- My mind is constantly swimming with half-formed thoughts and ideas. Sometimes, I wish I could turn off the mental chaos, but it is my constant companion.
- I believe in chocolate, forever and ever, amen.
- I am a bit on the silly side, for better or worse.
Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to meeting you!