Learn from two parents who took the personal challenge to better balance their work and family lives through an innovative approach of bringing service intentionally into their family life. Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh and Ken Harbaugh are the authors of the recently published book Here Be Dragons: A Parent's Guide to Rediscovering Purpose, Adventure, and the Unfathomable Joy of the Journey
Before their three kids, Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh and Ken Harbaugh were decent people. Interesting even. One of them taught Shakespeare to gang members while the other flew reconnaissance missions off North Korea. But their own children were our biggest challenge. They were passionate and service-driven folks, except they were not demonstrating this to their kids. They spent so much time trying to be good parents that they forgot to be good people. Something had to change.
Two parents take the personal challenge to better balance their work and family lives. Their humorous stories have deep meaning as they raise their children and strive to leave their mark on the world. Filled with poignant moments and plenty of laughs, Here Be Dragons recounts the adventures of one family just trying to stay afloat.
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh is a mother, teacher, and dog lover—an above-average cook and below-average housekeeper. Both a dancing queen and a brick house, she is an avid reader of cooking websites, fitness magazines, and articles that promise she’ll lose weight fast. Annmarie earned her National Board Certification in English Language Arts, holds a masters in urban education from Yale University, and has been a beloved teacher at half a dozen high schools from Florida to Seattle. She has taught Shakespeare to gang members and sung lullabies in a wilderness detention center. Annmarie’s writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, New York Observer, and on National Public Radio.
Ken Harbaugh has flown reconnaissance missions off North Korea, researched war crimes in Afghanistan, and deployed in response to natural disasters both at home and abroad. He co-founded The Mission Continues, an award-winning nonprofit that empowers military veterans to find purpose through community impact. He is currently the president of Team Rubicon Global, an organization that provides veterans around the world with opportunities to serve others in the wake of natural disasters. Ken’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Yale Journal of International Law. He is not as funny as his wife.