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JENNIFER LEHR, Author, Parent Coach, Child Advocate

Jennifer Lehr is the author of  PARENTSPEAK: What's Wrong with How We Talk to Our Kids—and What to Say Instead. Her respectful, compassionate, relationship-based approach has been "field-tested" on her children for over a decade.  A child advocate, parent coach and educator, Jennifer leads workshops and gives talks for parents and faculty at preschools  and elementary schools as well as at colleges and conferences like SXSW. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, The Natural Parent, Scary Mommy and has been a guest on WSJ's Lunch Break and CBS News. 


 After a recent talk, preschool director Jane Walker wrote:

  • "How many ways do I love this book and the author? Lehr's book is fresh, up-to-date and really speaks to today's parents and educators. Without making you feel like you have already messed up royally, she tells you what to do and say instead and WHY in a relatable way.  I am ever grateful to her for addressing a skeptical crowd of young parents, who all left wanting more—and private sessions with her!"


Author and actress Jenny Mollen credits ParentSpeak with transforming her relationship with her son, noting, "Literally everything has changed since starting the book.  It’s incredible!” And Emmmy-award winning Jill Soloway, director and creator of Transparent, describes working with Jennifer like, "getting on the phone with the best expert and your best friend all at once." 




 "Important for all parents; I will be recommending it to everyone." 
       — Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids

"Lehr deeply understands kids.  Get ready to shake up your brian, ditch old habits and discover what the parent-child relationship can really be." 
       — Heather Shumaker, author of It's OK Not to Share 


 "Lehr has a profound understanding of how language impacts children."
       — Katie Hurley, LCSW, author of The Happy Kid Handbook 


"ParentSpeak will challenge you in the best possible way.

Read it and grow."
       — Rebecca Eanes, author of Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide


"The chapter about time-outs is worth the price of the book by itself, but I highly recommend you read the whole thing."

— Alfie Kohn, author of Unconditional Parenting


"Lehr shows us how we can derail our children's path to success—and how to get back on track."
Bonnie Harris, MSEd author of When You Push Your Kids Buttons







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