Selected Works

Five virtues that dissolve conflict, restore good will, build common purpose and help people thrive--in business, government, volunteer organizations, faith communities, schools and families.
Growing Up Online
The award-winning column about families and technology
The Latest Advice For Parents About What Kids are Doing Online
Growing Up Online columns that are as relevant today as when they were written
Every topic covered by Growing Up Online since 2002.
Essays on Parenting
Sometimes being a Mom is magical
Before I had children, I raised kids.

About Carolyn

The greatest reward of freelance writing is being able to go where your life leads you. My career started on a farm in upstate New York where I wrote about living off the land. Dozens of magazine articles and two books grew out of those fertile years. The Heirloom Gardener was one of the first books about genetic diversity for a lay audience. Re/​Uses, a lively and innovative look at recycling, had over 100,000 copies in print.

When my husband and I started a family in 1983, my interest shifted to child development and family relationships. I've written about children, psychology, and family life for publications such as Reader's Digest, TV Guide, Redbook, Working Mother, Woman's Day, Sesame Street Parents Guide and many others. My essays have appeared in Newsweek and the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and I've won the CMP Media Award and the Easter Seals EDI Award.

As the Internet became a household word, I shifted direction and began to write about how it was transforming American families for Home PC and Family PC. When those publications went out of business, I started Growing Up Online, an award-winning monthly column targeted at regional parenting publications. For over ten years, the column has provided parents with much-needed guidance about how to help children be savvy, safe and responsible online.

About the time my oldest headed off to college, I went back to school to study Practical Philosophy (aka Ethics) at Bowling Green State University. There I met a professor who challenged me to rethink everything I knew about being a good person. We are now collaborating on a book about five virtues that allow people to survive and thrive in the face of change and conflict.

I think of myself as an indefatiguable researcher and an attentive interviewer. I love translating what experts know into something that will be useful and even life-changing for lay readers. Mostly I know that I am lucky to be part of a profession that allows me to investigate and make sense of matters, large and small, public and private, that have shaped my life and times.
Photo by Rachel Sara Thurston

My articles and essays have appeared in

Readerís Digest
Working Mother
New York Times
Womanís Day Specials
Family PC
Home PC