Welcome to Dove Parenting Blog, our latest addition to dove.org. Most visitors to The Dove Foundation website are parents who are surrounded by countless pressures trying to raise G-rated kids in an R-rated world. The primary role of Dove is to equip parents so they can make informed choices when selecting entertainment that reflects their values. The Dove Parenting Blog is the next logical step in that equipping process. Our Dove Parenting bloggers offer special insights into their unique worlds. For example, raising preschoolers and adolescents is quite different from ‘negotiating’ with teenagers. Homeschool parents face yet a different set of challenges. Media-savvy parents, especially those trying to balance celebrity status with the pressures of raising good kids, have their own issues. We hope you find Dove Parenting both helpful and enjoyable. New postings will appear weekly on Dove.org and on Twitter and Facebook.
Janyre Tromp is a developmental editor by day and a writer at night. She has 3 books traditionally published books – a juvenile fiction (That Sinking Feeling), and 2 board books in the All About God’s Animals series. Her passion is writing about the beauty of the world, past and present, even when it isn’t pretty. Currently she’s working on a WWII book exploring issues of forgiveness and hope, tentatively titled The Way of the Sharaw. You can check out her blog at BeautifulUglyMe.com
Shannon Popkin is an author and speaker from Grand Rapids, who loves to blend her gifts for humor and storytelling with her passion for truth. Find Shannon’s blog at www.shannonpopkin.com, where she shares “Tiny Paragraphs” from her life as a wife and mom. Also, look for her first book, titled Control Girl: Lessons on Surrendering Your Burden of Control From 7 Women in the Bible, to be released by Kregel Publications in 2016.
Shannon is happy to be sharing life with Ken, who makes her laugh every single day. Together, they live the fast-paced life of parenting two teens and a tween. When she’s not taking pictures at a soccer, football, or water-polo game, Shannon loves to be home, opening her front door to friends and family.
Angela Newsom is the homeschooling mom of six and the CEO of Cross and Quill Media. Cross and Quill Media was born out of Angela's frustration with spending 20 minutes scrolling through streaming video options just to find something decent on TV. And all the frustration was made even worse when looking for options to supplement her family’s homeschool studies. One day Angela decided that she needed a place to categorize all of the videos she found for History, Bible, Science, and everything else a homeschooling mom needed…this place became Cross and Quill Media. Now she spends her time finding resources for her family and yours. The only question now is, what kinds of things do you need?
Rachel Hockett is a singer and actress on a mission to inspire, encourage, and empower girls and women. She has always had a love for all things creative, and a desire to combine her love of arts, girls, and God to make a difference wherever she is. Rachel now has an impressive list of credentials ranging from singing to acting and speaking.
As a singing talent, Rachel was featured in the Disney films Cinderella (2005 DVD edition) and the Chicken Little soundtrack; several musical theatre productions; live background vocals for artists like Smokey Robinson, Wynona Judd, and David Foster; and studio session work with artists like Donna Summer, Ce Ce Winans, Nicole C. Mullen, and Natalie Grant.
She is the lead character in The Mother Goose Club, an Emmy award winning children’s series with well over 20 million viewers. She has also spoken on several tours including The Revolve Tour. Rachel’s newest venture is her web series “Simple Sparkle” that combines her love for home making and all things family along with her love of the arts and for encouraging others.
But Rachel’s favorite characters and production are her wonderful husband (married since 2003) and their two children, Olivia and Briley.
William Chad Newsom is a writer and editor at Cross and Quill Media, which he operates with his wife, Angela. He is the author of several books and novels, including "The Crown of Fire" (historical fiction for young readers); "Talking of Dragons: the Children's Books of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis" (literary study for families); "The Nicholas Book: A Legend of Santa Claus"; and "Family Lore: Kindling a Love of Story in Children" (forthcoming), as well as a number of published articles. He has contributed to several volumes of the Omnibus homeschool curriculum series. The Newsoms teach their six children at their home in North Carolina.