Monthly Archives: January 2015

UrbanSitter CEO

UrbanSitter: Word-of-Mouth for the Modern Parent

Suppose you’re new in town, and you’ve been invited to a “meet the neighbors” cocktail party. Or maybe your spouse is out of town on business, and you still have to pick up your regular shift. Or (gasp) your usual babysitter had to cancel.

What do you do?

Thanks to the miracle of modern parenting resources, a reliable sitter is just a click away. UrbanSitter coordinates full- and part-time nanny services, date-night sitters, and coverage for those last-minute appointments. Here to tell us more is the CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter, Lynn Perkins.

  1. Convenience aside, what makes UrbanSitter a go-to resource for parents? How does it differ from neighborhood word-of-mouth? 

Trust. UrbanSitter leverages social networks (Facebook, LinkedIn) and parenting organizations like moms groups and schools to help parents easily find babysitters used by parents they trust. You can see how you’re connected to the sitter and read reviews from parents you know. It’s like the traditional word-of-mouth without the legwork. For busy parents, this means more options and less time wasted searching for a trustworthy sitter.

  1. UrbanSitter has gotten plenty of positive press; does it seem like people have been waiting for a service like this? Were they quick to take advantage of such an opportunity? 

Absolutely. I think the biggest compliment I get is when somebody says, “How is it that a service like this didn’t already exist,” or, “Why didn’t I think of that?” One of the areas where we saw immediate demand was from working moms when the nanny called in sick, and we have a lot of moms and dads who use UrbanSitter to cover when they have project-based work or doctor’s appointments. Many parents need flexibility in their lives to make it all work, and our service is nicely aligned to support that.

  1. In addition to offering background checks, what steps do you take to reassure parents?

What parents love about UrbanSitter is that we show a lot of data about a sitter’s reputation and performance, including their star rating, reviews, average response time and “repeat families,” meaning the number of families that have booked her/him more than once. If a sitter has twenty reviews and fifteen families have repeatedly hired her, you’re going to feel reassured.

  1. What is it about this job that gets you out of bed in the mornings? What would you say to a potential sitter or parent client right now? 

I love that we’re pioneering a service that helps busy parents—myself included. I’m inspired when a sitter tells me that UrbanSitter is helping her pay for college tuition or allowing her to start saving money. To the potential sitter or parent customer, I’d say, “Give UrbanSitter a try. I think you’ll find it useful. I was a babysitter throughout college and it was hard to find new families to sit for. I am now a full-time working parent and UrbanSitter comes to my rescue with quality sitters time and time again.”

Sounds like a sweet deal for both sides of the stroller! A digital support structure with real-time reassurance is just what the busy parent ordered. Have you ever been in need of an “instant sitter?” Tell us your story in the comment section.


ZippGo: A Better Way to Move

Dontcha love moving? Scrounging in alleys for boxes, running to the store two or three times for yet another roll of packing tape, trying to figure out what to do with a jillion pounds of cardboard once the unpacking’s done; I’ve moved cross country several times, and every time has left me wishing for a better way.

ZippGo is it.

Stackable, reusable boxes that magically appear and disappearas needed, with a green message that will appeal to eco-warriors everywhere? Read on to hear about this magnificently modern resource that helps take the mess out of moving. Please welcome Ash Sud!

  1. Moving can be a stressful experience. How does ZippGo take some of the hassle out of the packing process?

ZippGo was born out of my own frustrating moving experience just over five years ago. I was moving within San Francisco and had to find cardboard boxes, drag them back to my place, and then spend several frustrating hours on the floor getting tangled up in tape. I knew there had to be an easier way to pack, which led to me launching ZippGo. ZippGo has simplified the packing process by renting and delivering green plastic moving boxes directly to a customer’s home. Unlike cardboard boxes, ZippGo’s moving bins don’t need to be assembled and are ready to be packed the moment they arrive at your door, can hold up to 100 pounds so you don’t need to worry about the bottom falling out, and are waterproof so your valuables will be protected during inclement weather. We hand clean each of our boxes after every single use to ensure the cleanest possible box which beats a dirty and dusty cardboard box any day of the week. ZippGo boxes are stackable, nestable, and are up to 50% cheaper than using cardboard boxes. After the customer has moved to their new home and unpacked, we come by and pick up the boxes with a smile!

  1. As an eco-friendly company, you advertise green boxes and Greenwrap. What makes them green? 

I launched ZippGo to offer a convenient and simple way for people who were moving to pack their belongings, but having been a green entrepreneur for over a decade, making it a zero waste solution was near and dear to my heart. ZippGo’s plastic moving boxes are designed to be reused more than five hundred times each, which means every ZippGo box over its life replaces five hundred cardboard moving boxes. Since launching ZippGo, we’ve delivered nearly a half a million of our boxes in the San Francisco Bay Area, thereby eliminating a half million cardboard boxes from entering the landfill. ZippGo boxes are made from 100% recycled plastic and when they reach the end of their life, they will be ground up and recycled into new ZippGo boxes. Our customers are supporting a truly cradle to cradle product. We also offer eco-friendly packing materials like our Green Wrap, which is made from recycled paper and replaces environmentally harmful plastic bubble wrap.

  1. ZippGo has a lot of great reviews. How long did it take people to realize the benefits of your services? 

Once people use ZippGo’s boxes they immediately realize how much easier and convenient our boxes make the packing and moving process. Two phrases we hear quite often after a customer has moved with our plastic crates are “I love ZippGo” and “I’ll never move with cardboard boxes again!” We’re a small local company with a tiny marketing budget, so word of mouth is everything to us. Our customers are amazing people who have helped us grow organically by telling their friends, family, and colleagues about ZippGo in person and online.

  1. Saving resources, time, and money; ZippGo sounds like a big step forward in eco stewardship. What part of the job puts a smile on your face every day?

I’m proud of the fact that we’ve grown ZippGo to rent and deliver to homes all over the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Palo Alto, Marin, and San Jose and to some of the hottest Silicon Valley technology startups and companies. However having a young family myself, I get the most joy when I see families moving with our green boxes and their kids seeing first hand that convenience, saving money, and sustainability can go hand in hand. I love my job!

I wish ZippGo had been around the last time I had to move; second to arguing over what to throw out, boxes were the biggest hassle. If you’ve used ZippGo, or if you have a carboard horror story to share, let us know about your experience in the comment section.

School lunches

School Lunches: Some Food for Thought

Depending on which side of the table you’re on, school lunches are either healthy and delicious or disgusting and tasteless. Then there’s the brown bag option, which can lead to the twin dramas of “This again?!” and “You left the crusts on!” Tired of catering to the patrons of Cranky Café? Let somebody else handle it! If your kids want to break away from the tray, there are some great new alternatives available.

First up, we have ChoiceLunch. Based on the belief that healthy futures begin with healthy school lunches, ChoiceLunch takes the guesswork out of nutrition by providing a whole slew of kid-friendly, balanced meals. Parents can sit down with their kids and plans menus in advance (there’s even a Last Minute Lunch option), with choices ranging from salads and sandwiches to sushi and pasta. There are even gluten-free and vegetarian options! ChoiceLunch offers an app for mobile ordering, a fleet of trucks to ensure prompt delivery at your child’s school, and a loyalty rewards program that can earn free lunches.

Looking for options that include snacks and three-course meals? Try Chefables. Made-from-scratch school lunches that keep negative nutrients to a minimum while packing in the flavor are what Chefables delivers. Parents can rest assured that their little ones are getting big nutrition without the big price tag. Click here to discuss enrollment options for your school.

If there’s one thing that Team Pickle members love, it’s a B Corp. Especially when food is involved. Revolution Foods fits the bill, delivering over one million school lunches every week across the country. A self-described “fresh food company,” Revolution Foods offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; there are even grab-and-go meal kits available in select stores.

Yeah, so I’m totally hungry right now. Good thing there’s an apple and some cheese in the fridge, since I’m a few years past school lunch eligibility. What was your favorite noon offering when you were a kid? What would your kids order for their school lunches, if they could have anything their stomachs desired?

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media: A Modern Parenting Resource

The smartest parents I know are the ones who seem to be into everything. They know a lot about a variety of subjects, their children are involved in programs and community activities that fit their needs, and they’re on top of modern gadgets and apps in a way that shows how involved they are in the ever-changing world of their children.

In short: they know how to find out what they don’t know.

There are several online resources (okay, there are a lot) and since it’s hard to delineate which ones place value on my values, I tend to stick with just a couple. One of those is Common Sense Media.


Common Sense Media has branched out since my first visit to the site; I was a mom who wanted movie reviews for my children. What I liked most about it was that they weren’t preachy or prudish in their opinions of movies because, quite frankly, I’ve permitted my children to see controversial films before some of their friends because I was offering guidance along with them.

Common Sense reviews more than just movies, however—they review books and games and apps as well, and their critiques are reliable and full of facts. I appreciate when reviews are factual and without condemnation for parents who still choose to let their children consume media.

For modern parents who would like more information about a media product, Common Sense is a go-to site. When reviewing, they offer categories on a Likert scale (a psychometric scale used in questionnaires) in some of these categories:

  • Educational Value
  • Positive Messages
  • Positive Role Models
  • Violence & Scariness
  • Sexy Stuff
  • Language
  • Consumerism
  • Drinking, Drugs, & Smoking

For example, check out this Common Sense Media review for The LEGO Movie. What’s great is that it offers information in each of these categories so you can make an informed decision for your child. One of my children was very scared of violence in movies so even the most benign movies would scare her. My youngest son, though, could handle all that when he was younger so I would have made different choices based on these recommendations.

Modern parenting needs all the help it can get and Common Sense Media is a Pickle Pick for just such a resource. Whether it’s for reviews or best apps & games or even their new Parent Concerns page, you’ll find something that helps you parent the way you want to parent.

Be sure to check out their Media and Technology for Educators as well.

Talking to Children about Ferguson and Social Justice

Social justice may seem very much like a buzzword lately, but that’s because it encompasses a great many ideas. The easiest definition presumes that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities. Teaching children that everyone is deserving of such things means teaching them to value diversity and all people. Instead of tackling all those things at once, however, it’s best to choose themes based on the questions that children are asking.

American students are plugged in more than ever, and modern parenting has become both a thing to use and a concept to understand. If I had a dime for every time a parent told me their child didn’t have a particular account or app (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc …), I’d be as wealthy as an app development executive. What I continue to impress upon parents is that kids have these apps, and that a great many of them are “underground.” All of that leads to kids being exposed to much more than they may be ready for and having a great many questions about the world around them.


When talking to children about major news events like Ferguson, Missouri and Mike Brown, it’s important to first ask them what they know. Teachers use this process prior to embarking on a new topic by using a KWL chart: tell what you Knowtell what you Want to know, and finally, upon completion, tell what you’ve Learned. Sometimes, as parents, we can tell our children too much when all they wanted was the basics.

It’s also important to figure out which concept they’re trying to understand when it comes to social justice. Is it the acceptance of others and their individuality? Or are they trying to come to grips with issues of gender inequality? Are they watching the news and seeing a conflict in which peace is elusive? With each of those specific examples, it would be silly to give a pat answer because those issues are very different and require special language.

Art teacher, Sarah Ryder, compiled a fantastic art resource for teaching the following themes of social justice:

Acceptance of Others/Individuality
Kindness to Others
Environmental Awareness
Understanding of Other Cultures
Developing Peace
Gender and Families
Economic Equality

With each specific topic, Sarah has also offered multiple book titles to accompany them for parents interested in taking the conversation to the next level, as well as art projects post-reading. My favorite thing about this idea is that she encourages her students to express themselves in an art form once they’re confronted with social injustice. It’s a great place to put energy. (This is also true for adults! Look how much art comes out of social injustice!)

Another resource for kids wanting to understand a current social justice issue is the #FergusonSyllabus created by Dr. Marcia Chatelain, author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration. This great resource is from the librarian/review site called Stacked and is titled Ferguson, Race, Civil Rights, Social Activism, and YA Fiction: A Round-Up of Reading. If your teen or pre-teen is asking questions that you feel inadequate answering fully or if you feel as though teaching them requires more than you’re comfortable with, any of these resources is a good place to start.

Kids care about fairness and social justice, and their brains are busy doing the work of categorizing and understanding it all. Whatever you do, just talk and listen. There will be no shortage of conversation on this topic.

Fondazione Cariplo [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

ABC Library

Featured Library of the Month:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library

Albuquerque is a dynamic, surprising city. Home to the ABQ BioPark and just a hop from the stunning White Sands National Monument, Albuquerque is full of history and opportunities for learning. Many of those opportunities can be found in the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library.

Actually a system of libraries, the ABC Library boasts sixteen locations in addition to the main branch. Each branch offers computer access to the Internet, Microsoft Office, and numerous electronic databases as well as the library catalog. You can take advantage of the Interlibrary Loan program, or research the genealogy section and other special collections.

The ABC Library is up-to-date with the latest technology, offering personal assistance with eReaders and downloads during their Gizmo Garage tech sessions. They also offer storytimes, Music & Movement classes, and a wide variety of special events. Steampunk perpetual calendar-making, anyone? There’s even an event just for teens, the shelfie contest! Entrants are encouraged to take pictures of their bookshelf and share them with the library staff for a chance to win a prize.

It’s a pretty safe bet that Albuquerque parents know exactly where to go when they hear the mournful cry of, “We’re bored!” With numerous locations and hundreds of events, the ABC Library is a sure cure for cabin fever.

What are you reading today?


Munchery: Things That Make You Go “Mmm!”

The word busy doesn’t begin to describe the lifestyle of most modern parents; a packed schedule has almost become a badge of honor. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to sacrifice good nutrition when a million appointments are pulling you throught the drive-thru night after night.

If you live in Seattle or the San Francisco Bay Area, you have an alternative. Munchery, a service that brings restaurant-style meals to your door, knows that convenient fare doesn’t have to mean cardboard flavor. With the freshest ingredients, sustainable packaging, and a donation program that can’t be beat, you’ll be too busy saying “Mmm!” to get out the whole name: Munchery.

Since Team Pickle is all about learning, we decided to ask Rei-Ling Dulebohn, Munchery’s Senior Marketing Manager, to give us a peek behind the scenes.

1. Most people equate take-away food with Styrofoam boxes and greasy napkins. How long did it take your customer base to realize that you were “cooking outside the box?”

Our customers are able to tell right off the bat that we’re not a traditional delivery service. We’ve created a way to enjoy healthy and high-quality dishes wherever you feel like dining: around the kitchen table, watching your favorite movie, or having dinner at your desk.

We also work to embody this new dining experience through every customer touch point—from including the ingredients and health information of every item on our menu to delivering our food in sustainable, compostable packaging.

2. In addition to great meals, you also offer carbon-neutral delivery. Tell us how that works. 

Since the beginning, it’s always been a priority of ours to always give back to the communities we serve.

For the carbon-neutral delivery, we track the mileage of our drivers and carbon offset the total each month with a monetary donation to the Conservation Fund. We also have a give a meal, get a meal program where we donate a meal to charity for every order placed on our site.

3. Who comprises most of your customer base? Do you see a lot of office staff, or more of a variety? 

We’ve actually seen a variety. As we expand our on-demand offering, there has been a substantial increase in young professionals and office staff. However, our product has always resonated really well with families who want to put a traditional, high quality dinner on the table, but don’t always have the time to do so.

4. Munchery sounds like it would be an asset to any city. Are there any plans to expand? 

Funny you ask; we’re actually launching in New York in February 2015. The team is very excited to bring Munchery to the East Coast. If you know anyone out there, tell him or her to sign up for our wait list and we’ll send them a free meal when we launch!

Thank you, Rei-Ling! If I lived in the area, I know where my next meal would be coming from. In the meantime, I’m signing up for that wait list. Readers, if you’re tired of take-out, try dining in with Munchery. First-timers can take a test bite by using the promo code littlepicklepress for $15 and free delivery on your first Munchery meal, valid through July 31, 2015.

Shuddle logo

Shuddle: A Resource for the Family on the Go

When it comes to modern parenting, one thing that a lot of us wish for is a way to be in two places at once. Dinner’s in thirty minutes and your kid has a basketball game across town? Poof! Your double handles the driving while you fix the food. 

Although we can’t yet bend time and space to our will, there are some great parenting resources available that can help you to juggle a hectic schedule. One of these is Shuddle, a driving service that not only gets your family members where they need to go, but lets you track the whole trip in real time every step of the way.

SFGate contributor Amy Graff tried the Shuddle service shortly after it was launched; you can read about it hereNina Thompson is another Actual Mom who regularly uses Shuddle; we asked her a few questions about her experience.

1. How did you find out about Shuddle, and what prompted you to give the service a try? 

I’m pretty sure I first saw Shuddle in a Facebook ad, but I definitely heard about Shuddle through friends. It could not have come at a better time for the family as we are going through the high school application process for our son, which means drop-offs and pickups from and to schools, open houses, etc. We went through this process last year for our daughter, who is now a freshman, and it was quite a juggling act as my husband and I are at full-time jobs and have only one car for the family.

2. Short of cloning yourself, having extra driving help sounds like a great way to maximize your time. What’s the biggest way in which Shuddle has helped you? 

Our daughter, Erica, is probably the happiest member of the family because of Shuddle. She has to commute from our home in the city to Stanford every weekend for diving practice, and most of time has had to take BART + CalTrain + Stanford shuttle to get back and forth. Shuddle saves her a LOT of time.

3. What was your child’s first Shuddle trip like? Nerve-wracking, exciting, or a total breeze? What did you do to prepare? 

My kids have taken Uber before so they are pretty comfortable with Shuddle. What I love most about Shuddle is that I get a notification for every step of the ride—really important for peace of mind.

I love Shuddle!

Shuddle ride

We also interviewed Ms. Leonda, one of Shuddle’s carefully screened and selected drivers. Here’s what she had to say about her job:

1. This is definitely not your typical taxi service. What part of the job makes you smile when you get up in the morning? 

This job is so rewarding. As a full time medical professional and a mom of an amazing fifteen-year-old, I am truly fulfilling my passion of catering to children! I am happy with providing a service and helping families all over the Bay Area meet their commuting needs in a timely fashion.

Plus, as an added bonus, while I drive other kiddos, one of my teammates picks up my daughter and takes her to school. It’s a win-win!

2. New riders might be nervous the first time they drive with you. What are some of your best tips for reassuring them? 

Oh yes! The best tip I have gathered from kiddo feedback is not to be quiet! I interact with the kids about school, sports, or college goals. We listen to cool music and I assure them to ALWAYS have an awesome day! More interaction (in moderation) is best for our drivers. We are also mindful not to OVER-communicate.

3. How much more have you learned about the city since driving for Shuddle? What have you learned about yourself? 

I’ve learned so much about the wonderful Bay Area! For example, where my next property purchase will be, restaurants to eat, and the locations of some of the most popular schools. Like myself, parents are particular about education and activities for their children.

I’ve learned that I love children. It’s my passion, and in another life I would love this as a full-time career! Gives me the low-key relaxed feeling I don’t get working my regular job.

When you can’t be everywhere, Shuddle is there. As a bonus, first-time registrants who sign up with Shuddle during the week of January 14th will enjoy $10 introductory pricing for any ride. How would YOU put them to work?

Shuddle ride in progress

Images courtesy of Shuddle.


Barnes & Noble

Featured Customer of the Month:

Barnes & Noble Antioch

I love the smell of books. The crisp, freshly printed pages, the sharp tang of ink; there are few things that appeal to my senses more.

Unless you throw in a gigantic mocha, that is.

At the Barnes & Noble in Antioch, California, you can enjoy both to your heart’s content. A big, bright landmark in the Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, the Antioch Barnes & Noble is a welcoming haven for the visiting bibliophile. If you’ve got little ones, you can bring them to one of several storytime events. For older kids and teens, consider one of their musical gatherings. Of course, patrons of all ages will enjoy book signings by featured authors, book club meetings, and the always-delightful treats at the B”arnes & Noble Cafe.

During the month of January, make a connection with our technology theme by attending one of the recurring Getting to Know Your NOOK seminars, or unleash your inner author at a creative writing workshop. So many great possibilities, and we haven’t even gotten to the bookshelves yet!

In print or online, there’s nothing like a good book. The next time you’re near Antioch, California, stop by Barnes & Noble to pick up a sackful; tell ’em that Little Pickle Press sent you.

What features make you feel immediately “at home” in a bookstore? Do you find yourself drawn to the same kind of shops, or are you a fan of variety? Tell us in the comments!

Sarah Graham Technology

Is Technology Mother’s Little Helper?

It’s December 23rd and you haven’t started your Christmas shopping? Time to hit the Internet. Click. Add to cart. Done!

Your babysitter fell through 20 minutes before the dinner reservation that took you six months to book? Let’s hope they have a high chair, and whatever you do, don’t forget the iPad.

You are no longer willing to go on a vacation without a full kitchen because you can only have your kid watch the iPad through so many restaurant dinners? AirBnB to the rescue!

Parenting in the age of technology is a hot topic. Publicly, we talk a lot about the potential dangers of “screen time”—Cyber bullying! Obesity! Anti-socialism!—while privately we marvel at (and give thanks for!) the array of conveniences that technology affords us. I regard my parents with awe—not only did they raise children without the Internet, they raised twice as many!

The Internet earned its status as a trusted source of information during the earliest days of my pregnancy (Is this normal? This can’t be normal!), and has since saved me from making costly treks to the doctor’s office (I recently Googled  ‘fever, sore throat, spots’ and within seconds knew my son had Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease and, more importantly, that there was absolutely nothing a doctor could do about it). That the Internet can help me diagnose an illness is invaluable, but the access it gives me to information on virtually any other subject is downright empowering.

Technology provides me with information, helps me arrange transportation, affords me new business opportunities, and, in a pinch, prepares my dinner. I want this for my son. I want him to watch the toy reviews on YouTube that have helped him develop a vocabulary better than most of the kids in my high school speech class. When he’s older, I want him to know about every career opportunity that exists, even the ones his teachers and I have never heard of. I want technology to expand his world the way it has expanded mine.

Technology is not our generation’s “mommy’s little helper,” but a valid contributor to all we can accomplish as a family, and I take issue with the notion that a modern childhood is somehow defective for using this modern convenience. As a parent, you know when your kid has watched the iPad longer than you care to admit in public, and you know, deep in your heart, when too much really is too much. Ignore the first feeling, pay attention to the second.

Technology is here to stay, and it will transform our children’s minds and worlds in ways that we can only imagine.

Sarah Graham is the founder, co-owner, and chief designer at Sarah Graham Metalsmithing. She is well known in her industry for creating unusual and innovative jewelry designs that stand out, both for the materials she chooses and for the techniques she employs. Sarah is also mom to a rambunctious four-year-old with a very strong vocabulary.


Featured B Corp of the Month: ChangeIt

Don’t like the channel? Change it! Don’t like an unjust policy? Change it! Want to make a contribution to your favorite charity? ChangeIt!

Wait, what?

Yes, ChangeIt. One of my favorite grocery stores has a jar at the end of the bagging counter. Customers are invited to drop their spare change into the jar at each visit; the proceeds are used to benefit community gardens, underprivileged youth, adult learning services, and tons of other great programs.

Of course, in this age of plastic, not everybody carts around fistfuls of coins. This is where ChangeIt comes in.

When you register your debit or credit card (or even your mobile payment device), you are given the ability to round up your purchase amount and donate the difference to the worthy cause of your choice. You choose the charity, you set your monthly limits, and you have the satisfaction of literally being the “change” you seek in the world.

A dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, but now your spare change can make a world of difference. Check out ChangeIt today, and cash in on the good feelings.

The Owner's Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain:

Industry Awards and Accolades

A mind is a terrible thing to waste, so here at Little Pickle Press, we’re putting our best brain forward for the new year. If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain, here are a few good reasons to, ahem, think about it.

This absorbing book by Drs. JoAnn Deak and Terrence Deak continues the lessons from Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, offering helpful insights into the brain as it enters its second decade. Available in beautiful hardback and e-book formats, The Owner’s Manual has garnered industry praise right out of the box.

2014 Mom’s Choice Gold Award

2014 Silver Nautilus Award

2014 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award

2014 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award

2014 Gold Medal Winner – eLit Award

2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award

In addition, quite a few news and parenting resources have enthusiastically endorsed The Owner’s Manual, including MagicBlox,, ForeWord Reviews, Today’s Parent, Huffington Post, Midwest Book Review, and LRP Publications.

If you’ve got a teen (or soon-to-be-teen) in your life, you’ll want to snag a copy of The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain. It won’t derail the drama, but it WILL give you an idea of how to help your kid stay on course.