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About Terri Fedonczak
Terri Fedonczak is the author of Field Guide to Plugged-in Parenting, Even if You Were Raised by Wolves. She has 22 years of parenting experience and is a Certified Martha Beck life coach, specializing in parent and teen coaching.
Terri wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good. On a trip to Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, she witnessed the power of lionesses, as they supported each other within the pride; it was a lightning bolt of realization, leading her on a mission to bring the power of the pride to girls and their parents.
After 16 years as a commercial real estate agent, a bout with breast cancer transformed Terri’s life in 2010, making her realize that time with her four girls and patient husband was a much better deal than money and status. It was time to put her mission into action. She left sales and embarked on a journey of spreading the message of girl power for good.
Terri Fedonczak takes the girl power message into schools, talking to teen girls about how to thrive in the wilds of high school. When she’s not writing books, speaking, coaching or blogging, you can find her paddle boarding on the sparkling waters of Boggy Bayou, knitting to the consternation of her children, who are buried in scarves and hats, or dancing in her kitchen to Motown.
You can discover your own inner lioness and feel the power of the pride at www.girlpowerforgood.com.
Sample Interview Questions
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1. Please tell me about why you picked the title- Field Guide to Plugged-In Parenting, Even if You Were Raised by Wolves.
Since I was raised in a household where drama reigned supreme, there wasn’t a whole lot of room left over for parenting. I knew this was messed up, even at a very young age, and I vowed to parent my kids differently. I think there are so many parents out there who love their kids, but they don’t know how to parent, as they have no role model to follow. This book gives them a field guide to navigate the wilds of parenting.
2. What is the deal with the safari theme?
I went to Africa last summer and I saw how the lionesses worked together to raise their young and survive as a pride. It was like a lightning bolt to my brain about what could be in modern female relationships. I returned home and re-branded my whole business around the safari theme. Since parenting is the biggest safari of all, where the natives are often restless, it is the perfect platform for my parenting book. I have a whole list of future Field Guides to help girls of all ages navigate their lives in a way that brings them more joy and meaning.
3. Tell us about being a “wolf baby” and how it’s affected your parenting?
I have a theory that when you are raised by wolves (parents who have no idea how to parent or nurture), you develop a lack-based outlook on life. When you look at life through lack glasses, every person and situation looks like a threat. You live your life constantly on guard; your every waking moment is about finding security and safety. The result, as a parent, is that you’re either overwhelmed by the uncertainty of a constantly changing landscape (as your kid grows, their needs change), or you attempt to enforce consistency by becoming a control freak. The wolf-babies I’ve coached vacillate between these two states; I was more on the control freak end of the spectrum. It took the diagnosis of breast cancer to shake my lack habit.
4. Tell us how your cancer diagnosis changed your parenting and your life?
When you are facing that degree of uncertainty about your future, it shrinks your perspective to what’s right in front of you. I realized that I had been living my life focused upon what I didn’t have, instead of all the blessings that surrounded me. When I made that shift, I knew that I had one mission: to help parents make the same shift without the sickness. As soon as I saw that my mission was helping other parents, it became obvious that my high paying stressful job was not right for me. I began life coach training and resurrected my dream of writing a book. Now I take the lessons from the book out into communities to help parents and kids improve communication, thereby bringing more joy into their life.
5. What is Plugged-In Parenting and why is it so important?
I believe that parenting is the most important job in the world; in fact, it’s the only path to immortality. If you parent from a place of values, then your children will teach your values to their children…and so on. Plugged-In Parenting is a method of daily parenting based upon long term goals. It requires spending time with your kids and creating a happy home, so that your kids want to spend time with you.
6. How do you create a happy home?
I give a lot of tips in the book on how to make your house the one that all the kids want to visit, thereby keeping your kids within your orbit. One of my favorite tricks is to laugh, often and loudly. Be goofy in times where it’s unexpected, like dancing around the living room (I tried to learn the Single Ladies Dance when my youngest had friends over), talking in accents in the grocery store, or anything that feels silly, just for the fun of it. Parents think that they have to be serious to teach lessons; not so! The easiest way to teach a lesson is to lead by example and use humor along the way.
7. What is your most important parenting tool?
Tell your kids how much you love them, every time you see them. Never pass up an opportunity to hug a kid…that includes their friends. When your child knows that your love is a constant, they will accept your discipline without a lot of fuss. When you discipline from your value system, and without anger, then your family life rolls along smoothly.
8. Why do you believe parenting is so important?
It’s the best way of increasing the level of loving kindness in the Universe. When you love your kids and then teach them to love and respect others, it creates a wave of goodwill that never ends. As Jackie Onassis said, “if you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” Parenting can bring you more joy than thinner thighs and a bigger bank account all rolled together. A parent’s love is the most powerful force there is. If you develop a parenting plan based upon what’s important to you, then you can raise kind, generous, successful kids. We need more of those!