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Anna Stewart

Anna Stewart wrote the book Mother Blessings: Honoring Women Becoming Mothers, available on Amazon.

Experience

Ms. Stewart is a family advocate, writer, speaker, facilitator and single mother of 3 unique kids.

She is passionate about helping families learn to advocate WITH their children and teens and supporting those with ADHD.

She has taught non-fiction adult writing classes and has worked as an editor and columnist for many years.

Since 2005, she has been the Parent Liaison providing special education support, information and resources for families for
the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.

Education

Ms. Stewart received her BA in Integrative Health Studies from San Francisco State University.

After studying at SFSU in the individually created Integrative Health Studies major, she went on to obtain her Massage Therapy Certification (Body Therapy Center, CA) her HypnoTherapy Certification (Halcyon College, CA), her Child Birth Assistant Training (Birth Assistants of Boulder County, CO) and her Parent as Mentors (PAM) Training (Boulder Valley School District, CO).

A Word from Anna Stewart

“I don’t think our kids need us to swoop in and fix their issues. We don’t have to keep pushing that boulder back up the hill for them. If we ‘do it for them,’ our kids don’t have to be accountable. We demonstrate with our words and actions that we don’t think they are capable. Is that helpful to our teens or to us?”

Media Mentions

Ms. Stewart is the author of over 400 articles, essays and reviews in a wide range of publications and book anthologies

She was featured in Anna Stewart’s Journey of Strength and Compassion by Beki Sciacca for ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere).

She was quoted in Boulder Valley: Inclusion of Special Needs Students a Priority by Amy Bounds in the Boulder Daily Camera.

Articles by Anna Stewart

Free-Range Parenting: Balancing Protection with the Dignity of Risk

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What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “free-range” parenting? Many people picture extremely lenient parents who impose few rules and fewer consequences. However, as with many stereotypes, that’s far from the truth. Free-ranging parenting, like all parenting, takes a lot of hard work—and for the kids, being free-range is a hard-earned privilege. As a... Read more »

Dreading Parent-Teacher Conferences? Try This New Approach

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Soon we will be carving pumpkins, raking leaves, pulling scarves out of the back of the closet…and bracing ourselves for parent-teacher conferences. Some parents go to conferences expecting glowing reports, but many of us dread them.  Maybe it’s because, like me, you’ve had a prior bad experience.  I remember going to my first parent-teacher conference when... Read more »

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Why School is Hard for Kids with ADHD—and How You Can Help

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“Can we talk about Daniel,” you say to your child’s teacher, a knot of fear in your belly. “He’s starting to say that he hates school and it’s stupid.” “I wanted to talk to you, too,” the teacher says. “Daniel's behavior in class and on the playground is very concerning.” Now that knot is in your throat... Read more »

Should You Tell Your Child about Their Disability or Diagnosis?

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Recently I met a frazzled mom at a conference about special education. “I’m so worried about my 16-year old daughter,” she confided. “She is defiant, hates school and won’t let the teachers help her. She is really struggling.” As she went on literally wringing her hands, I finally had to ask her, “Does your daughter... Read more »