The Why

Times are different. Developmentally, children and adolescents haven’t changed much, but the world sure has. A host of pervasive forces influence the lives of kids and teenagers, and we just want to make sense of their experience growing up in today’s world. Through a quest to understand the childhood experience, we hope to offer new perspective that helps you support a kid or teen you care about.

Our Audience

Whether you are a parent, educator, counselor, mentor, or coach, you play a valuable role in the life of a child. It’s people like you who make kids and teens feel supported, cared for, and loved when they feel most vulnerable. Our goal is help you to best support that children, regardless of their journey.  It is through understanding that you can forge a stronger, more resilient bond.

Hi, I’m Sharon Powers and I began this website to bring helpful perspective and resources to people who have a teenager in their life whom they care about. Being a kid is no easy feat, and they need people, like you, to look out for them. We all remember, it’s a vulnerable time. Children and adolescents thrive when they have positive people to help them weave through the delicate, yet hopeful time of youth.

Propelled by my passion working with kids, I’ve spent time getting to know them. Through a reporting job covering an education beat, work in a mental health agency, and as a middle and elementary school counselor, children have been the focal point. And I adore kids for their spirit, imagination, and resilience.

There’s no metric that tells you how great of a job you are doing when it comes to supporting a child you care about, but we all know the value of a kid opening up to a trusted adult. My goal is to help foster and strengthen those important connections.

Sharon’s educational background includes a Masters in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Old Dominion University and an undergraduate degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University. Sharon works as a school counselor in Virginia. 

  • Embrace your beautiful mess of a life with your child. No matter how hard it gets, do not disengage… Do something—anything—to connect with and guide your child today. Parenting is an adventure of the greatest significance. It is your legacy.

    -Andy Kerckhoff