Lisa Lane Filholm earned her degree in Keepin'-It-Real while teaching high school English. While she was in the teaching trenches, her own children started to turn into teenagers and family life turned into a three-ring circus. Realizing she had before her--in her classroom--a living laboratory, she started taking notes.

Her research began as informal observation and curiosity about how some families survive the storms of adolescence intact. She saw some championing parenting, some families whose actions and reactions helped struggling kids survive and thrive. Her study was enriched by hundreds of interviews with parents, teenagers and young adults, as well as the latest research on the adolescent brain and family systems.

Amidst the messy and imperfect pageant of high-school life, she noticed patterns practiced by parents who help their teenagers navigate the rocky journey toward adulthood. She realized if parents KNOW, PROTECT and HONOR their teenagers, we can help them accomplish the tasks of adolescence and grow up into the people we always hoped they'd be. 

[Also, there is this: Lisa Lane Filholm recently retired from teaching high school English to spend time with her family and her books. She earned her B.A. (English Literature, Phi Beta Kappa) from Colorado College, her M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Colorado-Denver, and her professional actor training credentials at Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, RI. She has published two children's books and has written, edited and served as spokesperson for freelance and contract clients including: St. Anthony Messenger, Lever Brothers, The Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation, Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Resort, Whole Fresh Foods, Colorado College Admissions and Brothers of the Christian Schools/District of New Orleans-Santa Fe. In 2014 she received the Colorado Council PTSA Award for Outstanding Parent Service; she has recently been quoted on raising adolescents in the L.A. Times and on National Public Radio's Morning Edition.]

Lisa@beyondmamabear.com   lisafilholm@gmail.com   303.506.0133

Teenagers can get lost on their perilous journey to adulthood. Parents can help.
We must stay vigilant.
We need new role models.