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Sarah MacLaughlin

Sarah MacLaughlin

Portland, Maine

Sarah MacLaughlin is a licensed social worker, parent educator, and author of the award-winning, bestselling book: "What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children."

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Sarah MacLaughlin is a licensed social worker, parent educator, and author of the award-winning, bestselling book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children (Bay Island Books, 2010). She wrote the Parenting Toolbox column at Parent & Family for 8 years and has been featured on HuffPost and many online outlets. 

Sarah is obsessed with brain science and child development, and is passionate about advocating for kids and the adults who care for them. When moms and dads are supported and understand themselves and their children, everyone has more fun.

Sarah has worked with children, youth, and parents for over 20 years and has extensive experience with blended, foster, and adoptive families. She has presented many professional development workshops and conference sessions for educators and social workers. Sarah helps caregivers and parents see the bigger picture. She knows that grown-ups crave a deeper understanding with regard to brains, behavior, and caring for children in a developmentally appropriate way.  

Sarah lives in the woods of Maine with her husband and son; a tweenager who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice.

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If Raising Humans With Heart hits 500 pre-orders by Wednesday 11 December 2019 5 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 62 traditional publishers when the campaign ends. If Raising Humans With Heart hits 250 pre-orders by Wednesday 11 December 2019 5 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 48 hybrid publishers when the campaign ends. If Raising Humans With Heart hits 500 pre-orders by Wednesday 11 December 2019 5 P.M. UTC, then it will be pitched to 149 publishers when the campaign ends.
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Update #3 - Happy Interdependence Day! July 4, 2019

Well, at least that's what I would call it...

Because we're not built to be truly "independent." We're supposed to lean toward, and on, one another. We're meant to share and cooperate. Isn't that what we spend so much time teaching young children?

I read an article online today entitled "Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy." Go give it a Google. An excerpt:

"(D)emocracy's future would depend heavily on the 'habits of the heart' its citizens developed, and on the health of the local venues in which the heart gets formed or deformed: families, neighborhoods, classrooms, congregations, voluntary associations, workplaces, and the various places of public life where 'the company of strangers' gathers. These habits and the places where they are shaped form the invisible infrastructure of American democracy on which the quality of our political life depends. It is an infrastructure we have neglected at our peril, just as we have neglected its physical counterpart."

THAT IS JUST IT. And these words: "formed or deformed."


What of the venue of family? Of the neighborhood? Of classrooms? In these places where we are FORMING HUMAN HEARTS? When we pick up a baby to soothe him we are wiring his brain and FORMING HIS HEART. When we comfort a disappointed toddler we are FORMING HER HEART. When we remain calm in the face of a child's defiance, rage, or fear and SEE THEM THROUGH IT we are wiring their brain for connection and FORMING THEIR HEART.

Yes, there is double meaning in my book title RAISING HUMANS WITH HEART. We must STAY IN OUR HEARTS when we interact with growing humans. We do that when we are kind, connected, and compassionate toward children as we are forming their VERY HEARTS. And then we will have raised humans who HAVE HEART.

Thanks again for buying my book, please do share or post again (feel free to copy and paste this or a similar post I just put up on Facebook). I'm very far from my goal and would love any last push in the coming days. 

With heart, 

Sarah