Introducing Vicki Hoefle on!

I’m happy to introduce Vicki Hoefle to Parent Co. readers. Actually, many of you might already know her; she’s helped many thousands of families create happier homes through her writing, classes and programs.

We’re now featuring  Vicki’s smart, practical and compassionate ideas about parenting in a new weekly column.

Vicki offers dozens of tools and tips that solve everyday family problems like messes, allowance, chores, squabbles, etc. But her real innovation is an interconnected framework of insights for raising responsible, resilient, self-directed kids.

Her techniques bring the job of “parenting” to the ground, making it easier and more focused on happiness and the parent-child relationship.

I didn’t see much value in “parenting experts” until I met Vicki (most of them seemed like grandstanders and blowhards). But Vicki’s practical approach works for my family. Also, I appreciate her perspective that we’re “not raising children; we’re raising the grownups they’re going to be” (to paraphrase Louis C.K.’s now-famous expression).

Vicki wrote Duct Tape Parenting: A Less Is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids, which has 121 reviews and a five-star rating on

Her follow up book “The Straight Talk on Parenting: A No-Nonsense Approach on How to Grow a Grown-Up” comes out April 21 2015. It debuted at #1 in pre-orders for parenting books on Amazon.

Click here to start following Vicki’s column on Parent Co.!