Heather Shumaker

Heather Shumaker is a nationally known speaker, parenting author and environmental expert.  Heather Shumaker’s unconventional parenting book, It’s OK Not to Share…And Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids (Tarcher Perigee, 2012), has prompted parents and preschool teachers to throw away their timers and buy wrestling mats instead.  Families call it “life changing.”  Parents magazine book 179621404reviewer calls it “Brilliant…An enlightening book that will make you take a second look at everything you believe” and named it one of the Best Parenting Books of 2012. The follow-up book, It’s OK to go Up the Slide (Tarcher Perigee, 2016) has been nominated for a Books for a Better Life Award.

shumakerHeather has written professionally since 1996 for radio, print and online magazines.  Her publications include Huffington Post, New York Post, Parenting, Pregnancy, Organic Gardening, and she’s been featured on USA Weekend, Fox news, and multiple NPR affiliate stations. She’s a frequent speaker and advocate for free play and no homework for young children.

519mG08kp9LMost recently, Shumaker published Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes (Painted Turtle/Wayne State University Press, April 2017).

Heather once worked as a milkmaid, sailor and fire crew, as well as a garbage worker in Antarctica, at the U.S. South Pole station. She holds a BA in sociology / anthropology from Swarthmore College and an MS in land resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She makes her home in northern Michigan with her husband, four chickens and two young children, where she also blogs about early childhood and writing at Starlighting Mama. For more about Heather, go towww.heathershumaker.com,  follow Heather on Twitter and Facebook Heather Shumaker Writer

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