Sara Au is a journalist specializing in parenting and health issues, in addition to being mom to her teenage son and tween daughter. She is the co-author of Stress-Free Discipline: Simple Strategies for Handling Common Behavior Problems (AMACOM, 2015) and Stress-Free Potty Training (AMACOM, 2008), both with Dr. Pete Stavinoha, a clinical neuropsychologist.
The Stress-Free Discipline author team of a psychologist/dad and a writer/mom combine the expertise of brain science and real-world applications in the home, offering readers the one-two punch of not only “how” to do something, but also “why” it can work. Au and Stavinoha explain the underlying concepts of behavior, link that information to what is happening in their home at any given moment, and offer 16 Universal Strategies of parenting techniques. With five niche chapters about behavior problems specific to tantrums, homework, meal times, bed times, and attitudes, Stress-Free Discipline offers parents more information, more tools, and more real-world examples to help them turn those problem behaviors into positive behaviors.
A Syracuse University graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Sara’s written for such publications as ePregnancy Magazine, CNNMoney.com, Runner’s World, FitBody Magazine, and the Girl Scout’s Leader Magazine. She’s been featured on Fox News Orlando and in Twins Magazine with potty training advice and speaks to parenting groups and classes.
Sara also works for Orange County Public Schools, the 10th largest school district in the nation, and is the Vice President for Business Partnerships for the Florida Association of Partners in Education. In her life B.C. (before children), she produced breaking news and top story coverage for CNN, including every day of the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, the funeral of Princess Diana and the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.