1. Julia Schaefer
A full time mom, pet parent and wife and a part time writer that is how Julia likes to describe herself. She is a firm believer in making a little bit go a long way.
She is our resident frugal fairy who enjoys sharing tips on how to lead a wholesome life on a budget. Julia enjoys writing about home improvement tips and products that make the living space just right for kids and seniors.
2. Melanie Brogan
Melanie wanted to employ her skills as a wordsmith to more than just news articles and that is when she thought about turning to reviews.
Mother to two rambunctious munchkins, Melanie knows how much money and time can be saved by buying the right product the very first time. So, her in-depth reviews are written with the single minded purpose of offering a customer-centric look at what’s currently available and popular.
3 Kristi Tice
Kristi is about to welcome her bundle of joy in a few months and has taken a break from her banking job to focus on her pregnancy.
She used to be a hobby blogger but with more time on her hands now, she has turned into a regular contributor on the site. Kristi’s niche includes, you guessed it right, all things about babies. And boy has she done her homework!
4. Mary Handley
A mother, teacher, writer and daughter, Mary is handling so many roles and so impeccably well that it is hard to not presume that she has some super powers stashed away somewhere.
On her part, she calls it proper planning and just a bit of common sense that always makes the road ahead easier. Her articles reflect her zeal to keep things uncomplicated in life. She writes across generations, meaning on topics about kids as well as about seniors.
5. Joanna McCoy
Joanna and her mom were always a team and in her own words even when she was in her twenties, she counted her mom among her best friends. Twenty five years down the line, that hasn’t changed although now Joanna has to invest more time into caring for her mother.
She loves to offer advice on how to make their golden years truly golden for the seniors in our lives. From senior health to hobbies and from travel for seniors to dating, she writes on all these topics and more.
6. Nina Penn
Nina started writing 5 years ago to beat the empty nest syndrome that threatened to engulf her. In her own words, putting her thoughts down on paper was the most cathartic thing she ever did.
She prides herself in being a senior who writes for seniors and feels that she has a unique and first hand perspective on both the trials and triumphs of the people in her age group. A combination of realism and hope, her pieces never fail to convey that life does not stop when you hit 60; it actually starts in a whole new way when you cross that milestone.
7. Janice Sheridan
A senior care service provider with more than 15 years of experience under her belt, Janice knows what it takes to ensure the safety and comfort of the elderly in their own homes.
She now offers advice to children who want their aging parents to live with them as opposed to in a senior care facility. Because she is daughter to a sprightly 75 year old young man, her advice comes both from the heart and the brain.
8. Erika Johnson
She is the savviest and most well informed customer out there, if there ever was one; that’s Erika Johnson for you. Her experience as a marketing manager with a consumer durables manufacturer helps her to see right through the marketing gimmicks, no matter what the product.
Erika has a keen eye for detail and an exceptional ability to translate product features into their actual value and benefits in the real world. So, if you want to buy the best on your budget, she is the voice of reason you should focus on.
9. Carla Wright
As a teen, Carla was the babysitting superstar and errand-runner extraordinaire of her block.
Today at 35, she is a successful therapist who attributes her foray into psychology to the insight into the human psyche that she gained while working and interacting with people of all ages. Carla has mastered the art of applying psychology to everyday problems, and she shares her master strokes with us through her articles.
10. Becca Champion
She spent a month in a monastery in India, learnt how to design websites, took her first few skiing lessons (and promises to keep going till she does not stop falling flat) and has taken a keen interest in Krav maga recently. So, what’s the big deal? She did all of that after her 64th birthday.
Give it up for the Champ in Da House- Becca! Who better to write about leading an independent and extraordinary life well into the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s than her? Lucky for us she took a creative writing course after her 55th birthday and has been churning out one delectable article after another since then.
Hello folks, I am Uma, the creator of tipsforfamilies.com.
I am often asked why I write about age groups that are nowhere close to my own. The answer is simple because I spend more time with my children and my grandparents than I do with myself or even my partner.
And I enjoy every minute of it! I am mom to 3 kids in the 6-12 year age group and my grandparents live next door, so it’s almost as good as having them live with me. Yes, it is often harrowing to juggle between the needs of kids and seniors, given their strikingly contrasting requirements.
But it is also the most fulfilling and enriching experience of life. One that allows you to reconnect with the sense of wonderment that only children possess and provides ready access to the wisdom that only decades of living can bring.
I admit that the first few years were hard. But today, I have the homestead in order mostly and I can honestly say that I am well prepared to handle most issues that come with a multi-generational living arrangement.
When I started this website, my primary aim was to share with others everything that I had learnt and that which I continue to discover. Fortunately, for me I was able to forge ties with many writers and guest contributors who bring along their own treasure trove of experiences and life lesson.
So, on this site, you will find information on almost everything about senior living, child care, raising kids and more. I hope that you enjoy the articles and that they help you to make the best decisions for your family.
Before I sign off, I want to extend a very warm welcome to you from all of us here at tipsforfamilies.com!