ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Parenting is the place where we grow ourselves up, too. By making sense of our emotions and peace with our stories, we actually embark on the great final frontier to our own development and growth. It’s the most daring, daunting, thrilling work we’ll ever do. It’s our privilege. Our pilgrimage. Our legacy. And our greatest gift to our children.
Lu Hanessian, MSc, is an award-winning writer, international educator, former NBC anchor/host (Real Life; Unsolved Mysteries) and Discovery Health Channel host of Make Room for Baby, science journalist, and sought-after speaker on emotional wellbeing, mindfulness, mindful communication, family systems, attachment, trauma, healing, mindfulness and emotional Intelligence. For five years, she hosted The Science Show, syndicated in 110 countries.
Her acclaimed Let the Baby Drive (2004, St. Martin's Press, NYC) has been called a "must-read for new mothers" (Child magazine). Her bestselling children’s book, Picnic on a Cloud (2011) is an illustrated story about what happens when imagination and connection join forces. In 2014, she adapted the book into a family musical called FUEL UP!, a story of positivity and wonder in action, and performed it live in an outdoor venue to hundreds of families.
Her book The Garden: A Parenting Parable (2013) is a beautifully illustrated story about raising children to thrive by tending to them as we would tend to a garden, growing strong roots. She is currently working on two books about the science and practice of mindfulness and the science of connection, healing trauma and resilience.
Lu's essays and articles have been published in The New York Times, Mothering, Parenting, Child, Fit Pregnancy and Redbook. She has been a guest on CNN, NPR, FOX News, MSNBC, Life & Style, and the Today Show.
She writes an award-winning newspaper column called Driving Lessons, as well as monthly "THRIVE" cover stories on family, relationships and education, for The Courier Post (Gannett News) a Philadelphia-area newspaper.
For more than ten years, Lu has keynoted, lectured and led dynamic workshops across the country for parents, helping professionals, teachers, and families. In 2010, she founded Parent2ParentU.com, a science-based parent education series including live and online interactive workshops and self-study courses.
Her mission is to inspire, educate and empower parents to “know & grow themselves through parenthood” in order to cultivate connection, emotional security, empathy, healing, resilience and joy in ourselves and our children. This mission draws from a robust body of attachment science, cognitive and affective neuroscience, motivation and learning research, family systems and developmental psychology.
Over the past two decades, her area of interest and study has focused on the science of attachment, family systems, trauma, stress responses and their effects on our emotional and physical health and relationships, the nature of conflict in relationship and how to expand our own capacity for change, growth and flourishing. All of which fuel her ongoing independent research, interviews, writings, and work with parents. Lu studied Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Dr. Daniel Siegel, Mindsight Institute, UCLA, 2010-11.
In 2011, Lu curated and moderated a global online event on secure attachment and emotional wellbeing for PBS's series This Emotional Life, featuring Dr. Dan Siegel and a panel of colleagues and experts on attachment through the lifespan.
In Spring 2009, Lu founded and launched WYSH Wear Your Spirit for Humanity, a socially conscious brand of inspirational apparel, books, and WYSH Studio, offering workshops, events and gatherings for all ages. The WYSH mission is to help us explore who we are through powerful messages to spark a shift in how we see each other and ourselves. Lu opened the first flagship WYSH Studio space in November 2012 in South Jersey, and recently received a Best of South Jersey 2013 award. WYSH donates a portion of profits to organizations that help children and families thrive.
Lu is the founder of an initiative called Raising the Future Now, featuring expert interviews, articles and resources on raising healthy children by growing strong families.
Lu is passionate about creating multi-media programs, books, and other resources for parents and children that help to "inspire, empower and support us to lessen stress, know our stories, repair our breaks, and restore the heart of connection so that we can cultivate the emotional resilience, empathy, creativity, presence and joy in our families that we all need to thrive."
Lu is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in Montreal, Canada where she began her careers in writing and television. She is a graduate of McGill University, with an additional diploma in Health Sciences from John Abbott College. Lu is an accomplished pianist, singer and songwriter, educated in classical piano at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and jazz piano at Eastman School of Music. After the birth of her two sons, she penned and recorded a CD of “lullabies for moms” called The Gift of Love: Songs for a Mother’s Journey.