Thanks for being with us! Here are more details about what you will find on this website plus further information on who runs Power of Families.
On this website, you will find:
- POSTS: Uplifting articles offering concrete ideas and real-life examples; articles are organized into three categories: building relationships, teaching values, and establishing systems
- PODCAST: Power of Families Radio offers friendly and idea-packed weekly podcast episodes
- TRAINING: Live and recorded online events that offer concrete training and support as well as in-person retreats where parents gather to share ideas and learn how to set up strong and sustainable systems in their families
- ANSWERS: A “Question of the Week” as well as a Facebook community where you can share your questions and ideas
- PROGRAMS (eCourses, etc.) to help you be the parent you really want to be. Check out what we have to offer here.
Who runs Power of Families?
The Power of Families is run by Saren Eyre Loosli with some help from her tech-savvy husband Jared and a whole lot of great authors who contribute their writing. Here’s Saren and Jared with their five children:
Before starting her parenting journey, Saren earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University and had the opportunity to do humanitarian and missionary work in Eastern Europe (setting up volunteer programs in orphanages there), participate in humanitarian service trips in Africa and Bolivia, co-direct national Make a Difference Day efforts for the Points of Light Foundation in Washington D.C., write materials for the Harvard Family Research Project, design and run enrichment programs in schools in Boston, develop teacher training and curriculum for schools and preschools, and design and conduct trainings for educators throughout the United States for the Corporation for National Service.
While she had 5 young children, Saren felt the need to connect and share ideas with other moms so she used naptimes and school time (and sometimes late night hours…) to help co-found and co-direct the website Power of Moms that grew to a viewership of over 2 million mothers. She also co-authored two anthologies (Motherhood Realized and Deliberate Motherhood), conducted webinars reaching thousands of mothers, and co-directed the online Mom Conference for two years. Then five years ago, Saren founded a new organization called Power of Families that offers support and resources for both moms AND dads. Saren has designed and presented training events/retreats for moms and for couples across the United States and in Australia (often bringing one of her children or her whole family along to help with the event and enjoy a special trip).
Saren’s children now range in age from 15 to 20 and she is still figuring out how to parent teens while entering the uncharted waters of parenting adult children. She loves hiking in every kind of weather, devours audio books and podcasts, and travels with her family every chance she gets.
Saren grew up as the oldest child of Richard and Linda Eyre, NYT #1 Bestselling Authors of parenting books. A lot of her ideas and experience come from her wild and wonderful experiences growing up and she continues to learn and grow through observing and interacting with her large family and her husband’s large family (he has 8 siblings as well!).
Here’s Saren with her extended family on the Eyre side:
Here’s a word from Saren:
After finishing my schooling and spending some time focused on humanitarian service in various parts of the world, I spent years creating programs for children as well as training manuals and professional development conferences for educators.
Then I found my wonderful husband, Jared, and after having five children in quick succession, I turned my focus towards raising my family and my most important work began! I quickly realized how HARD motherhood and wife-hood was – even for me, a Harvard-trained “expert” in education and families and the daughter of NYTimes #1 best-selling authors of parenting books! (My parents are Richard and Linda Eyre and they are truly amazing parents as well as excellent writers and speakers.)
I found myself wishing for the sort of training that I’d spent years designing for educators. I longed for a conference or training manual that could help me become the mom and wife I really wanted to be and for some way to connect with and learn from other parents.
I found play groups and plenty of books and gleaned great ideas from my wonderful parents and other relatives and I found a hodge-podge of mothering and parenting material online.
But I couldn’t find anything that was designed to help me really develop myself as a mom and as a woman during this stage of life or that offered much as far as pro-active parenting and family-building ideas.
I talked to other moms who also felt this lack. And I saw how parents had flocked to my parents’ books and knew the interest in pro-active parenting was there. So I decided to use my background in training and development to put together “professional development” conferences where moms (and eventually, dads too) could get together and really learn from each other.
After putting on a couple very successful motherhood retreats, I had the wonderful good fortune to meet April Perry who had launched her own little website with a purpose that mirrored mine. When we realized that our goals and abilities made a great match, we decided to merge our efforts and “Power of Moms” was born.
Ten years later, Power of Moms had bloomed into a very successful website visited by over a million moms and April and I decided that it was time to expand our reach. I now run Power of Families while April continues to focus specifically on moms at Power of Moms.
To read more about my story, click here: Big Things Are Made Out of Little Things.
Thank you for being here and for all you are doing to make the world a better place by striving to raise values-driven children who will help determine our future.
The very fact that you are reading this right now means that you are a purposeful parent with a great love for your family and a deep desire to help your children fulfill their potential.
I hope that you will find the ideas and inspiration you want and need here at Power of Families and that you will add your voice to this community.