Empowered Parents Empowering Kids - with Author Mary Dravis-Parrish

Positively Powered with Amy Collette, Featuring "Parent Whisperer" Mary Dravis-Parrish


Author of Empowered Parents Empowering Kids, Mary brings her experience as a mother, stepmother and  two decades as a special needs educator to her work as "The Parent Whisperer." Mary uses a positive approach to help family members thrive, and is a big believer in the power of gratitude as a catalyst for family relationships. She believes that regardless of the structure of a family, whether kids are raised by traditional parents, single parents, grandparents, or same gender parents, families can thrive, be happy and successful in today's world.

When I first talked to Mary, she talked about the three questions to ask yourself to help you listen to your inner wisdom and find the positive in a challenging or stressful situation. The questions help you open up to more possibilities than you can see when you are stuck or upset. She shares those gifts and her unique perspective on gratitude in this memorable interview. You'll come away with tools that you can start using today, whether you are a parent or not.

Listen to the interview:


  • Living up to someone else's expectations contracts you and doesn't allow you to experience the greatness of who you are
  • What the world is asking of all of us is to step into our own greatness
  • When we show up that way, it helps our kids show up that way too 

On Gratitude

  • How to find the gift of gratitude through tragedy and grief
  • Get started with gratitude with giving thanks for three things every night and every morning - and don't forget yourself
  • When in gratitude, it's hard to judge a person or situation

On Empowerment

  • The three questions you can ask about any thought, feeling or emotion you have 
  • These questions help open your mind to the possibilities that you could not imagine

On her book, Empowered Parents Empowering Kids:

  • Discover how to fill your "backpack" with tools to use on the adventure of parenting
  • The book contains all the tools that you can play with to help your family 
  • Mary provides support for those who find the book is a launching pad for empowering themselves and their kids