Deborah Farmer Kris is a child development expert, a columnist for PBS KIDS for Parents, and an education journalist for MindShift, an NPR learning blog. She is also the founder of Parenthood365, a vibrant child development resource for parents and educators.

Deborah’s work is grounded in the two decades she spent as a K-12 teacher and administrator. She has a B.A. from Boston University in English, a B.S. from Boston University in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education from Rutgers University, 2009 for Counseling Psychology. Since 1998, she has also served as an associate scholar at the Boston University Center for Character and Social Responsibility, offering professional development to educators nationwide. Her writing has been featured several times in The Washington Post; she is the co-author of the book Building Character in Schools: A Resource Guide; and she is the author of a forthcoming picture book series All the Time, which includes I Love You All the Time, You Wonder All the Time, You Have Feelings All the Time, You Are Growing All the Time, from Free Spirit Publishing, available 2022. 

Deborah is a popular speaker, and has offered workshops to thousands of parents and educators around the country. She has written hundreds of parenting articles for publications including PBS KIDS for Parents, The Washington Post, NPR’s MindShift, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Intrepid Ed News.

Deborah and her husband have two kids and one dog, named Cupid. Her children love to test every theory she’s ever had about child development. She loves sharing sensible and practical wisdom that can help kids and families thrive — including her own.

About the All the Time Series

I Love You All the Time by Deborah Farmer Kris and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. The first in her children’s book series is written to reassure children they are loved and lovable no matter the ups and downs of the day with words of affirmation for kids. This book emphasizes  the power of consistent love from caregivers to help children develop confidence, resilience, and emotional agility. Parents and teachers want strategies for helping preschoolers manage their emotions. But to effectively teach emotional self-regulation strategies, children first need to know they are safe and loved—all the time. Even when they lose their temper, even when they stay up too late, or lose their shoes, or yell at their friend. The steady love of a caregiver can help children thrive, even when life is challenging. Written from the perspective of a caring adult speaking to a child, I Love You All the Time strengthens relationships by addressing the common childhood fear: Am I loved all the time? Its charming rhyme, words of affirmation for kids, and heartwarming message make the book perfect for storytime, home, the preschool classroom, and whenever children need a reminder that they’re loved. Available February 2022

You Have Feelings All the Time by Deborah Farmer Kris and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. This lovely picture books helps to show young children that emotions are a healthy, normal part of life. Some of those feelings are big and some are quiet. Some feel good and others can feel uncomfortable—and that’s okay. Written from the perspective of a caring adult speaking to a child, this charming book helps young children build an emotional vocabulary. You Have Feelings All the Time is an affirming and supportive book and helps preschoolers develop emotional literacy by naming and normalizing emotions. Available February 2022 

You Wonder All the Time by Author Deborah Farmer Kris, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. This affirming book celebrates the curiosity and thought-provoking questions children ask. “Where do colors go at night, and why do shadows creep?” You Wonder All the Time celebrates the curiosity and thought-provoking questions children ask and supports them as they continue to learn. “Will you stay curious as you grow? It’s a brilliant part of you!” Asking questions is an important part of learning that helps children grow and understand the world. Inspired by and containing questions from real kids, You Wonder All the Time explores and affirms all the questions children ask. The book features a series of engaging, playful, and curious what, when, where, why, and how questions from the child to the adult. “What if we rode a T-Rex and shook the forest floor?” Its charming rhyme and heartwarming message that children’s many questions are welcomed and their wondering is loved make the book perfect for storytime, home, and the preschool classroom. Available July 2022

You Are Growing All the Time – Author Deborah Farmer Kris, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin. Available 2022

TALKING POINTS

  • I Love You All the Time: Tips to Build Lasting Connections with Your Kids
  • You Have Feelings All the Time: Ways to Build Kids’ Emotional Literacy
  • You Wonder All the Time: Strategies for Raising Creative, Curious Kids
  • You Are Growing All the Time: Ways to Foster Kids’ Courage and Confidence
  • Room For Everyone: Tips to Help Kids Develop Kindness & Empathy
  • The Superhero Solution and Other Strategies for Helping Kids Develop Responsibility 
  • For Parents of Tweens and Teens: 10 Things Every Kid Should Know About Learning and the Brain
  • Making the Best of Stress: Ways to Help Children Build Resilience in the Face of Challenges
  • How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness
  • The Gratitude Solution: What Parents Can Learn from the Science of Thankfulness
  • How children adapt to a post-Covid world. Processing anxiety, grief and to help them build social skill

PRAISE FOR ALL THE TIME SERIES

I Love You All the Time helps parents and caregivers communicate the one message children most need to hear: that they are loved unconditionally. Playful rhymes, engaging illustrations, and a wise ‘Letter to Caregivers’ make this book a gift to children and adults alike. I could not recommend it more.” – Lisa Damour, Ph.D., author of Untangled and Under Pressure, NYTimes columnist and host of the podcast Ask Lisa: The Psychology of Parenting

Advanced praise for You Have Feelings All the Time, “How do we help children make sense of their feelings? In this charming read-aloud, Deborah Farmer Kris deftly reassures children and caregivers that all emotions are a normal, healthy part of life—and reminds us to approach our feelings with curiosity and compassion. What a gift!” – Dr. Susan David, author of Emotional Agility