WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
Raising children through a difficult divorce presented both challenges and opportunities, and I learned that a positive attitude can pave the path for resiliency. To counterbalance much of the negativity, I was determined to approach each conflict or struggle with my children as an opportunity to teach and lead them through a difficult time in their lives. As a parent consultant for Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and the Early Childhood Resource Center and working privately with families, I’m able to share what I’ve learned through some of my own experiences, as well as the latest research in behavior and brain development.
Parents easily can learn new, simple, effective tools that improve behavior, for immediate, dramatic, positive results that directly impact their entire family.
WHAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
I’m looking forward to traveling to Italy with my mother, Bonnie, to visit my daughter, Eliza, who will be studying international law in Milan. Three generations touring Italy always has been on my bucket list. I hope to travel with my husband, Robert, to see more of our beautiful country, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my grown children as they begin their own young families. Professionally, I look forward to publishing my next book.
WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND?
I’m very concerned with the level of poverty and its direct effect on children’s social and academic functioning. I’m also extremely concerned with children’s continuous exposure to violent video games and mature television programming, which has a dramatic impact on their behavior. It is encouraging, however, to hear from more and more parents from all socioeconomic paths who are choosing to become more informed about their children’s development, and are actively seeking information on best practice and current research. Writing for publications, including Family Matters for The Repository, Ohio Family magazine and Life’s Journey magazine, gives me the opportunity to reach many parents who are seeking answers. It is very rewarding to be able to provide positive alternatives to endless yelling and ineffective punishment. I’m also able to connect with families through school presentations, book clubs for my book, “Parenting with a Purpose,” and at “parenting parties,” offering behavioral strategies for groups of friends who gather to discuss daily parenting concerns. I’m so grateful for the many challenges throughout my own life’s journey, which have taught me compassion, patience, empathy and gratitude, and have connected me with parents in all walks of life.
Who: Diana R. Boggia, M.Ed.
What: Parent consultant, author, columnist, mother of three
Education: Master’s degree in education, multiple disabilities and behavior remediation