LoveParent is ostensibly about being the parent you hope to be. However, I've learned from writing this book, and talking about it, that the message is just as much about parenting ourselves, not only while our children are still with us, but long after they have left the nest. The encouragement, support, guidance, and love we bring to them is the same encouragement, support, guidance and love we need to bring to ourselves. Let us not forget that whatever is good for the child is good for the adult. A Philadelphia native with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for several Philadelphia radio stations and as a commercial print model, appearing in television commercials in Philadelphia and New York. After moving to California, Betsy struggled and nearly became homeless. After she recognized her tendency to blame others for her problems, she become accountable and began to recover. She worked for the next eighteen years as an Executive Assistant to an entertainment executive in the film industry. Betsy retired in 2005 and is now writing full time.