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By | November 20, 2015

Marguerite Kelly, columnist and author, has given thoughtful, practical parenting advice for 26 years, but as a parent, not an expert.

Little girl in rain by Katy KellyMarguerite Kelly published her first parenting advice in 1975, when she co-authored The Mother’s Almanac, still billed by Doubleday as “the most complete book ever written about loving and living with small children.” Since then this much-imitated ‘bible’ for parents, revised by Marguerite in 1992, has sold more than 800,000 copies, been quoted on everything from Hollywood Squares to Sleepyime Tea, been a Book of the Month selection and the recipient of the prestigious Parents’ Choice award. In 1989, Marguerite published The Mother’s Almanac II about children from 6 to 12, which Doubleday now calls The Mother’s Almanac Goes to School. Illustrated by her daughter, Katy Kelly, it is at least as comprehensive as its predecessor, was also a Book of the Month selection and a Parents’ Choice winner and has 92,000 copies in print. Her third book, Marguerite Kelly’s Family Almanac, also illustrated by Katy Kelly, is a 608-page compilation of columns, essays and mother’s wisdom, which was published by Simon and Schuster in 1994 and called “a classic in its own right” by the Library Journal. Marguerite is now writing Where Do We Go From Here? for Tarcher/Putnam, to help parents identify the physical or psychological causes of their child’s behavior problems and the best ways to correct them.Click here to learn more about Marguerite’s books and how to purchase them on-line.

Marguerite has also written her nationally syndicated column “The Family Almanac” in The Washington Post since 1979. To see those columns, click here.

In addition, Marguerite has written two columns for Family Life magazine, contributed to an advice column in Woman’s Day and written for the New York Times Magazine, Family Circle, Parents, Harper’s Bazaar, Ladies Home Journal, Traditional Home, the Weekly Standard and other publications.

Click here to see two examples of her award-winning column and “A Mother’s Prayer” as it appeared in The Mother’s Almanac Goes to School

She has also appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, including Good Morning America, CBS Morning, CNN, NPR, and Lifetime, has promoted parenting concepts (but not products) for Minute Maid, MCI and Disney Babies and lectures extensively.

In addition, Marguerite served on the boards of a settlement house and of the D.C. Public Library for many years, founded the Literary Friends of the D.C. Public Library and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

She and her husband, author and journalist Tom Kelly, live on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the block where he was born and their four children grew up. All are married now and have children of their own. Katy, the mother of two daughters, is a senior editor of US News and World Report and the author of Lucy Rose: Here’s the Thing About Me; Meg, the mother of a daughter and a son, lives in Suffern, N.Y. and is an two-time Emmy-winning writer and Nell, who also has two young sons, lives in Darien, Conn., and teaches kindergarten at a charter school in Norwalk. Their son Michael, a father of two small boys–an author, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, editorial advisor of the National Journal and editor-at-large of the Atlantic Monthly–was an embedded reporter in Iraq, when he was killed while trying to escape enemy fire. Michael’s first book was Martyrs’ Day: Chronicle of a Small War. His second book, published posthumously is called Things Worth Fighting For, a collection of some of his best writing.

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