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Sarah S. MacLaughlin

Senior Writer, Parenting Resources

Sarah MacLaughlin is Senior Writer for the HealthySteps team. In this role she edits materials, creates content for parents and practitioners, and supports communication with our sites nationwide. She is a licensed social worker, parent educator, and author of the award-winning, bestselling book, What Not to Say: Tools for Talking with Young Children and the 2021 release Raising Humans With Heart: Not a How-To Manual. Ms. MacLaughlin has a degree in Women’s Studies, a background in early childhood education, and is a trained facilitator for multiple parenting curricula, including Circle of Security, Hand in Hand, and Positive Discipline. She has worked with children and families in a variety of educational, training, and support settings for over 25 years.

Ms. MacLaughlin’s previous roles include positions as Resource Family Coordinator and Director of Parenting Education, both at social service agencies in Southern Maine. She serves on the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children board (an affiliate of NAEYC) and is also mom to a teenager who gives her plenty of opportunities to take her own advice