Field Guide to Plugged-In Parenting, Even If You Were Raised by Wolves

By Terri Fedonczak



Regardless of circumstances, many parents want to raise their children differently than they were raised. Fedonczak, who specializes in parent and teen coaching, grew up in a household where drama reigned supreme, leaving little room for positive parenting, so she ended up parenting herself and vowed to raise her own children differently. These experiences led to Plugged-In Parenting, The book describes the plan Fedonczak developed to create amazing kids based on a family values-focused system using long-term goals as the guiding force to making short-term decisions. Her definition of family values is based upon treating others with kindness and respect, being goofy with your kids and consistently applying discipline without anger.


With 22 years of parenting experience and a certified life coach specializing in parent and teen coaching, Terri Fedonczak wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good.  On a trip to South Africa, Fedonczak witnessed the power of lionesses as they supported each other within the pride; it was a lightning bolt of realization, leading her on a mission to bring the power of the pride to girls and their parents.

After 16 years as a commercial real estate agent, a bout with breast cancer transformed Fedonczak’s life in 2010, making her realize that time with her four girls and patient husband was a much better deal than money and status. It was time to put her mission into action. She left sales and embarked on a journey of spreading the message of girl power for good.

Today, Fedonczak takes the girl power message into schools, talking to 9th grade girls about how to thrive in the wilds of high school. When she’s not writing books, speaking, coaching or blogging, you can find her paddle boarding on the sparkling waters of Boggy Bayou, knitting to the consternation of her children, who are buried in scarves and hats, or dancing in her kitchen to Motown.


“I specialize in solidifying mother/daughter relationships from toddlers to teens,” says Fedonczak. “My brand is Girl Power for Good. My version of Girl Power is based upon lioness power. On a trip to South Africa, I saw how the lionesses worked together and played together, which reminded me of how human female interaction would benefit from a similar focus. I am the slightly nutty Field Guide to help girls of all ages discover their own Pride, both as support group and as an appreciation of their inner gifts, so they can bring more meaning into their lives. When they can focus on something bigger than themselves, they can let the Mean Girl Syndrome die a timely death.”


Plugged-In Parenting breaks down the following:

  • Basic building blocks for your parenting plan
  • The 3 “R’s” – Respect for self, Respect for others, Responsibility for your actions
  • Parenting during periods of flux and mastering change
  • Leading by example
  • Self-care for the parent and the child
  • Parenting Tweens and Teens and writing your own plan

In a compelling interview, Fedonczak will detail the following:

  • How a cancer diagnosis changed her outlook on life
  • Why being a ‘plugged-in’ parent is so important
  • Creating a happy home
  • The difference between connection and competition
  • How to raise your children and lead them away from bullying


Field Guide to Plugged-In Parenting, Even If You Were Raised by Wolves is available for purchase at

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