Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE DO YOU LIVE AND HOW OLD ARE YOUR KIDS?
We live with our families on a 24-acre farm just outside Portland, Oregon called Working Theory Farm. We are both mothers to two kids (ages 2, 3, 4 and 5!). Hannah’s kids are Roy Imogen and Lazlo Pau - Kelty’s kids are Wilder JoAnne and Inigo Joshua. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with.
WHAT THE HECK IS A PODCAST AND HOW DO I LISTEN?
The Upbringing podcast is basically our own personal radio show that you can tune into on demand. All you need is a computer or phone to stream our episodes. Some prefer to listen through our website PODCAST PAGE and others prefer to use their phone to subscribe to our station through an application like Apple’s Itunes Podcasts. Just open your favorite listening app and search for “Upbringing”, then click “subscribe”. If you find any of this difficult, enlist the help of a friendly younger person or google search. Visit our RESOURCES PAGE to browse some of the podcasts we listen to!
WHAT RELEVANT CERTIFICATIONS / TRAININGS DO YOU POSSESS?
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator (CPDPE) through the Positive Discipline Association
Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach (SPFLC)
Completed RIE Foundations Theory & Observation Intensive Training at Los Angeles’s RIE center under the mentorship of RuthAnne Hammond
Introduction to M.E.T.A. and Hakomi - Mindful and Experiential Skills for Helping Professionals
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-Week Program
WHAT WAS YOUR LINE OF WORK BEFORE YOU BEGAN UPBRINGING?
After college at Stanford, Hannah taught Spanish + English and eventually worked in a research lab at OHSU, coordinating and conducting neuropsych testing and FMRIs. Kelty worked in web design and branding, eventually beginning her own photography business. Throughout early motherhood and for several years before, we worked in tandem as The Weaver House, shooting portraits, spaces, events and products as well as designing websites and print materials for artists and makers. Though parenting and Upbringing have become our main focus, we love diving back in together on passion projects for friends and artists in our circle. Our cameras have become a magical way to connect with other parents and experiences outside our own. We know we’ll be road tripping for fun photo adventures until we’re old and gray.
CAN I HIRE YOU FOR PRIVATE COACHING?
We are currently accepting a small group of coaching clients. Please reach out for details! And in the meantime, we would love you to contribute content to our Dear Upbringing Happy Hour videos -- submit your latest WTF moments or chronic parenting struggles through our CONTACT page, email or Instagram DM. We look forward to connecting, commiserating and reflecting!
WHAT DO YOUR HUSBANDS DO?
Hannah’s husband Alex is a filmmaker and motion graphics artist. He creates videos for small businesses as Quimby and just launched Elements of Film, where he sells his film kits to aspiring filmmakers. Alex is also the techie renaissance man who makes us sound legit. He edits and produces our podcast, composes our theme music and ditties, shoots and animates video content and keeps us chuckling through it all. Kelty’s husband Justin runs Working Theory Farm, an organic meat and vegetable non-profit farm - also known as our home. Other than keeping us full of smoothies and salads, he has sold to local co-ops, grocery stores, Portland restaurants and has just partnered with The Food Bank to grow for them.
WHO DOES YOUR ART/PHOTOGRAPHY?
Amber Okamura is our visual interpreter and magic-maker -- the colorful thread that weaves throughout Upbringing. An artist, mother, and kindred spirit, Amber illustrates all of our podcast and website visuals and will continue designing for Upbringing’s videos and print goods. When she isn’t creating beautiful art she can be found spending time with her daughter Juniper, sketching in her notebook or as a Lead Project Manager for Art Content in the Bay Area.
Mary Schroeder of Making Type designs the type for past Features episodes of our podcast and print materials for the shop. She is a pixel, image, type, and pottery master, always learning new arts, inspiring us and creating beautiful things. Learn more about Mary at www.makingtype.com
Shola Lawson snaps photos of us out and about for promotion and just plain old fashioned fun. We knew she was a gem when we became friends almost 30 years ago. Shola somehow manages to convince us to do crazy things like climb 50 foot high hay stacks or run laps in the rain at the bottom of a half pipe. She’s magic. Follow her adventures on Instagram @shotbyshola.
DO YOU HOST WORKSHOPS ONLINE OR IN PERSON?
Yes. Keep an eye out on Instagram for updates on future talks in Portland, OR and beyond. Let us know if you are game in joining (or hosting) through our CONTACT page, email or Instagram DM and we will keep you posted. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop!
CAN I NOMINATE AN INTERVIEWEE OR SHARE A FAVE BOOK TITLE WITH YOU GALS?
YES! We would be so grateful for your insights, referrals and connections. Get in touch to let us know what or who has been lighting your hair on fire lately.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR GO-TO PARENTING BOOKS?
Visit our RESOURCES page or see a handful below:
Unconditional Parenting - Alfie Kohn
The Good News About Bad Behavior - Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Simplicity Parenting - Kim John Payne
The Whole Brain Child - Daniel Siegel + Tina Payne Bryson
No Drama Discipline - Daniel Siegel + Tina Payne Bryson
Self-Reg - Stuart Shanker
Elevating Childcare - Janet Lansbury
No Bad Kids - Janet Lansbury
It’s Not About The Broccoli - Dina Rose
Baby Knows Best - Deborah Carlisle Solomon
Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids - Laura Markham
The Awakened Family - Shefali Tsabary
How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen - Joanna Faber + Julie King
The No-Cry Sleep Solution - Elizabeth Pantley
How to Raise an Adult - Julie Lytcott-Haims
CONTACT US WITH YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS AND CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK!