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Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

“The world is starving for great leaders and thoughtfully engaged citizens.” – Mark Musselman

e.Merging Educational Consulting exists to solve the challenge of raising thoughtful and engaged citizens.   It is in our DNA.  We wake up every day for kids, and with a driving sense that we must be the change we wish to see in the world.  We often ask ourselves, if not us, then who, and if not now, then when?  We believe that a great education, one in which everyone is committed to getting smarter every day by following the research and adapting best and next practices, has the power to shape our future.  In fact, it may be the only way to shape it.

Books We Love - Stock your library with e.Merging's favorite reads.

"Human beings have an innate inner drive to be autonomous, self-determined, and connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives."
- Daniel H. Pink

"Children are deeply curious about odd behaviors and seldom offended or worried by them. What a remarkable gift to bestow on another person, it occurs to me, and so difficult for adults to accomplish."
- Vivian Gussin Paley

Books We Love

The following books are the “Go To” books of e.Merging.  They are the books we keep coming back to again and again to fuel our passion for raising innovate, creative beings.  Laura’s approach to keynote speakingfacilitation and parent coaching  is based on cutting edge research and using the information in a way that empowers parents with a way forward.


Nurture Shock: A Whole New Way to Think about Children  by Ashley Merrimen

All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting  by Jennifer Senior

How to Raise an Adult:  Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success  by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Teenage Brain  by Frances Jensen

How Children Succeed  by Paul Tough

Mindset  by Carol Dwek


A Whole New Mind  by Daniel Pink

A More Beautiful Question  by Warren Berger


You Can’t Say You Can’t Play  by Vivian Paley

Overcoming Dyslexia  by Sally Shaywitz

TED Talks the Light a Fire - Hear from the people who inform our way of being.

"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued."
- Ken Robinson

TED Talks That Light a Fire


Do Schools Kill Creativity?  by Ken Robinson

How to Fix a Broken School  by Linda Cliatt-Wayman


How I learned How to Communicate My Inner Life  by Alix Generous

Every Kid Needs A Champion  by Rita Champion


For Parents, Happiness is a Very High Bar  by Jennifer Senior

Five Dangerous Things Parents Should Let Kids Do  by Gever Tulley

Articles that Inspire - Read articles from parenting and education experts.

Scientists at the University of California and elsewhere found that kids who plan their own time, set weekly goals, and evaluate their own work build up their prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain that help them exert greater cognitive control over their lives. By picking their own punishments, children become more internally driven to avoid them. By choosing their own rewards, children become more intrinsically motivated to achieve them. Let your kids take a greater role in raising themselves.