Smarter Parenting exists to heal and elevate lives using the proven methods of the Teaching-family Model

Smarter Parenting is funded by the generosity of donations. These donations allow Smarter Parenting to remain free. You can make a difference in the lives to children and families by making a donation so we can continue our work.

We have been privileged to make connections with various agencies and entities also working with children and families. These have included: Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), PM Pediatrics, Physicians around the Salt Lake Valley, Refugees communities in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Department of Health Disparities in Utah, School Districts in Utah as well guest bloggers and writers from around the country. Smarter Parenting has provided online help to people all over the world as well as visiting places and families face-to-face to teach these skills.

Eric Bjorklund

Eric Bjorklund

Creator of Smarter Parenting

Eric is the CEO of the Utah Youth Village. Smarter Parenting is a division of the Utah Youth Village. The Utah Youth Village has worked with children and families for more than 40 years with great success. While helping children and families in the child welfare system, Eric realized there was a way to help more families in need by reaching out them online. He created the idea to make a video based website to do this. His desire to help families around the world lead to the creation of Smarter Parenting. Eric continues to work tirelessly to reach out to those in need.

Eric is a father and grandfather and enjoys spending time with his family.

Siope Kinikini

Siope Kinikini

Director of Smarter Parenting

Siope is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with children and families for over 17 years. Siope’s work has involved working with clients from many different cultural backgrounds. Fluent in English, Spanish, Tongan and American Sign Language, he has been able to help various families improve relationships and address issues. Siope’s initial work was with children suffering from trauma and sexual abuse.

Siope is a father and enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys music and plays various instruments. He also enjoys photography and learning about technology.

Amy Lund

Amy Lund

Associate Director of Smarter Parenting

Amy is a gifted graphic artist. Amy is well read having worked in the publishing industry for years where she edited documents and created graphics. Amy is educated in the Teaching-family Model and is using it as a foster parent for three young children with varying degrees of challenges. Amy’s talented approach to presentation, online education, keyword research and internet trends has made her an invaluable member of the Smarter Parenting team.

Amy is the mother of three children who keep her busy. She also enjoys photography and expressing herself in creative ways which in include interior design.

Rob Bjorklund

Rob Bjorklund

Videographer, Designer, Editor

Robbie is a professional photographer and videographer. Robbie is also an animator and well versed in the areas of creating video content from writing scripts, editing, lighting, sound, filming, editing and producing the final project. All the videos on the Smarter Parenting website have been filmed or edited by Robbie. He also provides support for the Utah Youth Village for their audiovisual needs in addition to his responsibilities with Smarter Parenting.

Robbie is the father of two daughters. He enjoys skiing and the outdoors and is always open to trying new things.

Emily Tjomsland

Emily Tjomsland

Graphic Artist, Illustrator

Emily provides the art and content for the videos on Smarter Parenting. She helps with the animation and provides input in the creative process behind what is needed to convey the content related to lessons and videos. Emily also does commissioned work in her free time.

Emily is the mother of two boys that keep her busy. She and her family are currently residing on the East Coast of the United States while her husband finishes a graduate degree.

Erin Yates

Erin Yates

Writer, Blogger

Erin is a former child welfare worker with experience working with families in distress. Her work included teaching skills to families that would keep children from being removed from their parents. Erin also supervised other home-based providers. Erin has been certified by the Teaching-family Model multiple times. Erin currently submits blog posts to Smarter Parenting showing how the Teaching-family Model can be used in varying situations.

Erin is a mother of two children who she adores. She submits articles and answers questions in the blog section.

Megan Harr

Megan Harr

Blogger, Writer

Megan is a former English teacher who now focuses on being a mother to her two young boys. Megan enjoys being a part of their lives and cherishes every moment she has with them as they grow. Megan enjoys being creative as well and manages a blog where she writes about her adventures. On her blog she also shares her thoughts, arts and crafts, recipes and so much more.

Megan is the mother of two boys and she lives outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ruth Kongaika

Ruth Kongaika

Blogger, Writer

Ruth has traveled and lived around the world. She and her husband raised their four children in a third-world country amid a very different culture. Her life experiences give her a unique perspective on the cultural differences facing parents and families. She is an artist and enjoys painting and creating crafts. She teaches English in her spare time. She and her husband are retired. Ruth currently spends her time teaching, creating art, gardening, and genealogy.

She is a mother and grandmother and enjoys spending time with them.

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We use the Teaching-family Model

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