Barbara Unell

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A devoted mother and adoring grandmother, Barbara has been an author, publisher, educator and social entrepreneur for the past 35 years, passionately translating behavioral, social and neuroscience research into practical pathways leading to the greater good in health, learning and behavior. To that end, she has authored 15 books, including  Discipline Without Shouting or Spanking, which has sold over a million copies worldwide; Getting Your Child from No to Yes; How to Discipline Your Six to Twelve Year Old Without Losing Your Mind; 20 Teachable Virtues; The 8 Seasons of Parenthood; and Discipline with Love and Limits, all with Jerry Wyckoff, Ph.D. She has also been a columnist for The Kansas City Star; writer/host of the nationally syndicated radio feature, “Kid’s Stuff”; community partner of “The Baby Buffer” online parenting project of the Kansas chapter of The American Academy of Pediatrics; and, with her husband, Bob, co-founder and editor of national and regional magazines and newsletters, including TWINS Magazine, Caring Parent, and Kansas City Parent.

A proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Barbara has appeared on numerous national and local radio and television programs cheerleading for the mission of her books, as well as the national and regional character education and social-emotional health programs she co-founded, including: “Kindness is Contagious…Catch It!”; the award-winning “Sunflower Ambassador” program; and “Uncle Dan’s Report Card”. In 2000, she founded the national nonprofit organization, Back in the Swing, which launched the first clinical breast cancer survivorship center in the United States at the University of Kansas Cancer Center in 2006. She and Judith Fertig co-authored the IACP award-winning lifestyle cookbook, The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day after Breast Cancer, in 2012.

In 2016, together with Bob Unell and Dr. Wyckoff, Barbara co-founded the national nonprofit organization, The Raised with Love and Limits Foundation, focusing on filling the gap in the parenting education of nurses, pediatricians, teachers and social workers who work to improve and protect the mental, physical and emotional health of children every day. As a contributor to the new national movement of healthy parenting in primary care, the Foundation is on the front line in the prevention of toxic stress in children and supporting caring, protective adults with the 2019 launch of the innovative clinic-delivered, parent skill-building tool kit, Behavior Checker; the new completely revised edition of Discipline with Love and Limits; the companion, groundbreaking online education course, Parenting is Healthcare; and BehaviorChecker.org.

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  1. Sapna Punjabi Gupta, MS, RDN, LD

  2. Lauren Stauble

  3. Alyssa Campbell

  4. Sonya Sanford

  5. Michele Song

  6. Judi Leib

  7. Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

  8. Crystal Wilkinson

  9. Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

  10. Pam Victor

  11. Frankie Gaw

  12. Katherine Martinelli

  13. Brian Noyes

  14. Lori Shaw

  15. Alejandra Schrader

  16. Matthew Raiford

  17. Amy Paige Condon

  18. Mark Bologna

  19. Julia Skinner, PhD

  20. Soom Sisters

  21. Jerry L. Wyckoff, Ph.D.

  22. Cynthia Graubart

  23. Angela Garbacz

  24. Haile Thomas

  25. Maria Hines

  26. Eventide Oyster Co.

  27. Bobbi Wegner

  28. Philia Kelnhofer

  29. Lauren Toyota

  30. Elizabeth Sims

  31. Laura Bashar

  32. Matthew Prescott

  33. Keith Pandolfi

  34. Todd Richards

  35. Shaye Elliott

  36. Erika Council

  37. Leah Segedie

  38. Stephanie Weaver

    Stephanie Weaver

  39. Irena Chalmers

    Irena Chalmers

  40. Derek and Chad Sarno

    Derek and Chad Sarno

  41. Norman Van Aken

    Norman Van Aken

  42. Ford Fry

    Ford Fry

  43. Sherrie Castellano

    Sherrie Castellano

  44. Maura Kilpatrick

    Maura Kilpatrick

  45. William Woys Weaver

    William Woys Weaver

  46. Rick Woodford

    Rick Woodford

  47. Anne Willan

    Anne Willan

  48. Dan Whalen

  49. Jeff Weiss

  50. Katie Webster

    Katie Webster

  51. Sherri Brooks Vinton

    Sherri Brooks Vinton

  52. Andreas Viestad

    Andreas Viestad

  53. Barbara Unell

  54. Toni Tipton-Martin

    Toni Tipton-Martin

  55. Lauren Keiper Stein

    Lauren Keiper Stein

  56. Ana Sortun

    Ana Sortun

  57. Natalie Slater

  58. Miyoko Schinner

    Miyoko Schinner

  59. Jeanne Sauvage

    Jeanne Sauvage

  60. Yukari Sakamoto

    Yukari Sakamoto

  61. Matthew Rowley

    Matthew Rowley

  62. Betty Rosbottom

  63. Jennie Ripps & Maria Littlefield

  64. Lisa Boalt Richardson

  65. A.J. Rathbun

    A.J. Rathbun

  66. Anne Quatrano

    Anne Quatrano

  67. Neka Pasquale

    Neka Pasquale

  68. Kim O’Donnel

  69. Brittany Nickerson

    Brittany Nickerson

  70. June Naylor

  71. Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

  72. Irv Miller

    Irv Miller

  73. Jennifer McGruther

    Jennifer McGruther

  74. Patricia Pinner McAdams

  75. Evan Mallett

    Evan Mallett

  76. Perre Coleman Magness

    Perre Coleman Magness

  77. Yvonne Maffei

    Yvonne Maffei

  78. Ronni Lundy

    Ronni Lundy

  79. Cindy Littlefield

    Cindy Littlefield

  80. Phoebe Lapine

    Phoebe Lapine

  81. Allyson Kramer

    Allyson Kramer

  82. Steven Kolpan

  83. Jennifer Justus

    Jennifer Justus

  84. David Joachim

    David Joachim

  85. Lisa Howard

    Lisa Howard

  86. beth hillson

    Beth Hillson

  87. Kathy Hester

    Kathy Hester

  88. Bob & Mary Lou Heiss

    Bob & Mary Lou Heiss

  89. Chris & Idie Hastings

  90. Julie Hasson

    Julie Hasson

  91. Will Harris

    Will Harris

  92. Sandra A. Gutierrez

  93. Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn

    Meathead Goldwyn

  94. Lisa Fetterman

  95. Judith Fertig

    Judith Fertig

  96. Carol Fenster

    Carol Fenster

  97. Sandy D'Amato

    Sandy D’Amato

  98. Hannah Crum

    Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

  99. Fran Costigan

  100. Kelley Cleary Coffeen

    Kelley Coffeen

  101. Kristina Bucaram

    Kristina Bucaram

  102. Ashley Blom

  103. Stacie Billis

  104. Maria Baez Kijac

    Maria Baez Kijac

  105. Nava Atlas

    Nava Atlas

  106. Elizabeth Andoh

    Elizabeth Andoh

  107. Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND

  108. Karen Adler

    Karen Adler

  109. Debbie Adler

  110. Kevin Gillespie


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