Wendy is the author of Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious and co-author of the forthcoming ParentShift: A Guide to Raising Children Without Timeouts, Reward Charts & Other Old-Fashioned Gimmicks (Fall 2018). A former newspaper reporter, she is the publisher of Brown Paper Press and writes an occasional parenting column for the PBS NewsHour.
In 2014, Russell founded a small publishing house with fellow author Jennifer M. Volland. The mission of Brown Paper Press is to engage readers on topics of contemporary culture through quality writing and thoughtful design. For more information on the press, head over to Brown Paper Press or visit them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Relax, It's Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You're Not Religious was released in March 2015 — four years after Russell began a blog of the same name. Reviewers, readers and even a few celebrities have said some nice things about the book, and she is exceptionally grateful to each and every one of them.
Russell writes a parenting column for the PBS NewsHour, where she has weighed in on a number of controversial issues — including the use of timeouts as a form of discipline and the use of behavioral charts in elementary-school classrooms. Several of her "Holiday Cheatsheets" also have appeared in the column. For a full list of parenting columns, click here.
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Wendy's daughter, Maxine, offered an alternative cover for Relax, It's Just God.