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Lisa Cottrell-Bentley

Lisa is a mom of two and the founder of Do Life Right, Inc., an independent publishing company specializing in children’s books for and about realistic homeschoolers of today. Lisa is also the author of the Wright on Time series of children’s chapter books about an RV-living, roadschooling family who travels the USA.

How many children do you have?  I have two daughters: Zoë who is 14, and Teagan who is 10.

How did you come up with the idea for your company?  From my daughters! When my oldest was around seven, she was quite unhappy with all the school-centric, sibling-bashing, absent-parent, kid’s books she’d been reading, so I wrote her the “perfect” book series with a lot of her input. As a writer already, it was a logical step to turn this passion into a publishing company several years later! Today Do Life Right, Inc. has seven titles, with many more in the queue for publication.

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  “The days are long, but the years are short,” and “Pretend you are given 100 No’s you can say to your child on the day he is born. Dole them out wisely.” Between these two bits of advice, I’ve been able to really listen to my kids and help them make their dreams come true, all while sharing their lives with them and not having all the “issues” most parents have today.

How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise?  This one is easy! My children have lead me on this path, rather than the other way around. From the moment they were each born, they’ve been full of energy and inquisitive about everything. Through asking what she was putting in her mouth, my oldest choose to be vegetarian since birth. As she got older and I had health issues, we researched health together. We all became vegan (and extremely healthy) because of this decision.

Living in southern Arizona allows us to go outside nearly every day, year round. We also live on 10 quiet acres in the desert, and have made a 1/3-mile long private rock-lined walking path (by hand). We go on a lot of daily walk-and-talk strolls. My kids also enjoy playing physical Wii games together, and my younger daughter takes several ballet classes every week.

How do you recharge your batteries?  I either read a book (for pleasure, rather than “work”), take a long bath, or walk in my 30-foot, rock-lined labyrinth. I find this alone time to be very rejuvenating. I have to admit though that even more than being alone to recharge, I cherish my one-on-one time with each of my family members, and I carve time out for this nearly every day.

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