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Meet Vanessa Van Petten

My name is Vanessa Van Petten and I'm a creator of Radical Parenting. We're a parenting advice website written by kids. We have 120 teen writers who I sometimes feel like are my own kids and they share all kinds of advice, tips and insight for parents. My latest book, "Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?" shares my experience working with my teen interns and gives parents a secret view into the minds of teens. When I'm not working, I love running, swimming and hanging out with my dogs.
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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website,, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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