About Jess and KJ

Jessica Lahey is a teacher, writer, and mom. She writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, Vermont Public Radio, and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Timesbestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. She is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the educational curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons and teaches high school English and writing.  

KJ Dell’Antonia is a novelist, a regular contributor to the New York Times, where she covers the personal and policy aspects of parenthood, and the author of How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every Minute and Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos. She wrote and edited the Motherlode blog at the Times from 2011 until 2016 and was a contributing editor to the Well Family section from 2016-2017, and occasionally guest host’s NHPR’s The Exchange. Before taking over Motherlode, she was one of Slate’s XXFactor bloggers and a contributor to Slate, where she covered parenting and a broad range of subjects, from legal issues to pop culture. Before quitting her day job, KJ practiced law at Cravath, Swaine and Moore and the New York County District Attorney’s office. KJ lives in New Hampshire with her husband, four children and assorted horses, chickens, dogs and cats.