I'm Julia Pelly. I work full time in positive youth development and spend my evenings and weekends writing about parents, children and families. I especially like writing about the intersection of the personal and the political and all the ways that motherhood can rock your world.


I graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a BA in sociology and anthropology and, after a brief stint living in the mountains and working in youth services, I returned to school. In 2013 I graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, with a masters in public health with a focus on maternal and child health.

Around the time I finished up my masters, I started growing my first baby. That baby is now a spunky, fantastically bug-obsessed five year old. I also have a three year old who likes to shout his way through meals, a husband who loads the dishwasher every single night and a dog who has gotten much less attention since the big kid came into the world. 


As a writer my work has appeared on NYT.com, Washingtonpost.com, Glamour.com, Vox.com, parent.co, mother.ly, todaysparent.com, ScaryMommy.com, everydayfamily.com, Instyle.com, and many others. When I'm not at work, pushing my kids on their swings or writing, you can find me hiking one of my favorite trails.