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 develop content for independent publications, nonprofits, and for-profit clients.
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 master's 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 fishing-obsessed seven-year-old. I also have a four-year-old who likes to shout his way through meals, a baby girl who stole our hearts the moment she wailed her way into the world, and a husband who loads the dishwasher every single night.
As a writer, my work has appeared with the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, National Geographic, Glamour, Vox, Parents, Mother.ly, Today's Parent, Scary Mommy, InStyle, 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.