Attorney, author and child advocate, Laurie Gray created Socratic Parenting LLC as her writing, speaking and consulting business. Socratic Parenting LLC empowers people to feel, think and act with their own spiritual awareness, clarity and confidence. Laurie conducts workshops and trainings in Parenting, Personal Transformation, Criminal Justice, Child Abuse and Writing. Visit www.SocraticParenting.com for more information.
Laurie is the co-creator of Token of Change™, a coin and magnet set designed to help people focus their intention through gratitude and affirmations. Learn more about this personal affirmation tool by going to www.SocraticParenting.com and clicking on “Token of Change.” Laurie is a co-developer and consultant for a boundaries-based women’s empowerment group called Sophie’s Café. Learn more at www.SophiesCafe.org.
Laurie earned her B.A. from Goshen College and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. A former high school teacher and experienced trial attorney, Laurie was a Deputy Prosecutor working with sex offenders, drug addicts and juvenile delinquents from 2000-2010. She has served on the faculty at the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama each spring since 2009. She has also presented workshops at the Best Practices Showcase for Educators at St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, Indiana and at the 37th Annual Midwest Writers Workshop at Ball State University in 2010.
Laurie’s private practice from 1993-1999 included the following areas of law: personal injury (both plaintiff and insurance defense), workers compensation (both plaintiff and defense), medical malpractice (plaintiff only), labor and employment (defense only), immigration, criminal defense, and Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for Parent in numerous CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases. Laurie has served as an author and lecturer for various Indiana Continuing Legal Education programs and as the co-chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Allen County Bar Association in 1998. She completed Civil Mediation Training in 2003 and has served as a court-appointed Spanish/English interpreter in both state and federal courts.
Laurie’s debut novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010) won a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult literature and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. She has two additional young adult novels and a parenting book scheduled for publication by Luminis Books: Maybe I Will (2013), Just Myrto (2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (2014). In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie also works as a bilingual Forensic Interviewer at the Bill Lewis Center for Children conducting interviews in both Spanish and English and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech).
Token of Change TM
Unleash the power of intentional thought in your life. Place your Affirmation poem on your refrigerator and carry the Coin with you as constant reminders of your decision to transform your feelings, thoughts and actions. Your life really does reflect the choices you make.
Token of Change™ is a 1 5/16th inch gold colored, bright bronze coin and an Affirmation poem printed on a magnet. Together they empower you to become who you really want to be. The Coin and Affirmations are designed to remind you to let go of what you don't want and think only about what you do want. Affirmations flip the light switch in your mind, and gratitude generates feelings of joy and peace in your life. Change begins with awareness; then physical matter changes as life energy increases.
Created and facilitated by women for women, Sophie’s Café is a support group intentionally designed to empower women to break self-defeating patterns and establish healthy boundaries. Participants from all walks of life connect in a safe and affirming circle to explore and honor each woman’s unique, inner wisdom. As we learn to accept and love ourselves, we build a respectful and loving community around us.
"There is nothing more useless than a mind filled with someone else's thoughts." --Laurie Gray
"I surround myself with love by loving everything around me." -- Laurie Gray
"I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make people think." --Socrates
Socratic Parenting: KNOW YOURSELF. KNOW YOUR CHILD.
Imagine a parenting book that doesn't tell parents what to do, but teaches the art of self-discovery using the same methods parents can use to encourage their children's growth and learning.
A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (Luminis Books/2014) focuses parents on the need to examine their own values and goals in order to select wisely from the overwhelming assortment of parenting tools available in this information age. Parents must know themselves and be themselves to raise their children with confidence and consistency.