Meet Audrey

Hi! I’m Audrey Monke.

If you care about raising kids who become thriving adults, you’ve come to the right place!

There are a lot of different ways people raise great kids, but there are also some common themes that can help guide us. As a summer camp director, speaker, podcast host, and author of  Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, my goal is to share tips and information that help us all raise happy, healthy, independent, responsible kids. My research has often focused on social skills and guiding parents and adults who work with kids to think of yourselves as "Friendship Skills Coaches." Our kids need good social skills to form the positive relationships they need to have happy, successful lives.


I invite you to listen to a free chapter from my book.

facts about audrey

  • Married for 29 years.
  • Mom to 5 Adult Kids ages 18-28.
  • Summer Camp Director for 37 years.
  • Started Sunshine Parenting website in 2012.
  • Started Sunshine Parenting Podcast in 2016 
  • Author of Happy Campers (2019).

I follow trends that are impacting children’s well-being and the research on what parents and other caring adults can do to help kids gain the character traits and skills they need to become thriving adults. My research has often focused on social skills, as kids really need good social skills in order to form the positive relationships they need to have a happy, successful life.

I like to read books, exercise and spend time outdoors, take classes, go to conferences, listen to podcasts, talk with educators and parents, and share ideas.

There are a lot of different ways people raise great kids, but there are also some common themes that can help guide us. My goal is to share tips and information that help us all raise happy, healthy, independent, responsible kids.

I also want to make sure that everyone in the world knows about the many benefits of camp experiences.

Read any inspirational books or heard any great speakers? Let me know! Email me with your ideas, comments, and questions! I LOVE to hear from readers and listeners.

Thanks for being here and reading my whole "About" page. That shows some serious focus in this distracted age.


Enjoy your kids today!

Audrey Monke, Sunshine Parenting

July 1, 2020