Marlaine Cover began her professional career working in development for higher education. In the course of performing life’s “most important job” however – raising two daughters – she found herself intensely frustrated with the disparity between the dynamic educational processes routinely afforded academics, sports and music and the comparatively passive process embraced for Life Skills.
After hollering at her teen daughter as she exited the house for school without eating breakfast one morning, Marlaine decided she needed to “be the change” and improve her own performance. So she sat down at her kitchen table and created a communication tool she titled The Life Skills Report Card.
In 2009 she formed the Parenting 2.0 (P20) on LinkedIn to share the concept of Life Skills Report Cards and support Life Skills professionals in collaborating. P20’s stated goal is that, “one day, children’s LSA (Life Skills Average) will be as appreciated as their GPA (Grade Point Average).” Today, Parenting 2.0 is LinkedIn’s top ranked parenting group, with more over 8,000 members in more than 100 countries, and host of the world’s only professional conference for Life Skills professionals – P20 Talks. Their educational non-profit, The Global Presence, is formally registered as a 501C3 organization in the United States and has Ambassadors circling the globe.
In July of 2012, at the encouragement of Parenting 2.0 members, Cover published Kissing The Mirror: Raising Humanity in the Twenty-first Century under the pen name Mama Marlaine. An Amazon Best Seller receiving five star reviews, Kissing the Mirror documents Cover’s journey from struggling mom to international activist and underscores the value of embracing a new more dynamic, compassionate curriculum for Life Skills education.