Clarissa & Joe Constantine
Our lives have led us where we are today.
Clarissa is an only child who had a tough relationship with her mom. During college, she began what would turn into a decades-long career as a test prep coach, helping thousands of kids from around the world navigate the college and grad school admissions processes. Along the way she's joked that she finds herself playing the role of therapist more than tutor, helping kids manage the stresses of life.
Joe dealt with horrible bullying as a kid. After years being the '95-pound weakling' who was tormented mercilessly, he hit his growth spurt as a freshman at University of Rhode Island, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. More than a decade later, he changed careers into personal training & sports performance coaching. He now coaches primarily youth athletes to help them prevent injury and excel on the field or court.
When friends of theirs were going through a REALLY tough patch with their then-15-year-old daughter, the friend said, 'I just wish I had other parents to talk to.' It was like a lightning bolt for Clarissa, and The ParenT(w)een Connection was born.
As we grow, it's our mission to help families avoid the difficulties we experienced. We want to give parents a safe place to connect with each other. We want to help you find trusted experts who can help you when you just don't know what to do on your own. We want to give you different ways to connect with your kids so you can have awesome relationships with them. We believe that the better your relationship is with the kids in your life, the happier you'll all be - and the fewer kids we'll lose to suicide.
If you haven't yet, we invite you to join our Facebook group to connect with other parents. It's a great place to get to know The ParenT(w)een Connection!