We support parents who want to raise the bar for their families.

 Our mission is to educate parents, teachers, and caregivers in principles that encourage young people to lead and contribute to society. Family leaders are given practical, proven tools to address challenges – whether reducing the small daily struggles like getting out the door in the morning or taking responsibility for homework and completing family chores or to shift the family climate of power struggles or sibling rivalry.

Family Leadership Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for parents, caregivers, teachers, and community leaders who want to bring out the best in children and teens. Through our programs, adults understand more about human behavior, why children misbehave, and how to best help them grow and live in positive, contributing ways.

 We offer a proven, practical approach to raising a family through classes, workshops, coaching and community talks. 

 Learn best practices for helping your child develop a strong self and a caring outlook on the world through: 

  • family meetings
  • chores
  • developing a growth mindset

 Find support for common parenting struggles:

  • how to respond to misbehavior
  • strategies for eliminating sibling rivalry

 We also provide recommendations for books and other resources that can support your family.

 Our work is founded on the principles of authoritative parenting and the work of Alfred Adler, Rudolf Dreikurs and the many wonderful Adlerian parenting and community workers around the world – especially the Parent Encouragement Program in Washington, DC.

 We are located in Yarmouth, Maine. Our 8 and 10 week parenting courses are offered locally, and are perfect for caregivers in the greater Portland area. 4 – week courses are available for small groups online. Workshops are given worldwide.

FLC Board of Directors

Judy Carlson (Chatham, MA) 
Leah Eggers (Chesterfield, MO) 
Perryn Ferris (Portland, ME) 
Andrew Hooper (Swarthmore, PA)
Susanna Hooper (Swarthmore, PA) 
Louise LeBlanc (Yarmouth, ME) 
Marjie Longshore (Yarmouth, ME) 
Katie Redfield (Yarmouth, ME)

Marjie Longshore, Founder & Executive Director

Marjie Longshore with her Children Marjie with her two children, Barrett & Louisa.

Marjie read her first parenting book when she was nine and her interest in child and adult development continues to grow. With a masters in education from Harvard,  Marjie has worked in the field of education for her whole career as a teacher in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school, curriculum developer, educational consultant and, her favorite jobs: mom and parent educator. Her work in schools continually brings her back to how very important it is to give support and encouragement to families.

As founder of the local non-profit, Family Leadership Center, and trained in Adlerian parent education at the non-profit, Parent Encouragement Program based in Washington DC (the most comprehensive, in-depth parenting curriculum in the US), Marjie leads workshops and courses internationally with parents, teachers and community members. With certifications from other Adlerian organizations including Responsive Classroom and Positive Discipline, Marjie is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.

Two of Marjie’s best teachers are her children: Louisa and Barrett.