Jean Yih Kingston was born in suburban Pennsylvania to immigrant Chinese parents. Her parents wished she’d study night and day to become a doctor, but instead they found she had poor aptitude for not only physics, but calculus, biology and chemistry too. Together they agreed the world might be better served if she left the field of medicine behind. Jean graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Elementary Education and Biological Basis of Behavior. She went on to receive her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, but said goodbye to paychecks when her first baby was born.
Together, she and her husband John (whom she met on the very first days of college) manage an increasingly complicated driving schedule while also trying to juggle some dear family projects such as a new Writers and Artists Colony on five hundred beautiful acres in the mountains of central Vermont and their family service and giving initiative called SixSeeds (SixSeeds.tv). Jean is the mother of four children, Caitlin (18), Annalise (16), Christopher (13) and William (9), who keep her busy, happy, exasperated, tired and feeling extremely blessed every day. They are the muses for her writing as she tries to figure out “parenting well” in this increasingly complex world.