Smart Parenting for Busy & Imperfect People



Mission Statement

Intelligent Nest, LLC is a consultancy specializing in the fields of parenting, child development and education, which aims to equip families with practical, research-based, and diverse parenting solutions illuminated by the sciences and philosophy.


About the Author

Welcome! I am Kristen Paral- mother to Jack (11) and Lucille (9) and wife to Jason.   Though I was born and raised in California, I have been a resident of the Washington, DC area for over fifteen years.  I enjoy nature walks, urban hiking, strolling through museums, casual bike rides and other contemplative outings with my family and dog, Baxter.


My professional and personal passion is the interdisciplinary study of the sciences and philosophy as they relate to the development of humans.  I strive to understand why humans parent the way we do and how our beliefs and practices not only influence children, but also illuminate critical elements of ourselves and our culture.

I hold a B.S. in Liberal Studies, cum laude from Cal Poly with a focus on math and science education, a minor in Child Development, an emphasis in Elementary Education and a teaching credential.  I have worked with children and families in diverse contexts for over 15 years, including, but not limited to, elementary schools, preschools, child development research centers, private child care and, most importantly, as a mother.

I am proud to have founded Intelligent Nest, LLC in 2011 and continue to enjoy offering empirical, personalized and non-judgmental parenting advice to my clients in the form of seminars, consultations and popular articles.


2 Responses to “About”

  1. kris5l

    A lot of wonderful information and advice. Love what you had to say about cleaning up and agree 100%. Adorable book display and creative way of showing off a childrens’ artwork.

  2. Amber L. Miller, LICSW


    I saw the last Facebook comment you gave to a mother through the Vienna Moms Facebook and noticed your consulting business.

    I also live in Vienna and am a local mental health therapist part time and I help run a northern Virginia foster care agency. I am also a social worker licensed in MD, DC and VA(pending).

    I would love to meet up for coffee or lunch sometime in the area to talk about your business.

    If you are interested, you can contact me at 703-772-0476 or

    Amber L. Miller, LICSW, LCSW-C


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