Ann Keeling, MFA, is an educator, writer, music teacher, parent, and founder of the Parenting Groove website.


Ann has degrees from UCLA, Goddard College, and UW-Madison. She teaches live Start Small Parenting classes in Northern California. In addition, she teaches parent/child early education Music Together classes as well as JamAlong Music, children’s group music and movement classes for preK – end graders. The families involved have been a springboard for material involving parenting, music, and education.

Annie with her two brothers, Mark and Ben

Father’s Influence

Her father, Gailen Keeling, was a family therapist for over 40 years and created the 3R’s Learning Center for Behavior Education. Throughout her life, Annie has had in-depth talks with her father about the challenges his clients faced and how he helped them move through those challenges. She was also fortunate to work with him closely as an editor of his 3R’s of Positive Behavior teacher’s manual. Even more importantly was the profound effect her father and mother’s parenting style had on Annie and her two brothers.

Becoming a Parent

Later, as a parent, she became even more interested in her father’s theories and applications in her real-life role of parenting.

Zed Annie noses
Annie and Zed, Summer Fun at the Lake



Her son, Zed, born in 2002, teaches Annie the most important parenting lessons!

He attends a hybrid school: part traditional site-based learning with a classroom and teachers, and the other part homeschooling.

Barry and Annie

Fantastic Partner

She shares the homeschooling and parenting role with her husband of 25 years, Barry Friedman. It was love at first sight when she met Barry, an entertainer of the wildly successful juggling duo, the Raspyni Brothers. He is also an entrepreneur, having created Showbiz Blueprint and 30 Days Sugar Free.

This phenomenal husband and father shares Annie’s ideal of raising a healthy boy through conscious parenting.

Three of us
Annie,Zed, & Barry