Rebecca Dawson has been living in Warsaw going on her 20th year. The mother of three boys met her husband at Grace College, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling.
Following graduation, Dawson worked at Heartland Pregnancy Center for a year. It was there her passion for helping mothers and children was first put into action.
“It was there I saw the needs of women. It was an eye opener to have daily interactions with these women,” said Dawson. “Being involved in people’s lives one-on-one is the most fulfilling, but most draining, experience.”
Following a five year stint as a mental health therapist for Wawasee schools, Dawson decided 10 years ago to stay at home with her sons, Jackson, 10; Jeremiah, 8; and Cole, 5. Despite describing herself as a stay-at-home mom, however, Dawson is extremely active in her church, is a published author of two books and will also teach a few classes in Grace College’s behavioral science department this coming Fall.
Dawson’s latest book, “Stamped On Every Child’s Heart: Impulsive Behavior” came out this spring. The book focuses on countering the frustration of having an impulsive child with the gift of having an impulsive child. In her book, Dawson discovers the gift of impulsiveness by exploring the life of the Apostle Peter.
She has also written a book called “Help! I’m A Mom To Be!” that is a backdoor approach to avoiding postpartum depression.
These books were published by Blue Room Publishing, a company she and her husband started themselves. The hope for the small press publishing company is to help others tell their stories before the publishing process becomes to heavy or complicated to navigate.
“My constant passion and driving force is Jesus,” said Dawson. “Although I often fail, I focus on keeping him in the center of everything I do.”
At her church, Mission Point, Dawson began a group for single moms called “Together.” She’s handed off leading that group to others, but still develops programming and trains other leaders.
“One of my passions is training larger groups of people,” said Dawson, who has been interviewed on television and radio broadcasts, and written articles on postpartum and parenting, including for Focus on the Family. “While my first focus is my family, my second is being able to mentor other councilors and speaking in front of groups.”
When together, the Dawsons enjoy hiking, biking, sports, traveling and swimming. Dawson’s husband, Chad, works for Biomet and is a STEM adviser in orthopedics for Warsaw schools.
To learn more about Dawson’s books, visit http://www.blueroompublications.com.