John’s Bio, Beliefs & Family

Professional Credentials
John Rosemond has worked with families, children, and parents since 1971 in the field of family psychology. In 1971, John earned his masters in psychology from Western Illinois

John Rosemond as a boy

Incontrovertible truth that John was a child once. Pictured here (arms crossed) with his Uncle Herbert, cousins and playmates around 1952 in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

University and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. In 1999, his alma mater conferred upon John the Distinguished Alumni Award, given only once per year. Upon acceptance, he gave the commencement address.

From 1971-1979, he worked as a psychologist in Illinois and North Carolina and directed several mental-health programs for children.

From 1980-1990. John was in full-time practice as a family psychologist with Piedmont Psychological Associates in Gastonia.

Presently, his time is devoted to speaking and writing. John is syndicated in approximately 225 newspapers nationwide. He has written eleven best-selling parenting books. He is also one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers and most certainly the busiest and most popular in his field. He’s known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style.

In the past few years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, CNN, as well as numerous print interviews.

John’s Bio (So Far)

John was born in Asheville, NC, on November 25, 1947. He spent his first seven years in Charleston, SC, during most of which his mother was a single parent. Upon her remarriage in 1954, the family moved to the suburbs of Chicago where John graduated from Proviso West High School in 1965.

John earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Western Illinois University, where he was elected to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. In 1999, WIU conferred upon John the Distinguished Alumni Award, given only once per year.

John and Willie were married in 1968, while both were students at WIU.

Since 1971, John has worked with families, children, and parents in the field of family psychology.

John’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column, which he began writing in 1976, appears in more than 200 newspapers and has the distinction of being (in 2014) the longest-running syndicated column written continuously by a single author.

In 1969, John published his first book, The Six-Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children. It has sold more than 400,000 copies to date and his books, cumulatively, have sold well over a million copies.

Presently, his time is devoted to speaking and writing. John. He has written seventeen best-selling parenting books. He is also one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers and most certainly the busiest and most popular in his field. He’s known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style.

Over the years, John has appeared on numerous national television programs including 20/20, Good Morning America, The View, The Today Show, CNN, and CBS Later Today, FOX News, the John Stossell Show, as well as numerous print and radio interviews.

All of his professional accomplishments aside, John is quick to remind folks that his real qualifications are that he’s been married to the same woman, Willie, for forty-five years (as of March 2014), is the father of two successful adults, Eric and Amy, and the grandfather of seven well-mannered grandchildren ranging from 6 to 19.

John’s Family (Written by John)

The major resource and inspiration for everything I’ve ever written is my wonderful family. The family photo below was taken on Easter 2005. There you see me and Willie, both of our kids, Eric and Amy, and six of our seven grandchildren. Also able to make the occasion were my wonderful stepmother, Betsy (deceased 2012) and my wonderful mother-in-law, Wilma (deceased in 2005).

How Willie and I became a couple: In September of 1967, Wilma (not yet Willie) was one of 1000 or so students who came to hear my rock ‘n’ roll band play at Western Illinois University. In that particular five-some, I played rhythm guitar and sang lead, no small trick for someone who has trouble chewing gum and walking a straight line at the same time. About halfway through our last set, I noticed this “chick” (excuse me, but that’s what we called women then) looking at me. No, staring at me. Now, this is the absolute truth: After the gig, I put up my guitar, turned around, and she was gone! I went back to my dorm room and lay awake trying to remember who she was standing near so I could perhaps find out who she was. She tells me she went back to her dorm room, found out my name, looked me up in the student directory, and decided right then and there that she wanted to be Wilma Rosemond. She liked my last name, it seems. She manipulated an introduction the next day, and it was LOVE at first meeting! We were married ten months later.

John Rosemond and his wife, Willie, have been married more than 45 years. Also pictured is Mazi (their Toy Schnauzer)

Eric is 45 (at this writing — March 2014). He is an international corporate jet pilot for a Charlotte multi-national corporation. He and his wife Nancy live in Gastonia, about five miles from us, with their four boys, Jack, Patrick, Thomas, and Sweet Baby James.

Amy is 41. She is a homemaker and lives in Matthews, NC, about 40 minutes from us, with her husband Marshall and their three children — two boys – Connor and Holden – and a girl – Anna Caitlin – who will rule.

I’m “Bobo,” by the way, which is how I’ve always, since I was born, been known to friends and family. My Mom called me the “the Bobo” before I was born. Tidbit: Lydia and Charlton Heston (yes, one and the same) visited my Mom and me in the hospital on the third day of my life (they worked with my parents in community theater in Asheville, NC) and gave me a little blue rubber elephant, a harbinger of things to come.

Willie and I have a second home in the mountains of North Carolina, on a clear mountain river at around 3000 feet, where there is very little light or noise pollution. Together, we collect antiques, travel, cook, talk, and laugh. Separately, we read and Willie shops for bargains. Life’s been good.