Happiness does not come from getting everything you want in life.

It comes from knowing what to do and how to take care of yourself even when you don't. It's about your mindset in the moment and how you choose to talk to yourself. 

Homegrown Happiness is based on 12 HEALTHY MINDSETS that strengthen your capabilities and lead you and everyone in the family toward a happier life.

When you become a parent, you become the MOST IMPORTANT role model for your children. How you handle yourself is as important as how you handle your children. Hopefully this site will inspire you to be the best you can be, so you can be the best for your family, because cultivating capable, happy children starts at home with YOU!

We know you're busy... and tired! We've been there! Our information is easy to access and easy to implement. We’re always home and ready to help! So, come on in! The door's open...



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Meet Karen...

Hi. I'm so happy to meet you! My name is Karen Duncan. I am currently the creator and director of Shayna's Village, the parenting enrichment center at the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando. I spend my days teaching both children (infants-Pre-K) and their parents. I have been an early childhood educator and parenting ally for over 25 years, but more importantly, I have been the mom of two sons for longer than that!

Believe me, I know how tough parenting can be. I have made mistakes and also learned an enormous amount. I truly believe parents should support each other, so I created Homegrown Happiness to guide you on your parenting journey. I have chosen 12 Healthy Mindsets that I believe will help you bring out the best in yourself and your children. I also love to use music to empower families, so along with tips and inspiration, I've included fun songs for families to enjoy together while learning and bonding.


meet Ronnie d...

I'd like you to meet my husband, Ron Duncan. We've been married over 30 years, and I can't imagine a better role model for our sons. In 2008, Ron left the corporate world and built a career around his passions. Music is definitely one of them. In the music world, Ron is known as Ronnie D. He has been a professional musician since 1976. He has written children's music for PBS and has two original family music cds. He started teaching music to both children and adults in 2008.

He is the creator of Guitar Stars, a developmentally-appropriate musical program that teaches preschool children how to play the guitar, while enhancing their motor skills and confidence.

Together, Ron and I have created music especially for Homegrown Happiness, and we hope you will enjoy it with your family as you travel down your road to happiness!