Improve the relationship between you and your kids
I began my career as a junior high English teacher and after 12 years in the classroom, earned my master’s degree and made the shift to the counseling office. With all that experience, you’d think I’d have stepped into parenthood with confidence, right? Not. Even. I was an expert at managing 12-year-olds, but what do you do with a baby? I felt uncomfortable and unconfident and I desperately wished for a handbook that would tell me how to be a really good parent!
Enter Positive Discipline. What this program gave my husband and me went well beyond “handbook.” The concepts and tools gave us a strong foundation on which to stand as we’ve navigated nearly 30 years of parenting joys and challenges. Our family life is based in connection, contribution and respect. We laugh a lot, we love each other, and we have skills to help us manage conflicts and come out the other end with a hug.
This is what I want for every family.
My work in the schools connected me to so many parents who felt isolated and didn’t know where to turn for help when they experienced kids’ challenging behaviors. I knew what that felt like, AND I knew what a relief it was to find support and strategies that worked. Helping parents was an important piece of the puzzle as I worked to help their children.
So, in 2008, I certified as a Positive Discipline Educator and began facilitating parenting classes, launched my coaching practice in 2012, and certified as a Positive Discipline Trainer in 2018.
My hope is that, through my classes and coaching, you’ll learn ideas and practice strategies that will help you navigate your parenting journey so you can realize that, yes, parenting is hard work...and it’s heart work that brings you joy!
Learn how to put the joy back in your relationship with your kids! View our upcoming schedule HERE.
Teachers, you have one of the most important jobs in the world! And as with parenting, it’s easy to feel isolated and unsupported as you wrangle with behavior management while under enormous pressure to teach your curriculum.
I’ve been where you are. And I have good news!
Positive Discipline concepts and tools can help you create a classroom culture of connection, competence, and stability. Imagine how much you could accomplish with your curriculum if students had skills for cooperation, conflict management and emotional regulation!
I’ve experienced this transformation in my own classroom, and I want to help you experience it in yours. Teaching, like parenting, is hard work and heart work. Let me help you bring joy into that picture!