Parenting in today's day and age is a challenging feat. Parenting is now viewed as a skill rather than something you learn by doing. There is an overwhelming amount of information about how to be the best parent you can be. It can be challenging to filter out the information that is most beneficial and then apply it to everyday life. If you are finding it challenging to find your parenting "groove" or having a difficult time connecting with (and yes, also disciplining) your child/children, scheduling a parenting consultation may be a helpful step towards finding some practical solutions.
I believe our children want what we want: validation and connection. When they receive this from their parents, their nervous systems and regulated and they are more suited to meet the demands of their world. The challenge can be in getting to that place of connection. My approach is informed by my formal studies in human development and counseling as well as my own personal experience of being a mother to two toddlers. I specialize in early-childhood parenting (0-5 years) and incorporate attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, positive discipline, and mindfulness into my work. A session is part educational (what is actually going on in that little mind and body) and part collaborative (how can we apply this information to your life). The goal is for you to feel empowered as a parent, connected with your child, and feel encouraged about your parenting decisions. We will work together towards getting to the place where you want to be as a parent.
I can help with:
- understanding physiology and development
- developing empathy
- setting healthy limits
- self-regulation and grounding (e.g. helping with temper tantrums)
- emotional well-being
- responding instead of reacting
- your identity as a parent/what your next chapter looks like
Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell
No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury
No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
The Whole Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman and Joan Declaire