Creating Calm
(In-person class)
Are you a parent who:
...feels stuck in negative discipline cycles?
...has intense children who seem to push your patience to its limits?
...loves your kids but finds yourself getting frustrated with them on a regular basis?
...desires more connection with you kids, and less yelling? uncertain about what discipline tools to use other than time-outs and taking away privileges? 
...wants to be an effective and positive influence in your kids' life skills and character, but is struggling to do so?

Join me for a 6-week class where you will gain a better understanding of your child's emotions and behaviors, and develop skills  to help you be a more connected, patient, and effective parent.  

This workshop combines strategies from Positive Discipline and How To Talk So Kids Will Listen.  It is an interactive workshop, and is limited to 10 attendees, in order to allow ample time for discussion.
Here is what people are saying about this workshop:

"This class really helped me stop and listen to what I was actually saying to my kids.  It just gave me more awareness and insight into my own behavior and how that might, in turn, effect the behavior my kids exhibit in return.  Acknowledging and reflecting their emotions back to them has been a very useful and effective skill."  ~Mother of 2 boys, ages 5 & 7

"I LOVED this course! It was eye opening about the small changes I needed to make to have a more positive parenting experience and not constantly feel defeated.  This course gave me words to use, taught me how to listen & respond and gave me usable tools to use in day to day parenting - not only when I felt like flipping my lid.  I recommend this course to ALL parents, regardless of how much or little you feel like you have this parenting thing figured out."  ~Mother of 3 children, ages 2, 6, 9

Location: 23591 El Toro Rd, Suite 201, Lake Forest
Morning Option:  April 22nd - June 3rd (no class May 27th) 10-11:30 AM
Evening Option: April 23rd - May 28th from 7-8:30 PM
Cost:$175, including materials
*** Most suitable for parents of children ages 4-12

Reducing Sibling Conflict
Learn to help your kids work through conflicts in ways that will benefit them now and in the future.
(In-person class)
Were you imagining your kids' relationship with each other to be different than what it's turning out to be?  Were you hoping for friendship, but are overwhelmed by incessant fighting?  Were you wanting cooperation but find yourself living with the tension of constant competition?  Here's the good news - it doesn't have to stay that way.  

Children WANT to have peaceful relationships with their siblings just as much as we want them to.  Many don't know how.  Even for adults, developing and maintaining healthy relationships takes work. This is especially true for kids, who are still learning the ins and outs of getting along.  

By shifting the way we see sibling conflict- looking at it as a signal that they are lacking knowledge and skills, instead of a misbehavior or signs of character flaws-  we are able to bring calm to their chaos and give them the tools they need to be self-regulated and empathic toward each other.

In this workshop, we will use the "Siblings Without Rivalry" workbook as a starting point, but will expand upon it by applying concepts from the field of positive discipline.

You will learn how to:

* Maintain harmony and a strong connection even when competition, tempers, and bickering are at their worst.

* Respect each child’s experience, and validate it, while still setting limits.

* Teach your children healthy emotional self-management and conflict resolution skills so they learn how to identify their own needs while respecting the needs of others.  

* Help your kids develop a lifelong bond and relationship skills that will benefit them in friendships, future work relationships, and with their own families down the road.

Location: 23591 El Toro Rd, Suite 201, Lake Forest
Dates/Time: Mondays from 9:30-11:00
(February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25)
Cost: $135, including materials


The Greatest Gift
(Online Workshop Series)
Can you relate to any of these ​statements?
* "I intend to be calm, but I just explode, and then feel so guilty."
* "I don't want to yell at them, but in the moment, it feels like the only thing that will get their attention."
* "I tell my kids to talk nicely to each other, but then I find myself yelling at them!"
* "How can I stay positive and calm when they are screaming at me or hitting each other?!?"
​​​​​​​* "I've read articles on positive discipline, and I want to be that parent, but I just don't know how to make it work for me and my family."
* "I'm so drained. Sometimes I just want to run away from it all."

If so, join me for this interactive online workshop that combines self-awareness and emotional regulation skills with the techniques of positive parenting.
Your children learn how to handle their emotions, communicate their needs, resolve conflict, and love themselves by watching you.  In order for you to be able to effectively teach your children these important life skills, you need to be able to do them for yourself.  The good news is, learning these skills is fairly easy!  Once you learn them and begin applying them, they become second nature, which makes it easier for you to teach them to your children.

In the Greatest Gift, I will walk you through the process of self-awareness and skill building, so that you will:
* be less reactive 
* know how to tolerate uncomfortable emotions like anger, sadness, and hurt
* be able to identify what those uncomfortable emotions are trying to tell you
* know how to confidently communicate your needs
* feel comfortable getting your needs met without the guilt

In our bonus session at the end, you will discover how to help your children apply all that you learned to their lives.  Because you will have done it for yourself, you will be able to coach them to better emotional health.  That, my friend, is a gift that keeps on giving.

Three 45-minute webinars, one Q&A, and one hour-long bonus session.  All videos will be recorded in case you can't make it to the live session.  A private Facebook group will be available for attendees of the webinar so you can support each other and ask questions as you apply the skills you learn in the webinar.  

(1) Understand WHY you yell (even though you promised you wouldn't), and WHAT will actually help you to stop.
(2) Letting go of guilt and shame so you can be kinder to yourself (and everyone else!)
(3) Speaking up and getting your needs met (even if it means disappointing someone else) without feeling like a jerk.  

*Bonus session: Coaching your children to success with your new skills!
Cost: $147

If you would like to be notified of future sessions, sign up here!
Notify me!
Parent Coaching:
(In person or online)
Individual parent coaching is available for parents who:
* want to implement a positive parenting approach but don't know how
* are ready to experience more connection with their children
* want to stop yelling but find themselves continually exploding
​​​​​​​* have trouble tolerating their children's big emotions
* want effective alternatives to yelling and time-outs
* want to understand the messages behind their child's behavior

Click here to see availability and schedule a 30-minute interest call to determine if we are a fit for each other.

Parent coaching is available by phone, video, or in person at my Lake Forest, CA office.  Sessions occur weekly, for 50 minutes each, for a period of 3 months (12 sessions total).  Through awareness development, skill building, conversation, and homework exercises, you will gain confidence in your ability to parent in a positive, connected way. Sessions can be recorded at your request and used as a reference, or as a tool to share with your partner.  Summary notes will be provided after each session.

Cost: $1500, with a 14-day money back guarantee