Aki and Aya-Mei
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What’s Parenting Paths?
I want to spark a Parenting Revolution. A revolution where every parent cares for their kids with confidence, intention and joy.
We aren’t just raising kids, we’re raising people! And those people will carry the lessons we teach now well into the future. So if you’d love to learn to parent with the intention of Lifelong (and not just Child) Development, you’ve come to the right place.
I’ll help you shift your focus from what’s difficult in parenting, to what your goals and values are as a parent. And once your parenting reflects your goals and values, you’re on your Parenting Path!
Research tells us that our families of origin affect the way that we love, work, and carry ourselves for our whole lives. Of course, as parents, we don’t need any research to tell us that our relationships with our kids and partners have a direct effect on the way we show up to our jobs, our friendships, and every other aspect of life.
Parenting Paths is about moving from “one-size fits all” discipline methods to powerful and custom-made strategies that reflect each family’s unique culture.
So whether you want to yell less, get on the same page as your spouse, or build a connection with your child that will last a lifetime, Parenting Paths is here to help.
Why I Became a Parenting Coach
I want to live a life where I thrive. I want that for my daughter, and I want that for you!
I’ve loved kids all my life. I’ve been a camp counselor and a mental health counselor, a toddler playgroup facilitator and home visitor for kids with special needs, a preschool consultant and a middle school therapeutic shadow. Every one of those experiences has shaped who I am as a practitioner, but nothing kicked my butt quite like becoming a mom!
When my daughter was born in 2004 I thought I knew what I was getting into. I quickly discovered that despite all of my exposure to kids, being a parent was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Even more challenging was the fact that there didn’t seem to be any place to get reliable and reassuring information on how to be the kind of parent I wanted to be.
While I found a lot of information out there, so much of it was contradictory and made me second guess my own instincts. One expert would claim that co-sleeping was the way to promote a secure attachment, the next would insist that a child must sleep alone to gain independence. The same went for feeding my baby, discipline strategies, and potty training… on and on it went until I had completely lost any sense of consistency or trust in my own process.
That was it. I went back to school.
In a few year’s time, I’d walked across the stage (hand in hand with my daughter) to claim degrees in Psychology and Infant Mental Health. A few years later I got a Positive Discipline Certification.
And then I founded Parenting Paths to help other parents sift through the doubts and the contradictory advice to find their unique parenting path, happily.
Through all of this my daughter has kept me humble. She continues to help me to move toward a more authentic and connected parenting style. Every. Single. Day. I share this story to let you know that you can consciously decide to change the way that you parent, and this can have a profound impact on your own life and the life of your children.
Let’s do it together. Let’s start a revolution.