Seeking help for her own daughter led Seattle-are mom into a career giving guidance to parents on issues such as discipline, anxiety, aggression, defiance and bossiness.
What do you do? I help people triumph over parenting challenges, supporting them with the knowledge of what their children need and the confidence in themselves to provide it. Through my parent-consulting practice, Fulfilling Parenthood, I offer classes, workshops and one-on-one consulting on issues like discipline, anxiety, aggression, defiance and bossiness.
How did you get started in that field? I sought answers when my then 3-year-old daughter was pushing kids, and found the work of developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Studying with the Neufeld Institute gave me insight to see my girl more clearly and feel better equipped and more effective as her mom. It was a profound transformation. Others noticed and began to seek my support, and I discovered my calling.
What’s a typical day like? A Saturday might include a client call supporting a parent as she steps into a stronger leadership role with her child, a meeting of a no-cost, free-ranging Parent Practice Group discussion over tea in my living room to provide parents with community and guidance, and a workshop helping parents reduce the impact of their anger on their children.
What’s the best part of the work? The parents I have the honor to support are amazing. Their willingness to talk about deeply personal and vulnerable concerns moves and inspires me. It’s a privilege to sit in their company. They combine a tender caring for their children with a fierce commitment to parenting them well. I can’t imagine better clients.
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What surprises people about what you do? I provide advice aimed at helping children grow up, which is unexpected in a culture where the usual goal is getting them to behave. Although what parents hear from me is at times countercultural, it usually aligns with their intuition, and I am delighted to help parents have more trust in themselves.