- PCI Certified Parent Coach ® PCI affiliated with Seattle Pacific University, USA
- Certified Adlerian Parenting Facilitator
- Certified .b Mindfulness Teacher
- B Sc. Physiotherapy, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Building Strong Parent-Child Relationships To Help Families Thrive Not Just Survive
When parents experience challenges with their children it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. They can find themselves challenged by a child-like nothing or nobody ever has and it can be overwhelming; for them and for their children. Relationships can be left fragile and disconnected.
It is my passion, and I believe my purpose, to support and empower parents with a compassionate and realistic approach to help them find sustainable and practical solutions to their challenges. There is no “recipe” for parenting; what works for one parent, might not work for another. What works in one moment, might not work in the next. I work with parents to help them find a way that works for them and their child in each moment, whatever the moment – that is why it works and that is why it is transformational.
I am happily married with three teenage children and have experienced first-hand many of the challenges that you face: the continuing and over-arching challenge of technology is huge, not to mention the peer and academic pressures on children today. Then there’s sibling rivalry, kids not listening, discipline, bedtime, getting out of the door on time, homework, their mess, juggling and managing the ever-growing list of extra-curricular activities available to children today. It can be stressful and as such, it is imperative that we look after ourselves and find solutions to the challenges in order to find harmony and balance.
I have a BSc in Physiotherapy and Parent Coach certification through the Parent Coach Institute in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University. I have also been a student of, and taken extensive parent coaching courses with, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Oprah’s favorite parenting expert and author of The Conscious Parent, Out Of Control and The Awakened Family. I also created The Parenting In The Thick Of It Family Organizer – a beautifully and ingeniously designed, evergreen, wall “calendar” that offers parents intentional, proactive parenting support and advice plus the framework to become more organized.
In January 2018, I was honoured to be a guest speaker alongside experts, Dr. Dan Siegel and Dr. Shefali Tsabary, on The Screen Machine, a digital summit to help parents better navigate technology. In May 2019, I was a guest speaker on the Raising A Strong-Willed Child online parenting summit.
In July 2019, I launched my ebook, Parenting The Modern Teen: The secret to understanding, connecting and communicating with your teen in a disconnected, distracted and digital world.
When not working, I can usually be found hiking, biking, golfing, skiing, paddle boarding, painting, cooking and cherishing time spent with family and friends. I live in Vancouver with my husband, three (teenage) children and two, outrageously curious, Bengal cats, Scout and Lily – because everyone needs a little leopard in their life!
It is my mission to change not just parent’s lives, but children’s lives for the better, one family at a time.
What inspires me:
Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation
Books – My top 10 reads:
The Conscious Parent by Dr Shefali Tsabary, The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star, all by Jeanette Walls; The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver; Modoc by Ralph Helfer; People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks; The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein; The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet; The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce; Grizzly Heart by Charlie Russell; Educated by Tara Westover; The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer; A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
Nature: Wildlife, The Mountains and The Ocean
Art: Admiring other people’s art and doing my own.