Besides being trained as a Certified Simplicity Parenting Facilitator® and Co-Active Life Coach®, I am the mom of a spirited, outgoing 13 year old girl and an active, brainy 11 year old boy.
I began to practice Simplicity Parenting a few years ago when I found myself overwhelmed by my Titanium-Willed Child and the task of navigating the onslaught of demands on our family that came with graduating preschool (I still can't believe that's a thing). The plethora of inspiring but unattainable images on my Pinterest board and friend's Facebook pages added to the sinking feeling that I wasn't measuring up as a mom.
After reading Simplicity Parenting and attending a lecture given by the author, I began to make room for downtime and to say no to all the toys and classes that were being touted as crucial to my child's development. I read the book and committed myself to the inner work necessary to identify and separate my own triggers from my children's troubling behavior. I went through the Simplicity Parenting certification process. I stopped looking at discipline as a dirty word and embraced my inner benevolent queen.
Don't get me wrong. Prayer and good old therapy played a role in my transformation but I don't think I would have made time for those life-savers if I hadn't started to simplify first.
My husband and I appreciate how peaceful our life has become ever since I embarked on the 1 year training. We have made family time something worthy of protection and support. Our children are thriving.
Now I help other families ready to prioritize peace and connection in their home life.
Through workshops, home visits and private coaching, I give parents concrete tools for creating a strong foundation from which to observe and perhaps say, "no thank you" to the “More! Faster! Now!” messages pervasive in the consumerism-soaked landscape of Southern California.
I have been a small group leader of transformational groups for over 15 years. My facilitation style is direct, collaborative and compassionate. I love to partner with people to unearth their strengths and goals and to brainstorm lasting routines to increase the peace in their home. I've found change to be most sustainable when combined with accountability and community.
I am a Christian but please be assured that I'm careful to base my coaching on each client's personal beliefs and values, not my own.
While getting my MBA in marketing communications from Kellogg at Northwestern University, I minored in Ethnographic Research which is just a fancy term for observing people in their natural habitat. That training is helpful when I make home visits and need to be as unobtrusive as I can be.