Testimonials for 5 Steps to Connect Parenting Workshop


"I began 5 Steps to Connect, as it says on the website, to take the time for my emotional health.  I was seeking peace in my family as raising twins can be quite a challenge.  I was feeling hopeless and out of ideas.  I think this has been a unique class on child-raising in that it is not a one style fits all.  After 6 weeks, I am feeling more centered and am starting to have the tools to handle different situations and really becoming a more present parent."

Tamara~Mom of twin 7 year olds


"I love what I took away from The 5 Steps to Connect Parenting Workshops. Each week I walked away feeling better with myself and with some great new idea to try at home. The ideas were easy to implement and most importantly as a parent, easy to remember! Best of all, I find more positivity in my family life with these practices."

~ Megan, Aptos Mom of 2 kids


"I'm so glad I came to your workshop! Two days later my daughter had a challenging situation with her friends at school. She was upset. Normally I would have given her advice and I wanted to jump in and help her resolve it. Instead I used Life-Saving Listening and it worked! She opened up and felt so empowered being able to talk it through and resolve it herself. It was amazing for me to see how my own triggers were stimulated. It was hard, but I didn't speak or act from them. If I didn't have your tools I wouldn't have been able to do that and have it work out so well."   

~Jill, Montessori Teacher and Mom of 3 

The 5 Steps to Connect is helping me stay connected with my values when I parent. I have a better understanding of myself and my kids. I found a community where, without fear, we can be honest about how we live our journey as parents.

~Carole, Soquel parent of 3


"After learning the 5 Steps to Connect, I feel more grounded and able to cope. I come from a family who "didn't do emotions" so I'd feel triggered when my children had them. I'd want to fix it or rationalize it away.

I love having concrete tools to use and knowledge that emotions have a message for us and necessary. Also to know that an "uncooperative" child is one who needs connection and an emotional release. This helps me not take it personally."

~ Jennnifer, Mom of 2 girls in Aptos, CA

I knew the 5 steps to connect framework was working when I was feeling pinched for time and wondered out loud if I should go. My daughter immediately said, "Oh yes Mama, you come back so much happier, like a new Mama!" Being able to express my emotions and be real in front of other parents who understood how hard parenting a strong willed child is - meant so much to me. Naming shame to melt it's power like the ghost busters and getting underneath the intense behavior to the values underneath have changed our lives!  ~Polly, single mom of 2 daughters