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Heather Stevenson, M.A. - Helping Parents and Children Create Closer Relationships

Open Heart Parenting
Have you found that the "normal" way of raising kids isn't really working very well? Do you find that your child doesn’t talk to you as much as you would like? Are you uncomfortable with using punishment to control your child’s behavior? If so, you may be wondering if there is a different way of approaching things. And there is!

Open Heart Parenting is based on the beliefs that parents and children will experience more closeness and less conflict when everyone’s needs are respected and addressed; that children benefit emotionally, intellectually, and socially when allowed to express all their feelings to an attentive parent; and that the most effective discipline is based on mutual respect, and maintains the sense of connection between parents and children.
Based on Aware Parenting (a philosophy developed by Dr. Aletha Solter), my approach can:
  • Decrease power struggles between parents and children
  • Help children sleep better
  • Improve behavior problems
  • Address sibling rivalry
  • Help children prepare for a difficult event, such as surgery
  • Support parents in helping their children recover from trauma

Upcoming Events

Parent Support Group 
Dates and times of the support group will be determined 
based on the needs of group members.
$80/person or $130/couple 
Sliding scale rates available

Register for the group here

Most parents benefit from the opportunity to offload some of the stress of parenting with the people who understand best—other parents! This will be a chance to share the difficulties of parenting, offer support to other parents, laugh together, and learn some new ways of dealing with those "tear your hair out" parenting moments. This four-week group is based on Aware Parenting, which promotes the parent-child connection, non-punitive discipline, and support for children’s emotional expression. If you don't already have experience with Aware Parenting (or a similar parenting approach), I encourage you to familiarize yourself with it before joining this group. You can learn more about it at www.awareparenting.com. This group is ideal for parents of infants and children up to age 10.

Clontact Heather at heather@openheartparenting.com or
805-453-4570 for more information. 

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