Everything you need to find joy & confidence 
while raising a happy & healthy toddler

Conference Schedule
Day 1 
Powerful Perspective Shifts and Tools to Boost Your Parenting
Roma Khetarpal
The Pursuit of "Perfection" in Parenting
You will learn:
  •  The #1 reason toddlerhood feels terrible and how to overcome it
  •  How parents unknowingly create a “wall of resistance” 
  •  The root of perfection in parenting and why you are already perfect 
  •  How to create a rhythm of connection that honors your uniqueness (and your toddlers!) 
  •  How to create a joyful life instead of focusing on being happy every moment 
Educator and sought-after speaker, Roma Khetarpal is the founder and CEO of Tools of Growth, through which she helps parents raise kids to “Be Happy, Think Positive, and Do Good.” With mindful parenting classes, education in schools, community and social media outreach, articles, reviews, and blog posts, Tools of Growth provides parents and adults caring for children with simple, easy-to-remember, and effective communication tools that can help them build a strong foundation and relationship with children. She is the author of The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids. The book is the recipient of the Silver Nautilus Book Award, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award, as well as the Parents’ Choice Award and the Mom’s Choice Gold Award. Out of the book Khetarpal has developed groundbreaking workshops for staff caring for children during recess and before and after school. The Mindful Play Leaders’ Lead to Succeed Program is the first district-wide program of its kind in the country, and it can be customized for the needs of specific schools or districts. You can find her online at www.ToolsOfGrowth.com

Dana Malstaff
Boss Mom: Nurture Your Babies and 
Career at the Same Time Guilt Free
You will learn:
  •  The number one way to banish mommy guilt
  •  How to empower your parenting and career through curiosity  
  •  The importance of creating priorities and how to manage overwhelm 
  •  The biggest obstacle facing working parents 
  •  How to be a great mom without sacrificing who you are and your career 
Dana Malstaff is the CEO and Founder of Boss Mom. She is a mother, author, speaker, business strategist, podcaster, blind spot reducer, and movement maker. She launched the Boss Mom brand with her first book Boss Mom: The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Business & Nurturing Your Family Like a Pro and quickly grew to a six-figure business within a year. Now she has over 20,000 students in various courses helps women all over the world raise their businesses and babies at the same time. She believes that pursuing our passions and building our dreams while including our children in the process, is the best way to build thriving businesses and families, and ultimately we need to show our children that doing what we love can be financially viable. You can find her online at www.boss-mom.com
Renaye Thornborrow
Using Coaching Stories to Build Resilience and Develop Confidence
You will learn:
  •  The foundation of self-confidence and self-esteem that every parent needs to know
  •  The surprising way failure can build confidence 
  •  How life coaching through stories can create resilience in your child 
  •  What mind-set skills are, why they play such a huge role in future happiness and success, and how to cultivate them in your child 
Renaye Thornborrow is leading a worldwide movement to bring life coaching and personal development to kids. She is the founder and CEO of Adventures in Wisdom™ and her company’s WISDOM Coach™ Certification program is helping professionals in over 30 countries use coaching stories to bring life coaching to kids between the ages of 6-12. Renaye is a personal development expert, member of the International Coaches Federation, and former 3-year board member for the Association of Coach Training Organizations (“ACTO”). She is also a retired corporate marketing executive and holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas. She and her husband of 27 years are the proud parents of 16-year old twins – a son and a daughter. You can find her online www.adventuresinwisdom.com

Simone Davies
Seeing the World Through your Toddler's Eyes
You will learn:
  •  Exactly how your toddler sees the world and how this can empower your parenting
  •  The importance of saying what you want your toddler to do instead of “Don’t…” 
  •  How to help your toddler become a lifelong helper and team player 
  •  Why it’s essential for your toddler to feel capable and strategies to do this 
  •  Why environment is a second teacher and how to use it to your advantage. 
  •  A powerful mindset shift that will create more connection and cooperation
Simone Davies is a Montessori teacher and mother of 2 children. She loves to help parents bring Montessori into their daily lives in order to find ease and calm again in our families. Montessori is an alternative education system that focuses on the development of each child as a unique individual. Simone found this approach so useful when raising her own children. She was looking to find a way to be with her kids that wasn’t about bossing them about, threatening them and bribing them. Or giving them free reign either. And she wanted them to have a positive experience of school, not just to pass tests, but to love learning. Finding Montessori helped her so much and it’s now her passion to help other parents introduce these ideas in their homes too. Simone is the author of "The Montessori Toddler" and has set up The Montessori Notebook to give tips, answer questions, and provide e-courses for parents. She also runs parent-child Montessori classes in Amsterdam at Jacaranda Tree Montessori.
Sue DeCaro
The Art of Conscious Parenting in Toddlerhood
You will learn:
  •  What it means to consciously parent and how it allows you to see your unique child clearly
  •  How you can learn from your toddler rather than from reading a book 
  •  To make self-care an essential ritual 
  •  How to tune into your inner wisdom as a parent 
  •  The importance of curiosity and honoring your child’s needs 

Sue is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, educator, trainer, public speaker, writer, co-founder of Building Connected Communities, and a mother of two. Sue has presented at events featuring Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Anita Moorjani, Don Miguel Ruiz, and John O’Sullivan. Sue has been an invited guest on a number of well-known radio shows and podcasts as well as The Dr. Nandi Show. Her writings have been featured in numerous publications.
As founder of DeCaro Parent Coaching, a private practice supporting parents, Sue integrates education, consciousness, and coaching to help families grow and thrive. Sue’s training as a parent coach combined with experiences with her own family enable her to support every client with empathy and to craft a tailored approach to achieve their specific goals. 
Sue is also a co-founder of Building Connected Communities, a global hub of consciously aware thought leaders coming together to speak, educate, coach, and counsel to improve the way parents and educators interact with and support children in an advancing society. 
As a main stage speaker and educator, she travels extensively speaking to large and small groups, bringing more awareness to the way we live and raise our children. Sue offers workshops and her speaking engagements are designed and facilitated to motivate and empower parents.
Day 2
 Mindfulness, Meditation and Emotional Wellbeing for Parents
Sherianna Boyle
Emotional Detox for Parenting your Best
You will learn:
  •  What an emotional detox is and why we don’t need to get rid of our emotions to do it
  •  Why all of your emotions have value and how to turn them into a resource 
  •  What is really at the root of our emotions and how it affects our parenting 
  •  Why it’s important to actually feel our feelings and how to do it in a healthy way 
  •  How to release undigested and over-processed emotions from our minds and bodies 

Sherianna Boyle is the author of Emotional Detox, The Conscious Parenting Guide to Childhood Anxiety, The Four Gifts of Anxiety and four other book titles. She is an on line instructor for Spirituality & Health Magazine offering Emotional Detox courses. She travels with PESI Behavioral Health & Continuing Education providing courses in anxiety for professionals. She works privately as a C.L.E.A.N.S.E coach and C.L.E.A.N.S.E Yoga™ instructor. Her books and resources can be found at SheriannaBoyle.com

Lynyetta G. Willis, PhD
Understanding your Triggers 
and Embracing your Inner Critic 
You will learn:
  •  Why our feelings and emotions in the present moment trigger our past
  •  The effect our triggers have on our mind and body
  •  Why our triggers give our inner critic more power
  •  Dr. Lynyetta’s step by step process for disarming triggers 
  •  Exactly how to empower yourself and make peace with your inner critic 
Dr. Lynyetta G. Willis is a Family Life Coach, psychologist, multi-award winning author and creator of Elemental Living ModelTM for Family and Personal Leadership —a research-informed program that combines imagery, brain science, and psycho-spiritual principles. Dr. Willis loves empowering self-aware women to close the gap between how they show up and who they know they can be for themselves and their family. She is married with two children, ages 6 and 9. You can find her online here drlwillis.com
Alissa Marquess
Managing Anger in Parenting
You will learn:
  •  Understand the why behind your parenting anger and frustration
  •  The importance of identifying when we are getting angry
  •  How to press pause in the heat of the moment
  •  Tools for bouncing back from parenting anger 
Alissa Marquess is a mom to three, and the author of Bounceback Parenting: A Field Guide for Creating Connection, Not Perfection. She helps parents build loving, resilient relationships with their kids without the guilt. Online and in popular coaching sessions, she’s been inspiring parents around the world since 2010. You can find her online at BounceBackParenting.com.
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW
How Mindfulness Can Boost Your 
Parenting in Just 5 Minutes a Day
You will learn:
  •  The difference between mindfulness and meditation 
  •  How to use mindfulness and meditation to create a deeper connection with yourself and your children 
  •  The fail-proof way of learning to meditate 
  •  How to use mindful breaks to cultivate awareness and reduce stress 
  •  Mindful breaks that you can start incorporating into your life today in less than 5 minutes 
Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice with over twenty years experience, specializing in stress-related disorders and women’s issues. Trained as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher in 2006, Shonda presents workshops and keynotes in numerous settings. Her award-winning first book, Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms, is a Parent’s Magazine “Mom Must-Read.” She lives in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids, loves to play outside, and is perennially fascinated by what makes people tick. Shonda is hard at work on her forthcoming book, Breathe, Girlfriend, Breathe: A mindfulness-empowered guide for today’s over-scheduled, over-achieving, over-stressed woman (The Experiment Publishing, Fall 2019). You can find her online at ShondaMoralis.net
Hunter Clarke-Fields
Using Mindfulness and Self-care to Reduce our Reactivity to Toddler Behavior
You will learn:
  •  Understand what happens to our minds and bodies when we are triggered by toddler behavior
  •  How to cultivate more kindness, joy and curiosity for yourself and your toddler 
  •  Why mindfulness can help you manage your reactivity and disarm triggers 
  •  How to shrink the area of your brain responsible for the fight, flight or freeze stress response 
  •  Why it is not your child’s job to be your everything and how to light up your soul through self-care 
Hunter Clarke-Fields is a mindfulness mentor, coach, host of the Mindful Mama podcast, and creator of the Mindful Parenting course. She coaches moms on how to cultivate mindfulness in their daily lives. Hunter has over twenty years of experience in meditation and yoga practices and has taught mindfulness to thousands worldwide. She is also the mother of two active daughters, who challenge her everyday to hone her craft! Find out more about Hunter at MindfulMamaMentor.com.
Day 3
Nurturing Toddler Development Today for a Happy and Healthy Tomorrow
Laura Jana, MD, FAAP
The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today that Will Shape Your Child's Tomorrow
You will learn:
  •  Why toddlerhood is the target time to teach foundational skills
  •  How to stop unintentionally squashing your toddlers natural curiosity and foster it instead 
  •  Why toddlers struggle with impulsive control and at what age they are able to regulate their impulses 
  •  Why QI skills are vital to our future and how they complement IQ  
  •  3 simple activities you can do with your child each day to set them up for success
Dr Laura Jana is a board-certified pediatrician, early educator, health communicator, and nationally acclaimed parenting and children’s book author with a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center. Having first gained national recognition working with world-renowned pediatrician, Dr. Benjamin Spock, she has 20+ years experience working with parents, early educators, news media, academia, government organizations, non-profits and corporations alike. From her longstanding role as an early literacy advocate and 10-years as owner of a 200-student educational child care center to her recent role as Director of Innovation in Public Health) and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr Jana is dedicated to insuring that all children grow up with the support and skills they need to succeed in today’s world. In addition to her award winning parenting books Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality and Food Fights (both published by the American Academy of Pediatrics) and 3 children’s books covering toddler-relevant topics such as potty training and brushing teeth, her most recent books, The Toddler Brain: Nurture the Skills Today That Will Shape Your Child’s Tomorrow and Jumping Into Kindergarten, introduce the fundamentally important concept of QI Skills and convey the powerful role caring responsive adults play in their development during children’s foundational first 5 years. Find out more about Dr Laura here drlaurajana.com.
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.
Sense of Control: The Key to Self-Confidence
You will learn:
  •  Why having a healthy sense of control is the key to developing self-motivation
  •  Why toddlers need to know they produce joy in others 
  •  The key role you play as a parent in creating an environment that develops inner drive
  •  How parental anxiety and overreaction affects inner drive 
  •  Why children need to learn to cope with stress and how to help them 
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Childrens National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stixrud is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, motivation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He is a long-time practitioner of Transcendental Meditation and a rock and roll musician who plays in the bands Larry 2.0 and Close Enough.  
Dina Rose, PhD
It's Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating
You will learn:
  •  The power of focusing on creating healthy habits instead of nutrition
  •  Cultural beliefs and unconscious messages that contribute to food power struggles 
  •  Several tools managing picky eating and helping your child be an adventurous eater 
  •  The exact language to use when helping your toddler explore a new food 
  •  Why it’s important to give your toddler permission to use “negative” words 
Dina Rose, PhD is a nationally recognized sociologist and feeding expert. She is the author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee, 2014) and the creator of The Super Food Explorer Kit. Dina has been training parents, pediatricians, dieticians and early childhood educators in the Habits Approach for the past decade. Her message is pragmatic, memorable and so unique it has been called “transformational.” In addition to writing her own blog, It's Not About Nutrition, Dina is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Dina’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and a wide variety of other outlets. For media information and testimonials see www.itsnotaboutnutrition.com.
Jaime Spencer
Fine Motor Skills: What to Teach Before Writing
You will learn:
  •  Which fine motoring skills toddlers are focused on mastering
  •  The importance of crossing the midline and how it helps develop fine motor skills 
  •  How to help your toddler distinguish their hand preference 
  •  The vital skills to teach before handwriting 
  •  Everyday activities you can do with your toddler to help them develop fine motor skills 
Jaime Spencer is a pediatric Occupational Therapist with eighteen years of experience in the public school setting. She specializes in working with children with Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Learning Disabilities. She has also worked part-time for ten years in a sensory gym for preschool age children. In addition to being a licensed Occupational Therapist, she has a Masters degree in Special Education. Jaime is a certified Handwriting Specialist and recently completed a program in Assistive Technology from Northridge University of California. She is an active member of AOTA and a member of Kid Blogger Network. She is the author of the popular blog www.MissJaimeOT.com and was recently named in "Top Ten Pediatric Occupational Therapy Blogs".
Avital Schreiber Levy aka 
"The Parenting Junkie"
Alternative Schooling Options 
for Toddlerhood and Beyond
You will learn:
  •  How to help your child discover their gifts and interests.
  •  The 3 main types of educational paths you can choose for your toddler 
  •  5 steps for figuring out which educational path is best for your child 
  •  How to create an optimal environment for learning 
  •  Why being in a state of flow positively affects learning 
Avital is a Mindful Parenting Coach and Childhood Designer. Founder of TheParentingJunkie.com, Avital’s mission is to help parents and caregivers who struggle with chaos, clutter and conflict to transform their experience with young children into one of presence, play and peace. Trained in the Simplicity Parenting and Hand-in-Hand parenting disciplines, her work has been published in Huff Post, Motherly and is endorsed by the leaders in the Parenting space, Dr. Shefali Tsabary and Dr. Laura Markham. Avital has a global and thriving community of tens of thousands of individuals through her courses, coaching, blog and Present Play membership.
Day 4
Understanding the Needs and Emotions that Drive Toddler Behavior
Joseph Lee, M.D.
The Importance of Parenting your Toddler's Needs and Development - Not Their Behavior
You will learn:
  •  The pitfalls of conventional parenting
  •  Why parenting to the behavior is harmful to you toddler and for your relationship 
  •  Why focusing on needs and development is the key to effective parenting and building connection  
  •  The needs that drive toddler behavior and how to recognize them 
Dr. Joseph Lee is a husband, parent, and life-long learner. By profession, he is a Psychiatrist with a psychotherapy-based practice in the Los Angeles area, and he also speaks on topics like parenting, emotional competency, empathy, and spirituality. Put that together, and you also get a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) advocate in all contexts - home, school, work, and life. Learn more about Dr Lee here mentalhealthiness.com
Claire Lerner, LCSW-C
The Role of Temperment in Toddler Behavior
You will learn:
  •  How your child’s temperament affects their behavior
  •  What positive stress is and how it helps your toddler build resilience 
  •  How to navigate separation anxiety without accidentally intensifying it. 
  •  The power of observation for creating a deeper understanding of your toddler 
  •  Why toddlers sometimes laugh when they misbehave and how to respond 
Claire Lerner, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist. She served as the Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for more than 18 years, where she oversaw the development of all parenting educational content. Claire currently serves as the Senior Parenting Consulting at ZERO TO THREE to enable her to spend more time working directly with families. Claire has been a practicing clinician for over 30 years, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children. In addition, she provides consultation and training to local preschools and pediatric residents. Claire is also the author of numerous parenting publications, curricula and articles in addition to a podcast and video series for parents and professionals. Claire writes a column for PBSparents.org and has also written columns for Parenting: The Early Years and American Baby Magazines. She has been a source on early childhood development for NPR and numerous national daily newspapers such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Learn more about Claire here www.lernerchilddevelopment.com
Suzanne Tucker, PT
Creating a Calming Corner to Teach your Toddler Emotional Regulation
You will learn:
  •  The importance of mistakes, why we need to make it safe to fail and Suzanne’s favorite mantra for turning mistakes into a learning moment
  •  The difference between a time-out and a time-in and the effects of both on your toddler’s behavior and feelings 
  •  Why a calming corner promotes emotional regulation and how to create one 
  •  Exactly where learning happens in your toddlers brain and how to access that area 
  •  How emotional intelligence affects emotional regulation 
Suzanne Tucker, Founder, Generation Mindful has been a physical therapist, and parent educator since 1992. Suzanne founded Brentwood Center of Health, a holistic outpatient rehabilitation center in 2002 with her husband and has been teaching mindful parenting classes, including infant massage, for over two decades. In 2016, after a parent in one of her classes asked for help finding more practical ways to incorporate positive parenting into her busy life, Suzanne was inspired to found Generation Mindful, a mission-driven company creating educational products that connect the generations and build emotional intelligence playfully. Generation Mindful creates evidence-based, affirming tools for children, parents, educators, and therapists and is on a mission to end punitive child-rearing practices around the world. 
Lori Petro
Parenting your Highly Sensitive Toddler
You will learn:
  •  What it means to have a highly sensitive toddler, including types of sensitivities
  •  A common phrase we say in the heat of the moment that makes kids feel unsafe 
  •  How to use attachment and connection to build a sense of safety and stability 
  •  Strategies to help you cope with reactive behavior 
  •  How to help your toddler develop more flexibility and adaptability  
Lori Petro is Child Advocate, the founder of TEACH through Love and the creator of the Conscious Communication Cards. Lori is dedicated to helping parents learn to communicate without blame, shame, judgment, and guilt, and she created TEACH through Love as an online conscious parenting resource offering non-punitive and trauma-sensitive parenting education and support.
Amy C. Bryant, EdS, LPC
Creating Developmentally 
Appropriate Expectations
You will learn:
  •  Which behaviors are developmentally appropriate in toddlers
  •  How to create expectations that are appropriate for YOUR unique toddler 
  •  What impulse control has to do with developmentally appropriate expectations 
  •  How to create teachable moments by meeting your toddler’s underlying need 
  •  What to do when you don’t know how to respond to your toddler’s behavior
Amy is a mother, adventurer and psychotherapist in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in helping families develop strong relationships with each other through social-emotional parenting practices rooted in research on neuroscience and child development. Learn more about Amy here parentingbeyondpunishment.com.
Day 5
Embracing Toddlerhood While Overcoming Challenges
Devon Kuntzman
Releasing Control: How to Become an Influencer in your Toddler's Life.
You will learn:
  •  Why it’s impossible to control your toddler
  •  The #1 secret for creating cooperation with your toddler 
  •  Why releasing control of your toddler’s behavior will result in less power struggles, better behavior and less frustration for you both 
  •  How to release control without being permissive 
Devon Kuntzman, B.A. child development, RYT, is a toddler parenting coach on a mission to transform the myth that toddlerhood is terrible. Devon teaches parents it’s possible to embrace this sensitive developmental period and uncover the magic of toddlerhood while overcoming everyday challenges and keeping their sanity. As a coach, Devon empowers parents to transform their frustration, fear and self-doubt into confidence in their parenting. Over the last 15 years, Devon has dedicated her life to working with children and families. She has worked with hundreds of parents and children across three continents as a coach, former nanny for high-profile families and director of an orphanage in Rwanda.
Devon is a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, a graduate of the Wonder Weeks Academy Infant Mental Health and Development Program, a registered yoga teacher and the Founder of Transforming Toddlerhood. Devon is passionate about toddlers, green juice, reading, traveling and holistic living. When she isn’t working with parents and toddlers, Devon can be found on her yoga mat, riding her bicycle or drinking a kombucha (not all at the same time).
Patty Wipfler
Sleep, Sweet Sleep: Building your 
Child's Sleep Confidence
You will learn:
  •  What is sleep confidence and how it affects sleep
  •  The root of most toddler sleep challenges  
  •  Why fears and anxieties a toddler feel need to be released 
  •  3 proven tools you can start using today to overcome your toddler’s sleep challenges by building their confidence  
  •  Exactly how to handle tears at bedtime 
Patty Wipfler is the Founder of the nonprofit Hand in Hand Parenting. Hand in Hand offers a simple parenting approach that helps parents lift difficulties from their children’s lives and their own. Hand in Hand serves parents and professionals in the US and many other countries through classes, talks, trainings, and consulting. With Tosha Schore, MA, Patty has written Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. Over 800,000 copies of her Listening to Children booklets have been sold in English, Spanish, and 10 other languages. She is the mother of two sons.
Dr. Ross Greene
Parenting Through 
Explosive Behavior
You will learn:
  •  The reasons behind explosive behavior
  •  Exactly what your toddler’s behavior is telling you
  •  Common misconceptions we have about challenging behavior
  •  How to address the root cause of challenging behavior
  •  The pitfalls of focusing on behavior modification as a parenting practice
  •  Secrets for navigating explosive behavior that bring more peace for the entire family
  • 3 steps to solving behavior challenges through collaboration 
  •  Two perspective shifts that will empower your parenting
Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is also the developer and executive producer of the documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. He is adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand behaviorally challenging kids and their families, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in hundreds of schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint procedures and solitary confinement. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.
Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD
Overcoming Toddler Fears with Play
You will learn:
  •  How to become a more light-hearted parent without being permissive
  •  The power of observation for understanding your toddler 
  •  What deep play is and the benefits for your toddler 
  •  Why using play to alleviate toddler fears and anxieties works 
  •  Proven steps you can follow to use play to overcome fears 
Lawrence Cohen, PhD, is a psychologist and the author of Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry. He is also the co-author of The Art of Roughhousing and two books about children's social experience: Mom They're Teasing me and Best Friends Worst Enemies. His books have been translated into fourteen languages, and he travels across the US and the world presenting trainings and workshops.
Sandy Blackard
Change Challenges into Rewarding 
Moments: 3 Simple Steps
You will learn:
  •  3 steps to turn around challenging moments
  •  The exact phrase to use to move/shift whiny behavior 
  •  The pitfalls of justifying boundaries and what to do instead 
  •  The importance of do-overs and how to do them 
  •  How to meet your toddler’s need for power 
Sandy Blackard, award-winning author, parent coach, and founder of Language of Listening®, teaches parents and teachers simple coaching skills for working with children. She also offers advanced training for those who wish to become licensed Language of Listening® coaches. Sandy's three-step coaching model for bringing out the greatness in children is introduced in a handbook that has changed thousands of lives: SAY WHAT YOU SEE® for Parents and Teachers: More hugs. More respect. Elegantly simple. She is also co-author with Drs. Landreth, Bratton, and Kellam of Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) Treatment Manual, 1st ed. Sandy and her husband Patrick have raised two insightful daughters, Colleen and Betsy. You can find her handbook, blog articles, online classes, coaches training program, and more on her website: https://www.languageoflistening.com
Premium Conference Package Holders
Special Sessions on Toddler Parenting
Heather Shumaker
Redefining Sharing in Toddlerhood
You will learn:
  •  The difference between sharing on demand and child-led sharing (taking turns)
  •  The unspoken message we send to children about themselves when we enforce sharing on demand 
  •  How to empower your toddler while helping him/her develop inner generosity 
  •  The surprising moments of the day when you can make the most difference in your toddler’s life 
  •  How to accept your toddler’s feelings without condoning their behavior 
  •  How taking turns helps toddlers develop problem-solving, resilience and impulse control. 
  •  The exact phrases and tools you need to facilitate taking turns so you never have to be the referee again 
Heather Shumaker is a national speaker on early childhood topics and the author of two books of renegade parenting: It’s OK Not to Share (2012) and It’s OK to Go Up the Slide (2016). She’s an advocate for free play and no homework for young children and has been featured on NPR, Parenting, Parents.com, USA Weekend and other media. Heather is a graduate of Swarthmore College (BA) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MS) and the mother of two children. She hosts a blog and the podcast Renegade Rules. You can learn more about Heather and her newest books at www.heathershumaker.com.
Jennifer Pearce
Heart-led Learning and Living
You will learn:
  •  How to bring love to all emotions you and your toddler have
  •  Learn to lead with your heart, not only in parenting but in all aspects of your life 
  •  Cultivate courage in the face of fear 
  •  Learn about world schooling and how travel experiences shape your child 
  •  What your state of being has to do with your parenting and the importance of prioritizing it 
Jennifer is an enthusiast for intuitive, heart-led living who finds joy in creating life on the other side of her fears. Since 2009, she’s been an avid long-term traveler with her husband, Brandon, and their three daughters. Their journey is documented at www.PearceOnEarth.com on their family blog. They are the founders of the Family Adventure Summit, an event for families who value incorporating travel into their lifestyle, & the At Home in the World Family Retreat, which focuses on fostering deeper family connections.
Jennifer values showing up as her authentic self to truly come alive in this experience of life, and especially enjoys delving into the realm of interpersonal communication and relationships. She’s a certified high-performance coach, & loves sharing with others in this process of living into our full joy and potential to make a positive difference. She lives for discovering the interconnectedness of life & love, and making the most of it!
Penny Norkett
Tapping to Release and Move 
Through Uncomfortble Emotions
You will learn:
  •  What EFT is and how tapping can be a resource in your daily parenting challenges
  •  Which type of emotions can be released through tapping
  • Everything you need and exact steps for EFT so you can start tapping today
  •  The powerful effects of tapping by following along with Penny and Devon
Penny Norkett is an EFT Speed Tapping Coach. She quickly and gently guides you to the root of the issue so you can feel confident in your parenting ability. Penny loves helping women move through your emotions be it fear, anger, mom-guilt or sadness so you can enjoy the experience of parenting your child. She is the co-author of International Bestselling book, “100 Voices of Inspiration, Awakening & Empowerment.” Penny has been featured in various media outlets including The Huffington Post, The Mompreneur and Simply Woman online magazine and has shared her message on several stages. As the founder of “Claim Your Brilliance,” Penny affects change on a daily basis. Connect with Penny www.pennynorkett.com 
Isabelle Boesch
Honoring Yourself and Your Needs 
During the Toddler Years
You will learn:
  •  Why YOU matter (to yourself and to your kids) more than you know
  •  The seasons of life you go through as a mom 
  •  The importance of taking time to honor yourself and your work as a mom 
  •  How to move past the isolation of having young children so you can thrive 
I am the mother of two beautiful, divine children who rock my world and still have the ability to take my breath away. I am perceptive, intuitive and mother with my whole heart. I have taught yoga to mothers and children for the past 10 years . Some days I can be found dancing with my family. Other days you will find me simply staring at them in awe. I started Mom-Me Circle out of my own need for community. I wasn't even quite sure what I wanted it to be, but I knew I needed some sort of support.
Andrea Olson
Elimination Communication 
& Potty Training
You will learn:
  •  How to empower yourself and your toddler in the potty training process
  •  Why training babies into a diaper goes against their natural instincts 
  •  Why training is a learning experience that can start with part time 
  •  How potty training can meet a toddler’s developmental need of feeling capable  
  •  Learn the biggest myths surrounding potty training  
  •  How to shift our perspective around diapering 
  •  The difference between using a diaper as a toilet vs a tool  
  •  How to prepare for potty training
Andrea Olson is the owner of Go Diaper Free and Tiny Undies as well as the author of 3 books. She teaches new parents how to do elimination communication with their 0-18 month old babies. Additionally, Andrea teaches non-coercive, swift potty training for toddlers 18 months and up. She spends most of her time with her 4 children (7, 4, 2, and 1) and loves what she does. Her goal is to try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. www.godiaperfree.com
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