Parenting Classes

Today’s parents have found that:

  • Times have changed. You may not want to ask your parents for parenting advice.
  • Gathering reliable parenting information is complicated. You don’t know whom to trust.
  • Positive parenting is new. You want to learn more about how to parent in a loving way.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the research-based positive parenting approach. One way to explain this approach is through the work of Jane Nelson who wrote Positive Discipline. Positive Discipline provides a roadmap for using positive parenting tools which are encouraging and effective long term. It is very well-regarded.

In positive parenting, discipline means to teach. The Positive Discipline approach is about being kind and supportive while teaching and guiding the child to do better ‘next time.’

Understanding your child’s development and temperament will help. Finding out why your child is behaving in a certain way can help, too.

So why learn this approach?

Using a respectful and effective approach with children will yield a better parent-child relationship and better behavior in the near term. Research shows that in the long run this approach will help the child to have better relationships with friends, do better academically, be less likely to be obese, more likely to engage in safe behavior as a teen, and less likely to engage in binge drinking.

In Positive Discipline, parents are encouraged to work with their children by “winning children over” instead of “winning over children.” Using this approach makes for more effective parenting and more cooperative children. You will feel calmer and more confident during those difficult moments. These classes will help you make your family life better.

These classes will present tools and phrases that will help you solve your parenting problems, including holding problem-solving family meetings with elementary-aged children and teens and using time-outs in an effective way.

Upcoming classes:

Positive Discipline offers a WIN-WIN approach that makes for more effective parenting and more cooperative children. You will feel calmer and more confident during those difficult moments. This class will help you make your family life better.

When there is more certainty about how best to parent, there is less stress. When there is less stress, the children will be happier. They will feel more loved and will be more loving. Everyone will feel better about being in your family.

Less Stress = More Happiness = More Love All Around

“I think I love you more.” This is what a young boy told his mother after class.

The classes will meet on Zoom. This is a convenient way to meet. There is no commute, and you may not need a baby-sitter.

These classes will provide a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment where you can ask questions and get answers in real-time as we go through the class content. This is a LIVE program; it is not recorded. 

These classes will be facilitated by Jennifer Watanabe, a long-time parent educator, child behavior consultant, and parent coach. She teaches/coaches/consults in a respectful, non-judgmental, and encouraging way. 

  • Retired from Bellevue College, WA state after 24 years of teaching parenting classes
  • Certified Parent Coach from Seattle Pacific University’s Parent Coaching Institute since 2007
  • Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator since 2011

Recommended resource: Positive Discipline Workbook – either hard copy or e-version

Consulting services are also available on Zoom, on the phone, or in-person.

If you would like to learn more about these classes, coaching, or consulting please contact me: or 206-399-4355 okay to text.

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Teaching, coaching, and consulting are not therapy. Therapy TREATS emotional wounds and can be a much-needed family resource. Teaching presents new information. Consulting and coaching acknowledge the past. Parents can CREATE a plan for moving forward.

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