The days are long, but the years are short.

There are clear and practical steps you can take to connect more deeply and joyfully with your family.

Begin today.

Discipline: Warm, Firm and Calm

3-week class in Portland, Oregon begins on May 25th

The roots of the word discipline are instruction and learning. Knowing this: how in the world have we ended up at time-outs, sticker charts and "logical consequences"?

In this class, we will come back to our heart center around discipline.

Through exploration of the latest research around child development, small group work, experiential exercises, role-playing and lots of time for questions, this class will bring you clarity around discipline; discipline that is connected, warm, firm and calm.

This class is best-suited for parents and teachers of children from birth-12 years.

The understanding of relationship is infinitely more important than the search for any plan of action.

J. Krishnamurti

Simplicity Parenting 101

Simplicity Parenting 101 has kicked off its' Spring session! We're jumping right in with a discussion of how to align your parenting actions with your core values. 

Enrollment has ended for the Spring session of Simplicity Parenting 101. Missed the enrollment window? Sign up for my mailing list to get notices of my upcoming classes, including the next round of Simplicity Parenting 101. Can't wait that long? Check out my Family Coaching options, and we can work together on a schedule that works for you.

Handmade Parenting Classes & Support

Electronic Fast Support

Engaging in a "screen fast" with your child can be a powerful way to "reset" a system that isn't working well.

Many parents have had dramatically positive results from removing screens from their child's life for several weeks.

In order for a fast to be most effective, it is important to go about it in a clear, organized and deliberate manner.   I have helped many families change their relationships to screens and I would love to support your family through your electronic fast.

Discipline: Warm, Firm & Calm. Three-Week Class

This 3-week class will provide you with the tools and understanding you need to be the warm, firm and calm parent your child needs.

Class will include:

  • Lecture-style teaching,
  • Small group work,
  • Experiential art activities
  • Improvisation,
  • and time to connect with other parents

Family Coaching

I offer support to parents around many parenting issues. Areas of expertise include:

  • Creating stronger family rhythms,
  • Setting up bedrooms and play spaces to cultivate deep play,
  • Increasing family connection,
  • Creating meal plans,
  • Preserving childhood
  • Teaching warm, firm and kind limit-setting and discipline.

Client Love

JillianLisa creates a warm and welcoming space for parents to share, question and explore simpler choices together...this time reflecting and being reflected has been a highlight of my week and continues to inform my parenting path. Lisa brings a light heart and a celebratory spirit; she is lovely, highly-skilled and clearly dedicated to her own inner parenting work.

Jillian Nelson

image1One of Lisa's greatest strengths is presenting material in a way that it can be used without a lot of practice.  I notice immediate benefits at home after one of her classes.  She seems to continuously study because she always finds new information that fits the topic at hand.  I appreciate her mix of teaching, using guided meditations (one from a few years ago that I use to this day) personal mantras and experiences that make her classes relatable, down to earth and the most worthwhile parenting help I have found. 

Sonja Geisler

JenniferOhnoI recently took Simplicity Parenting 101 and loved it. I found it to be a parenting approach that is in alignment wth my deeper sense of relationship with my daughter. It's drawn my attention to being more present and creating a very valuable rhythm in our lives.  Lisa is an amazing teacher; her stories bring simplicity parenting to life and create a vivid reference point for the teachings. I highly recommend her courses and, personally, I can't get enough of them!

Jennifer Ohno

AndreaTaking Simplicity Parenting 101 has been one of the best things I've done for myself and my family. The recommendations have been simple, yet have had profound effects on our family life.

Andrea Livingston

DreLisa's Simplicity Parenting 101 and Simplicity Summer Workshop have had an incredible impact on my parenting. My favorite part of the class series was when we explored scheduling. We didn't have much on our calendar as we had already found that simplicity in our daily and weekly schedule served our children well. However, the way in which Lisa brought the information, I was able to see ways that, even with our simple schedule, my children were experiencing overwhelm. I became a keen observer of my children's play and learned how and when we needed to make shifts in our activities. This had an extremely positive impact on my children. I saw less meltdowns and sibling conflicts! I've read lots of parenting books and have taking a couple other classes but I have to say, Lisa's class gave me some serious tools for my parenting toolbox that I have come to heavily rely on!

Dre Davey

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Practical Conversation about Screen Time (a podcast)

Last week, Mel Avila and I had a great conversation about the nuts and bolts of reducing screen time in our families. Mel’s podcast, Raising Playful Tots, is a great source of practical parenting tips, ideas and discussion. Listen to the 40-minute podcast here and then leave a comment about the one thing that most stuck with you…

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