My name is Casey. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter... I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I grew up as the oldest of five in a very blended/mixed family in the sunshine of Southern California.
I love my life.
My work has connected me with hundreds of families over the past 16 years... Prior to starting my own business, I was the Family Programs Coordinator at my local YMCA, and before that, I was an elementary school teacher in the three room school house in the Cascade Mountains. I earned my Master's Degree in Education while teaching, and stepped out of the classroom when I had my first child.
Once I became a mama, I was fortunate enough to get to choose to stay home while my children were young. I was grateful for this opportunity and believed, having my education background, that I had learned all I needed to show up as calm and connected for my kids... Ha.
The journey of parenting,
and the lessons my kids showed up to teach me,
took me by surprise...
Prior to having kids, I saw myself as a carefree spirit, and noticed that all sorts of darkness was being stirred up by the challenges of being home with my two kids. I was grateful to find the Positive Discipline philosophy when I did, and it made such an huge impact on our family, I decided to teach it in my community.
Now, 8 years later, I have led over 30 workshops for parents, and I have been walking my talk (mostly ;) ) through all the trials and development of my two kids.
I now live with and love a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. The lessons and the learning continue. My offers now reflect the transformation that is available within our relationships with our kids... Because it isn't enough to have the tools, parents must also have a relationship with what is happening for them emotionally as they face the challenges in front of them.
Parenting isn't about them, it's all about us.
I know, brutal.
Joyful Courage is about showing up, grateful for the opportunity to practice being our best self, even when it is hard to do. My mission is to work with parents in a way that broadens their perspective on parenting, behavior and this life long journey we are all walking together... To offer a space for parents to clarify and explore what it means to move and love from their center.
I am always looking for more ways to connect and share this work - please be sure to check out all the online and live offers on the website and let me know how I can be in service to you or your community!
I am honored to be a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer.
Positive Discipline is a program developed by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott, and based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. There is an extensive library of books dedicated to meeting the needs of parents living and loving a variety of ages of kids and family systems.
At the heart of Positive Discipline is the idea that children grow into healthy, happy adults when they are raised in encouraging homes, practicing life skills and receiving unconditional love.
Positive Discipline parents are dedicated to walking their parenting path with kindness and firmness. Kindness shows up in the way they interact with their children, honoring their dignity and respecting their needs. Firmness shows up when parents respect themselves and the needs of the situation, as well as following through with what they say they are going to do.
Parents are the holders of the shared vision for the family. Parents are responsible for modelling, teaching and and creating space to practice the life skills they will need to embody as adults. The Positive Discipline home is one that embraces horizontal relationships and skill building.
Parents are the leaders of the family. The most effective leaders move through the world with integrity, are open to continuously learning to be better versions of themselves, are pro-active, listen to understand, look for solutions to problems, and develop encouraging relationships.
Parents who commit to Positive Discipline are invited to embody all of these traits and more. Through family meetings, joint problem solving, creating routines and agreements, PD parents provide the gift of allowing their children to use their voice and experience what it is like to be deeply respected...