Hi! My name is Casey. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with my 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, as well as my amazingly supportive partner. I grew up as the oldest of five siblings in a very blended family in the sunshine of Southern California.
My work has connected me with hundreds of families over the past 19 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.
I felt fortunate for the opportunity to choose to stay home while my children were young, and I believed, in light of 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 care-free spirit. But after becoming a mama, I noticed that all sorts of darkness was being stirred up by the challenges of being home raising my two kids. I was grateful to find the Positive Discipline philosophy when I did. It made such an huge impact on my family that I decided to teach it in my community.
Now, over 10 years later, I have led countless workshops for parents, both in person and online, and I have been walking my talk (mostly ;) ) through all the trials and development of my two kids. In the spring of 2015, I launched the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast where my real, raw and creative guest interviews and solo shows are designed to support, inspire and inform others on the parent journey.
The lessons and the learning continue for me. 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 an awareness of 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.
Joyful Courage is about showing up, grateful for the opportunity to practice being our best selves, 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 lifelong journey we are all walking together; to offer a space for parents to clarify and explore what it means to live and love from their center.