Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. But she's also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.
Her relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems to sass talk and cell phones.
What's her philosophy?
1. Children who feel connected WANT to cooperate. They need guidance -- limits with empathy when necessary -- but never punishment. When they can't connect and cooperate, it's because they need our help with their emotions.
2. Job One for parents is managing our own emotions, so we can help our children manage theirs.
This kind of Peaceful Parenting raises happy, responsible, compassionate children.
It's easy to connect with Dr. Laura. You can get her Daily Inspiration emails in your In Box at no charge. Here's an example; just click in the upper left hand corner to subscribe. You can also join her community on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.
Dr. Laura's book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, will be released by Penguin-Perigee in November 2012. Pre-order now here (this link will be live in August 2012) to get yours as soon as it's available. In the meantime, you can order her ebooks and audios here.
Invite Dr. Laura to speak to your group! If she won't be in your area soon to meet with you in person, she'll be happy to speak with your group live via skype. To find out whether Dr. Laura will be in your area soon, please email. Dr. Laura also offers limited one on one coaching, both in person and via telephone or skype; please email to see if she has any openings.
The founding editor of AhaParenting.com, Dr. Laura also serves as parenting expert for Mothering.com, Pregnancy.org, and several other websites. She makes frequent TV and radio appearances and has written hundreds of articles published on over a dozen websites, including SheKnows.com, Storknet.com, ParentingBookmark.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, HealthyWealthyWise.com, MomsWhoThink.com, CanadianParents.ca, and ToddlersToday.com.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two terrific teenagers.
"In my view, parents today are heroes, simply by getting up each morning determined to do their best for their children..."
"I help parents transform their relationships with their children, drawing on my Psychology Ph.D., the latest scientific research, my spiritual insights, and my mom-in-the-trenches experience."
"My mission in life is to transform parenting in western culture from control to loving relationships, so that children are better parented and grow up to be compassionate, responsible, well-adjusted human beings who will make the world a better place."
Why does parenting matter? Ultimately, whether things change for the better in our world will depend on the quality of the human beings we are creating, every day, in our families.
Everything – even, perhaps, whether our planet survives – depends on how we shape the next generation or two of human beings. In a very real way, the future of the world rests on the shoulders of parents.