While many examples will be about younger children, the principles apply to all age kids, so the content of this course will be applicable to most stages of your journey as a parent: whether your child is just crawling, a toddler, five, eight or even eighteen years old. In fact, many course participants say the course improved their relationships with spouses and work colleagues.
But because the challenges facing parents during the preteen and teen years are so different, this course is primarily designed primarily for parents of kids who are ten years or younger. If you’re not sure whether this course will be relevant to you, please read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. If you find the book relevant and useful, you will find the course relevant and useful.
Yes! This is an opportunity to put guided effort and energy into your family life to fine-tune your approach and shift things to a new level. You'll learn specific skills to strengthen your relationships, work through your own issues, and coach your child. And you'll find by the end of the course that you have a lot less drama and a lot more love in your home.
(Or continue below to see everything you get with this course.)
Every Friday for 12 weeks, you’ll receive a new audio lesson from Dr. Laura, along with a transcript, journal prompts, exercises to do with your child, handouts, five short daily meditation audios and other resources. Over the course of each week, explore and learn at your convenience. Everything is self-paced, so you never need to worry about falling behind. You have lifetime access! The course includes:
Hear Dr. Laura’s tone of voice in examples of everyday parenting challenges. Transcripts included.
4 minute inspirations to help you rewire your brain for more calmness and presence.
Dr. Laura answers questions from course participants. (You can also submit questions in advance.)
Weekly assignments to do with your child, journal prompts, reminders to post on your refrigerator.
Course participants and grads only, moderated by Dr. Laura’s trained coaches.
The "Conscious Co-Parenting" series & other audios and ebooks from the Aha! Parenting website plus exclusive interviews.
I just feel like I have learnt so much and that this will change me forever. I was struggling with parenting my three small boys and felt like I was failing, even though I know I am a loving parent at heart. I now see that my embarrassment when they behaved in a certain way was due to past feelings of shame. I am already seeing major differences in their behavior and our relationship.
The audio on discipline was so eye opening. The way Dr. Laura "role played" was helpful too, better than reading suggestions in a book.
I'm so much more in control of my anger now. Even when I lose it, I can calm myself quicker.
The content of this course has been priceless. Her teaching using science and research fit well with my brain as I work in the medical field. It was a key for me to begin to understand my children differently. I am hopeful for the future after having several years of mostly despairing as a parent.
I've made more progress with regulating my emotions than in 30 years of individual therapy. More focused time with my kids has made a HUGE improvement in their attachment. I wasn't prepared to admit how the problem with my kids was actually a problem with me until this course walked me through a less judgmental path to self-reflection in this area. Once I could examine my own behavior with kindness and gentleness, it became less intimidating to change it!
I LOVE THE SCRIPTS that Dr. Laura gives us. It helps when I don't know what to say.
It really cemented what I had read in the book and on the website - but "hearing" it has made it sink in more. So for me I really took a lot more from the "It all starts with me" aspect, self care and finally at the age of 40 I am aware of what unconditional love really is!!
This course was better than I ever expected. It has changed not only my parenting life, but the way I relate to my husband, neighbors, friends and family...the concepts are universal!
I kept finding myself in disbelief at the quality, and the level of revelation and wisdom, and the amount of material presented in Dr. Laura's course. It was by far the most satisfied I have ever felt with an online course! I kept thinking to myself, I just can't believe how good this is, and how much information she is providing...answering my deepest heart questions, freely sharing from her rich background and experience! I was blown away!
When I started this course, my 6 year old girl was an intensely explosive, defiant, rude, aggressive and generally very, very difficult kid. I was walking on eggshells every single day, terrified of asking her to perform a simple task around the house or even do something like repeat herself when I didn't hear her soft voice from the backseat because seemingly everything triggered a volcanic meltdown. Slowly, she has somehow morphed into a little girl who let me sleep in this morning while she drew pictures, who responds to my requests with kindness, who freely expresses generosity and gratitude, and who today asked me, "Can I do some chores?" I am grateful, surprised, and frankly, incredibly relieved. Parenting an explosive child frequently feels like torture. Tonight I am deeply thankful for this class.
You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149
In this session, I’ll introduce you to the 3 big ideas that will change your life as a parent and shift your family, over the next 12 weeks, to less drama and more love.
You’ll learn tools this week to notice when you’re getting close to the edge, and powerful practices to return yourself to calm. If you’re a yeller, here’s where you take your Vow of Yellibacy.
Parenting is 80% connection and only 20% guidance, because until children feel connected they have no reason to follow our guidance. In this session, you’ll learn best practices for staying connected with your child, and specific tools for reconnecting after tough times.
This week you'll learn how emotions work, including some secrets about anger that most people don't know, how to help your child empty a full emotional backpack, and how to heal even the most turbulent emotions. We'll practice using empathy, your magic wand, to give your child's brain the best possible environment to learn to self-regulate.
In this session, we'll discuss why children misbehave and what the research says about the best way to guide your child and teach the important lessons. You'll learn how children develop self-discipline and impulse control and why time-in works while time-out doesn't. We'll practice setting limits that stick, without power struggles or drama.
You know those problems that always seem to blow up in your face and land your family in the breakdown lane? You can avoid most of those surprises with preventive maintenance. This week we'll explore the power of routines, empathy, special time, scheduled meltdowns and other preventive maintenance practices.
If you've been relying on bribes, threats and punishment to get your child to cooperate, you can expect some bumps as you and your children learn new patterns of relating. This week you'll learn some tips to make this transition easier for your family.
You can only give your kids what you have inside. This week, you'll create a self-care plan to keep your cup full, so you can be emotionally generous with others. We'll focus a lot on emotional self-care, or how to parent yourself!
This week we explore how children develop the fortitude that leads to mastery. We'll practice encouraging rather than praising, and learn how to find the sweet spot between free range and helicoptering.
Those times when you say or do something you later regret? They're always when you're triggered, so you get hijacked by anger. This week, I'll guide you to begin identifying and healing those triggers, so you don't get upset so often, and can recover more quickly when you do.
This week, we'll apply the peaceful parenting principles to raising siblings, so you can stop the fighting and raise children who will be friends for life. You'll learn simple yet powerful ways to foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, and teach your kids to navigate conflict constructively.
This week, Dr. Laura answers questions from Course participants in a Live Call. We'll celebrate how far you've come! And we'll help you put together a plan to use what you've learned, every day, to stay on track in the future.
You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149
(Still have a question? See the frequently asked questions below)
A: It’s a course that is offered via the internet and the phone, so it gives you a wonderful way to engage with both recorded lectures and a live Q and A session with course instructor Dr. Laura Markham from the comfort of your own home!
A: The next course begins on Friday, April 6, 2018. Your audio lecture and five daily inspiration meditations for the week will be released each Friday, along with accompanying handouts, homework assignments, journaling prompts, guided meditations and other resources. This is a self-paced course, so you can work with the materials at your own pace. You can download everything, and you also have lifetime access to all the recordings and course materials.
A: The time will fly by, because we're going to send you Dr. Laura's book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids so you can start reading right away. Try some ideas and keep a list of any questions that arise for you.
In the meantime, please be sure you're subscribed to the free Aha! Parenting Magazine. You'll learn terrific parenting tips and tools that you can begin using even before the course starts. To subscribe, scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email in the subscription blank.
A: Great! We're using it as the text for this Course, so you'll want to review it. But during registration, you'll have the opportunity to choose Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings instead. (Have both books? Wonderful! You still get a book with the Course. They make great gifts!)
A: This is a self-paced course, so that's no problem. Each week, we have a different focus, and the topics build on each other. If you miss any of sessions, you can access all the course session recordings and other materials on your own account page on the Aha! Parenting website. This is the beauty of this format, especially for parents. You can work with this course material at the time that is most convenient for you and your family. Many people self-pace and take a full six months to complete the course. Some people finish it and immediately begin it again.
A: NEVER! You have lifetime access to the course. You can even opt in to participate with each new cohort, which gives you access to any improvements and upgrades, and to Dr. Laura's email announcements about that week's topic. You won't receive another book or be able to participate live on the call, which is reserved for the current cohort, but when you repeat the course you will be able to listen to the recordings of all live calls from all cohorts.
A: Yes! The Peaceful Parenting Collective on Facebook is a private forum, available only to parents who are participating in this online course or who are past graduates of it. This is a wonderful community for parents to ask questions, share successes and frustrations, and give each other support and encouragement. The admins of this Facebook Group are parenting coaches trained by Dr. Laura, but the forum is designed primarily as a way for parents to support each other. You'll be invited to join beginning in Week One of the Course.
There is also a live call for the parents in the course to ask Dr. Laura a question, in Week 12 of the Course.
A: Your investment in this 12-week course is $149. When you enroll, your partner who lives with you can enroll at no charge and get their own account to access the course materials. The course includes 11 weekly audio lectures and transcripts, 60 short daily inspiration audios, one copy of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids mailed to you anywhere in the world, a Live Call with Dr. Laura where she answers questions, a number of audios and ebooks that are available for sale on the Aha! Parenting website but are given free to course participants, and various bonus audio interviews and "how to" videos. Everything is downloadable. And your enrollment in the Course never expires -- you get lifetime access!
A: Yes, we make sure that a certain percentage of spaces are available for partial scholarships. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please send us a maximum of 1 page detailing why you should receive one of these scholarships: Administrator@AhaParenting.com.
Please be sure to include your location (state/country), number of children and ages, whether you already own Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids and/or Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, and how you heard about the course.
The deadline for scholarship applications for the Spring course is Friday March 16. If you know you want to apply, please don't wait. Every time the deadline passes, we hear from parents who wish they had applied for the scholarship but missed the deadline. You can email Administrator@AhaParenting.com and ask to receive a reminder so that you don't miss the deadline.
A: It's true that most courses that are three months long and give you lifetime access, with an ongoing forum and so many audios and other materials, are priced much higher. In fact, one of the bonuses in this course (the "Conscious Co-Parenting" five-hour audio series) is sold on the Aha! Parenting website for $59 just by itself.
But Dr. Laura wants to get these tools and ideas into the hands of as many parents as possible, so she purposely keeps the price as low as possible. As features are added to the course the price may go up somewhat, but Dr. Laura is committed to keeping it affordable for parents.
A: Great! Many course participants live outside the US. Peaceful parenting is a worldwide movement. Welcome!
A: This is an online course that gives you audio lessons and meditations to listen to, and handouts and other homework for self-directed learning. It is not anything like therapy, which gives you personalized support from a trained therapist who meets with you in person. For parents who have trauma backgrounds, I recommend that you tackle deep work only with the support of a local counselor. The reason we leave the "Healing Your Triggers" lesson for late in the course is that by then parents who are participating in the course will be aware of their own triggers. Parents have the option in that week of working simply on their own self-regulation, or working with their own counselor on a trigger, or skipping the lesson entirely.
A: Kids who have special needs will be a handful for most parents, whether those needs are sensory issues, health issues, a diagnosis of being on the spectrum, or attachment issues from adoption. These parents need as much support as possible.
Will Peaceful Parenting be "enough" for a family with a special needs child? Maybe not. For instance, a child with sensory issues needs early OT intervention to retrain the brain. A child with attachment issues from foster care or adoption needs therapy with their parent to strengthen the attachment relationship.
But I have seen that learning to use the peaceful parenting approach is even MORE important for families with special needs kids, because it helps parents self-regulate and connect, as well as coach. The basic peaceful parenting approach is:
1. Regulate your own emotions. Even harder with a special needs child, but they are often even more sensitive to your anger than other children.
2. Connect. Often even harder, but even more important, because why else will they follow your lead? If your child has attachment issues and you get counseling support for your relationship, you'll want to further support your bond using the peaceful parenting tools.
3. Coach instead of punishing. Most "experts" give advice that centers on rewards and punishments. I believe that all humans deserve the dignity of being coached to be their best selves, rather than punished when they don't behave as we'd like. Special needs children have a different experience of the world than we do, and it must often frighten them. When they act out of fear, they deserve love, not punishment. Of course we will need to set limits, but we can set those with love. It's also more effective in gaining cooperation, because ALL humans have the instinct to "follow" only those who have their best interests at heart, and rebel against being controlled.
A: The course is usually offered in January and September. Sometimes it is also offered in April. But if you think you'd like to take the course, don't wait. Registering for the next course gives you lifetime access, including to any improvements in the course, even if the price goes up.
A: You have Dr. Laura's No-Risk Personal Guarantee: If at any point during the first month (which is the first third of the course) you aren't completely thrilled by what you're getting out of it, just email Administrator@AhaParenting.com asking for a refund and your payment (minus the cost of the book and a small processing fee) will be cheerfully refunded, no questions asked.
That means that refunds will be given for any cancellation received via e-mail at any time before the Friday when Session 5 is released. We will deduct $15 for your copy of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, which you may keep, as well as an additional $20 for postage and course processing. (If you are not in the United States, any additional postage for mailing your book will also be deducted.)
So you get the first month to "try out" the Course, plus the book, with no risk. As Dr. Laura says, that first month is enough to change your life!
After Week 5 begins, no refunds will be made on any cancellations received.
Please Note: If you sell a similar parenting program or course, you will not be eligible for a refund.
A: No worries. You have lifetime access to the Course materials. You can begin the Course again at any time.
A: If you have any questions, or encounter any difficulties registering, please contact us at Administrator@AhaParenting.com and we’ll be happy to help you!
"Dr. Laura-- I can’t thank you enough. Even though I’m not quite putting it all into practice, this keeps me on track when I falter as I do every single day!”
We all get by with a little help from our friends, and we all need constant support (internal and external) to stay on track. Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever have. Why not give yourself the support you deserve, so you can enjoy the journey?
Her first book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, has rapidly become a word-of-mouth bestseller as readers post reviews on Amazon testifying to the changes in their families. In this course, Dr. Laura walks you through the lessons in the book, deepening your understanding, answering your questions, and helping you put this approach into practice with your own child.
She dedicates her practice to helping parents transform their relationships with their children. She's counseled thousands of families, so she gives you hands-on, parent-proven strategies that are guaranteed to shift the dynamic in your home for the better. And she's also a mom, so she understands how hard it is -- and how to make it easier.
Whether you're looking for an Aha! moment to transform your child, or learning to regulate your own emotions, Dr. Laura Markham's been there. Let her be your guide. It takes about 90 days to develop a habit. Why not try this course for 90 days and see what kind of change you can make?
(Less drama. More love. What do you have to lose?)
You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149