Peaceful Parent Happy Kids Online Course

The next course begins in early April 2019.  Registration will open on 

 

February 4

You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149 USD.

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for those who register in the first two weeks of registration.
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This course is for you if:

  • You want to help your child WANT to cooperate, without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment.
  • You want support to be more peaceful as a parent.
  • You want to yell less and connect more.
  • You want strategies for those moments when you’ve tried everything you can think of and you’re stuck.
  • You just wish someone would give you the words to say.
  • You want to strengthen and sweeten your relationship with your child before he or she gets into the more difficult years ahead.
  • You and your partner want to get on the same page with peaceful parenting. Both parents who live together enroll for the price of one.
  • You know you could handle things better with your child, but you get too angry.
  • You’ve read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids or you follow the Aha! Parenting newsletters, but you want more support to put the theory into practice. This course deepens the work of the book and gives more focus than the newsletters.
  • You’re a coach or parent educator. This Course will help you support parents more effectively. And when Dr. Laura Markham accepts a new group of trainees to become certified as Aha! Parenting Educators, taking this course before applying for the Certification Training will be a required prerequisite.

Things are basically fine at my house. Will I still find this course 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 by the end of the course that you have a lot less drama and a lot more love in your home.


The next course begins in early April 2019.  Registration will open on 

 

February 4

You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149 USD.
(And don't miss the early bird discount of 10% off
for those who register in the first two weeks after registration opens!)


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More than 7000 parents have transformed their parenting by taking this course.

What You’ll Get:

Every Thursday for 12 weeks, you’ll receive a new audio lesson, 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:

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    11 Weekly Audios

    Hear Dr. Laura Markham’s tone of voice in examples of everyday parenting challenges. Transcripts included.

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    60 Audio Inspirations

    4 minute inspirations to help you rewire your brain for more calmness and presence.

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    A Live Call

    Dr. Laura Markham answers questions from course participants. (You can submit questions in advance.)

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    Practical Exercises

    Weekly assignments to practice this approach with your child, plus journal prompts and reminders to post on your refrigerator.

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    Private Facebook Group

    Course participants and grads support each other, moderated by Dr. Laura's trained coaches.

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    Extras

    Including the "Conscious Co-Parenting" series (a $59 value) & other audios and ebooks from the Aha! Parenting website, plus exclusive interviews.

ALSO INCLUDED:

“Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids”  is the text for this Course. If you have it, we'll send you “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings”

Books by Dr. Laura Markham
 

Already have both of those? For a small surcharge, you can choose “The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids WORKBOOK"

What Parents Say About This
Online Course

Natalee - mother of 2 year-old

Suzana - mother of 4, 6, 8, 10, and 14 year-old

Emily - mother of 8 year-old

Kat - mother of 2, 5, and 7 year-old

(From parent evaluations)

"I took the online course last year. At that point our barely 3 year old was struggling with the arrival of her baby brother. More than a year in and their relationship is blossoming, and I feel better able to guide them both through the ups and downs of childhood."

"I just feel like I have learned 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."

"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!!"

"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 have to say that, as an African American single mama, I appreciate the diversity of the images presented throughout the website. I felt that Dr. Laura really worked to include a range of diverse parents and faces. Seeing that diversity actually made me willing to listen and believe her more: if she can take the time to make sure many faces and ideas are reflected, then I can take the time to work on being a great parent. Thank you. I'm sad to see the course end, actually. I've recommended it to all my friends."

"I think my favorite thing about Dr. Laura is her positive perspective without being hokey. She makes you feel like any step forward is good & you don't have to beat yourself up for still screwing up & not getting it all right on the first try. It makes something as huge & overwhelming as overhauling your brain wiring seem somehow achievable. Honestly, I'd say it's the best time & money I've ever spent!!"

The next course begins in early April 2019.  Registration will open on 

 

February 4

You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149 USD.
(And don't miss the early bird discount of 10% off
for those who register in the first two weeks after registration opens!)


Registration Opens In:

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What You Will Learn:

Week 1
Peaceful Parenting 101

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.

Week 2
Regulating Your Own Emotions

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.

Week 3
Connecting with Your Child

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.

Week 4
Parenting for Emotional Intelligence

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.

Week 5
Discipline

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.

Week 6
Preventive Maintenance

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.

Week 7
Tips for the Transition to Peaceful Parenting

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.

Week 8
Self-Care

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!

Week 9
Mastery: Developing resilience, self-discipline and grit.

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.

Week 10
Healing Your Triggers

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.

Week 11
Siblings

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.

Week 12
Putting it all together

This week, Dr. Laura Markham 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.

The next course begins in early April 2019.  Registration will open on 

 

February 4

You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149 USD.
(And don't miss the early bird discount of 10% off
for those who register in the first two weeks after registration opens!)


Registration Opens In:

Get Notified

 

(Still have a question? See the frequently asked questions below)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: What is an online course?
    • A: It’s a course that is offered via the internet and the phone, so it gives you a wonderful way to engage with recorded lectures, an online forum, and a live Q and A session with course instructor Dr. Laura Markham from the comfort of your own home!

  • Q: When exactly does this course happen?
    • A: The next course begins on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Your audio lecture and five daily inspiration meditations for each week will be released each Thursday, 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 have lifetime access to the online forum and all the course materials on the website, and you can also download all materials.

  • Q: It seems like a long time until the course begins!
    • 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. (If you already have it, just choose one of her other books at checkout.) Try some ideas and keep a list of any questions that arise for you.

      In the meantime, please be sure you're subscribed to Dr. Laura's free, inspiring, weekly Parenting Tips. You'll learn terrific parenting tools that you can begin using even before the course starts.

  • Q: What if I already own the book Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids?
    • 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. And if you already have both books (or you only have one child so you don't need the Sibling book), you can get Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids WORKBOOK for a small surcharge. Have all three books? Wonderful! You still get a book with the Course. They make great gifts!

  • Q: What if I'm not able to listen to a session some week?
    • 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 a session, you can access all the course 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.

  • Q: When does the course expire?
    • A: NEVER! You have lifetime access to this 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 in the Week 12 live call, which is reserved for the current participants, but when you repeat the course you will be able to listen to the recordings of the live calls from all current and past courses.

  • Q: Is there a forum for the parents in the course to ask questions?
    • 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 admin of this Facebook Group is a parenting coach that Dr. Laura trained and supervises, 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 three hour live call in Week 12 of the Course. Dr. Laura takes live questions, and answers presubmitted questions. One per family, please, so reserve this for your biggest questions!

  • Q: How much does this course cost?
    • A: Your investment in this 12-week course is $149 USD. 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!

      Best of all, if you register during the first two weeks that registration is open -- November 19 through December 3 -- you get the Early Bird discount, so you get 10% off the already low price of the course! (Use the discount code EARLY BIRD at checkout.)

  • Q: Why is this course so inexpensive?
    • 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, the very popular "Conscious Co-Parenting" five-hour audio series is usually sold on the Aha! Parenting website for $59 -- and it's just one of the free bonuses you receive as part of this course!

      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.

  • Q: Are there scholarships available for this course?
    • A: The scholarship deadline for the Winter course was Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Please email Administrator@AhaParenting.com if you would like to be notified about Scholarships for the Spring course.

  • Q: What if I live outside the US?
    • A: Great! Many course participants live outside the US. Peaceful parenting is a worldwide movement. Welcome!

  • Q: Is this course helpful for parents of special needs kids?
    • 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 benefits from early OT intervention to retrain the brain. A child with attachment issues from foster care or adoption requires 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 much harder, but even more important, because why else will they follow your lead? If your child has attachment issues, I advise counseling support for your relationship. But you'll still want to support your bond using the peaceful parenting tools.

      3. Coach instead of punish. 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.

  • Q: Will parents of children of all ages find this course relevant?
    • A: While many examples in the course 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.

  • Q: Is this equivalent to therapy? Especially in the week "Healing Your Triggers," could your lesson open traumatic wounds for vulnerable parents?
    • 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.

  • Q: When will this course be offered again?
    • 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.

  • Q: What is your refund policy?
    • 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 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 that we spent to mail your book to you 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.

      Please Note: If you sell a parenting program or course, you will not be eligible for a refund.

  • Q: What if it's after Week 5 begins, and I find I am just too busy to keep up with the Course?
    • A: No worries. You have lifetime access to the Course materials. You can begin the Course again at any time.

  • Q: I registered for the Course but can't figure out how to log in.
  • Q: I registered for the Course but don't have my book yet.
  • Q: I'm trying to register for the Course but I'm having problems.
  • Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
    • 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!

"One generation full of deeply loving parents
would change the brain of the next generation,
and with that, the world."
- Charles Raison

Give yourself the support you need
to be the parent you want to be.

"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!”

The truth is, we all falter 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?

Dr. Laura Markham's approach is science-based and parent-tested.

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, she 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.

A PhD in clinical psychology.... And a mom.

Dr. Laura Markham 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.

This online course can change your life.

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?)

The next course begins in early April 2019.  Registration will open on 

 

February 4

You and your parenting partner get lifetime access for $149 USD.
(And don't miss the early bird discount of 10% off
for those who register in the first two weeks after registration opens!)


Get Notified