You know you could handle things better with your child, but you get too angry.
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 you'll 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 Thursday 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 bonus 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 Markham’s tone of voice in examples of everyday parenting challenges. Transcripts included.
4 minute inspirations designed to help you rewire your brain for more calmness and presence.
Dr. Laura Markham answers questions from course participants. (You can also submit questions in advance.)
Weekly assignments to practice this approach with your child, plus journal prompts and questions, and reminders to post on your refrigerator.
Course participants and grads support each other, moderated by Dr. Laura's trained coaches.
The "Conscious Co-Parenting" series (a $59 value) & other audios and ebooks from the Aha! Parenting website, plus exclusive interviews.
Natalee - mother of an 8 year old
Suzana - mother of a 4, 6, 8, and 10 year old
Emily - mother of an 8 year old
Kat - mother of a 5, 7 and 2 year old
"My personal growth has been amazing. That’s not to say that I don't still have lots of room to grow, but I don’t think I would have been able to do this by myself, without the course. The change in our eldest daughter (3.5 yo) was evident from week 1. What a blessing this course has been!" - Ruth Faria
"Much less yelling and more connecting!! I wish I would have known about this course sooner (my kids are 8 and 10 years old) but SO glad I found it now BEFORE the teen years! This sets me up for great teen years!!" - Jennifer Bevacqua
"Dr. Markham delivers what she promises, and we are already feeling the benefits. Tantrums are now a rarity. More unprompted communication about how something makes my daughter feel. Greater cooperation. Less tension. Loved Dr. Markham's tone; the amount of information that was packed into each week; the well-organized presentation, both in the audio and in the email and online materials." - Lisa Talbot
"I learned that Self-care is important, not just for my own, but for the family's benefit, too! This was one of the best courses of my life!" - Anca Dancu
"I'm so grateful for this course and how supportive and not judgmental Dr. Laura is....So helpful to recognize that self care isn't an indulgence, it's a necessity to bring out my best self. When I do, I feel such a remarkable connection to my kids. It's like night and day. More empathy equals less stress.... This course gave me the motivation to keep coming back when I fall off the wagon." - Nicole Sanchez
"This Course has made such a huge difference in our family; I would shout about it from the rooftops if I could!" - Emily Stewart
"This Course has made me more aware of my parenting values. I especially loved the in-depth audio lectures....I manage to calm myself more often and am more often able to be empathetic towards my child, even when I'm challenged...I still often fall short of my ideal of parenting, but I pick myself up and at least know where I want to go." - Iris D.
"I loved having positive reinforcement, and the weekly lectures and reminders helped keep me focused....My kids and I are more connected now and I have an easier time being empathic and recognizing situations from their perspective." - Mackenzie Rodriguez
"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." - Elissa N.
"The quality of the course is astonishing. This is real academic stuff. And very very very well brought to the students. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and consider it to be the greatest gift I have ever given myself and my children." - Michael R.
(or read on to see what you will learn...)
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 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.
(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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
A: We do 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 2 pages detailing why you should receive one of these scholarships and please include your location (Country/State), number of children (including ages), and if you already own any of Dr. Laura’s books to Administrator@AhaParenting.com. The deadline for scholarship applications is Thursday, January 2, 2019.
A: Great! Many course participants live outside the US. Peaceful parenting is a worldwide movement. Welcome!
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
A: No worries. You have lifetime access to the Course materials. You can begin the Course again at any time.
A: No worries, we can help. Please email Administrator@AhaParenting.com.
A: No worries, we can track it for you. Please email Assistant@AhaParenting.com and we'll get your book to you.
A: We can help! Please email Administrator@AhaParenting.com and we'll figure it out with you.
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.
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.
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?)