Deana Thayer (left) and Kira Dorrian (right)
Future Focused Parenting is simple, yet profound…and that’s why we love it! We are so excited to share our revolutionary parenting philosophy with you. Our approach, developed from our work as parent coaches, provides you clear direction in your parenting choices while freeing you up to truly enjoy your children.
It’s really all about utilizing two powerful tools. First, when using Future Focused Parenting, you will operate from a strong “why.” This means you as the parent(s) decide (preferably in advance) the foundation for your parenting choices. This way, you’ll always understand the why behind the what in your parenting, for everything from behavior expectations to how you spend family vacation time.
Secondly, Future Focused Parenting uses long-term thinking. Rather than what seems easy or expedient in the moment, you will choose what is best in the long run. You’ll be thinking ahead to how this particular event or moment will shape your child(ren) as they grow. As such, you are thinking less about the “what” of the desired behavior at the time, and more about the “who” of the person you envision your child becoming as an adult.
You’ll see these two aspects of Future Focused Parenting throughout our site, as well as interwoven in all our podcast episodes, and even in our written materials. We are thrilled that you’ve chosen to check out Future Focused Parenting and hope that our work will help you move from merely surviving parenthood to fully thriving in it!
A parent coach is there to work through whatever challenges you may be facing with your little one. Parents often meet with a parent coach to discuss behavior modification and discipline issues, as well as things like matching parenting style to family values or increasing a sense of teamwork between partners. Some parent coaches work with couples prenatally to set them up with a plan for success as they transition into parenthood.
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Deana Thayer (left) and Kira Dorrian (right)
“I’m pretty sure I’m doing it all wrong.”
“This is not at all like the books said it would be.”
“I’m so tired…”
That first year can be a doozy…I can help.
THAT FIRST YEAR’s Gentle Sleep Coaching combines support with an individualized approach that minimizes crying and facilitates better sleep.
You don’t have to go it alone. Working with a coach can:
• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Improve confidence in your abilities and instincts.
• Allow you to follow a plan that’s tailored to your baby and family
I’m a certified Gentle Sleep CoachTM with a Master’s degree in Infant Mental Health. I’m also on the faculty of Antioch University’s Counseling Psychology program and conduct my own research on infant sleep and parenting advice. Plus, I'm the mom of two intense, non-sleeping babies (both young adult, expert sleepers). I know how hard this sleep thing can be. I also know that babies and children often need help to improve sleep and this doesn’t have to include crying-it-out. My approach is gradual and can be tailored to fit a variety of contexts (including cosleeping, room-sharing, and night-nursing).
Spirited? High needs? Highly sensitive? Alert? I specialize in working with parents of little ones who are “more” – intense, sensitive, perceptive, intense, active. These little ones require a specific approach that takes this temperament into account. Sleep books weren’t written for these little dynamos and parents often need even more support just to keep up.
Lesli Desai is a Clinical Social Worker providing individual, couples, and family therapy. By encouraging curiosity and self-compassion, she works to empower clients – reaching out for help is a sign courage, not weakness. Courage can be defined as “the willingness to show up and risk being seen, without knowing what will happen” (Brene Brown). With courage, comes strength, hope, and authenticity--ultimately a life you can be proud to live.
Insurance taken: Premera and First Choice
I am a clinical psychologist who supports women's mental health during the perinatal (pregnancy and postpartum) period. I support women with such issues as premenstrual dysphoria, trauma (birth and otherwise), infertility, pregnancy loss, mood complications (depression, anxiety, anger and unwanted intrusive thoughts, panic attacks etc.) I help women in all life stages including the early adult years, empty nest, menopause and any life transition. I also co-facilitate the Little Sprouts New Parent Group at Sprout Birth Center in Mountlake Terrace on Tuesday mornings. If you would like more information, please call me at 425-249-9618 or visit www.motheringvoice.com. You are not alone and you can feel better.
Insurance accepted: Premera, Regence, First Choice, Kaiser
Workshops for love, marriage, and the baby carriage.
Classes and retreats that are mindfully aware that your transition is unique. Our workshops will address the practical, but also the emotional and relational factors involved in birth and early parenting. For couples who want to ground their relationship as well as to learn how to work together more harmoniously, toward a loving family.
Insurance taken: Microsoft EAP
As a licensed mental health counselor, I understand that expanding your family impacts everyone and all aspects of life. I work with individuals regarding a variety of family issues including family planning, infertility, perinatal mood disorders, and general support transitioning into parenthood. I also specialize in eating disorders which deepens my work with mothers who are experiencing discomfort with changes in their body or struggling with anxieties related to feeding their baby or toddler.