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Today’s episode comes from a concept from The Arbinger Institute – The Influence Pyramid. This tool has many applications for parents. It is a new way of thinking about communicating and connecting. It is an approach for helping things go right, rather than just dealing with things that go wrong. Using this approach is healthy modeling for our kids. Intentionally working with this technique and teaching it to our children has the potential to not only strengthen the parent/child relationship, but to strengthen all of our relationships.
I consider it my life’s work to build community and connection. I am a warrior mom of two teenage girls, a passionate educator and musician seeking inspiration and to inspire. I have recently embarked on a journey to combine my experiences as an educator, artist and as a parent to help develop programs to support and educate parents, especially those struggling in their relationship with “tweens” and teens.
I am a graduate of The Parent Coaching Institute and I am member of Building Connected Communities where I trained to facilitate the Conscious Parenting Workshops. My husband and I both currently serve on the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council representing families with children hospitalized due to a mental health crisis.
I also have an extensive performance as well as teaching/directing background. I currently own and operate Open Door Music Studio where I teach voice, Piano, Percussion Ensemble. I also co-founded and co-directed the BIG (Boise Inter-generational) Choir.
I am a voracious lifelong learner. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and a Master’s of Music/Vocal Performance from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to receiving my Parent Coaching Certification ®, I also have an Idaho Elementary Teaching Certificate with a K-12 Music Endorsement, an Orff Level 1 certificate, World Music Drumming Level 1, and I am a trained Music Together ® teacher.
I continue to compose and perform regularly.
My current higher calling is to combine all of these experiences to help improve the lives of parents, children and families.
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