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Positive Parenting Coach
I am glad you are here! I am MegAnne Ford. I provide parents with the support they crave, to feel in control in the home, with proven Positive Parenting methods and tools. More about me below ⬇️
I was raised with fear-based parenting.
I grew up in a family of love and fear. You might know what I am talking about.
I knew my parents loved me. I saw it in the good times. But as soon as I came home with a bad grade or acted out in an "over-the-top manner," I would witness fear-based parenting; Shame, blame, and punishment.
So, I learned to hide, deceive, and act in revenge.
I became estranged from my Mom later in life because she interfered with my growth as a human.
The relationship that we created was toxic and suffocating.
Going to family functions was the only time I would interact with my family, and it took days to recover from those small interactions.
I wished my Mom had found support so we could've had a better relationship.
If only my Mom understood that I was doing the best that I knew how, and that my behavior was communication.
Children can be exhaustingly themselves.
Kids are amazing, but why can't they listen the first time?
As I went into my early childhood development career, I tried using fear-based tools, the ones I was modeled to use.
When a kid misbehaves or is not doing what they are supposed to, you can use fear to make them do it. That "worked" for me. I'm a relatively decent human.
The most "effective" fear-based tool, spanking, is forbidden inside any school system.
So, now what? How will I get these kids to do what I want them to do?
Then I heard a quote that changed my life...
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
- Haim Ginott - "Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers"
...and that was my introduction to Positive Parenting.
That sounded amazing to me. I am the weather. How I respond makes a difference.
I have the ultimate control. That is what this quote is saying.
Only one problem, I am human, and as good as this sounded, or as much as I wanted to live according to this quote, I was working from a system that created and nurtured all of the negatives in this quote.
Of course, I had moments I could align with this quote when working with children, but as soon as something didn't go quite right, I would easily slide into my fear-based toolbox.
It is lovely and easy to see a social media post of someone explaining how they calmly dealt with a child's over-the-top reaction to wanting the blue cup. It is just as easy to laugh with the parents who drink wine to get through the day.
But the reality of responding to a crying kid in the middle of a store while you feel a hundred eyes on you is daunting and soul-crushing.
It takes practice and support to get through the rough times and come out feeling lighter
Positive Parenting: The Myth Behind,
"Just Don't YELL"
You can be a Positive Parent and get your kids to listen to you by:
- Spending 10 minutes a day doing exactly what they want to do.
- Saying any of the scripts that have been provided to you.
- No yelling, EVER.
- Instead of time-outs, try time-ins.
- Being positive all the time.
These are all great ideas if we were actors in a movie and there was a director close by and saying, "Cut, we need to try that interaction again. Your tone of voice was a little harsh while asking your son to put on his shoes."
Being a human is hard, and being a parent is even harder. Not only do you need to be aware of your emotions and feelings, but you also have to be aware of the small human's feelings and emotions, which they have little control over.
So, how do parents get through the day without feeling emotionally and physically drained by interactions with their kids?
And does it really matter? I mean, we turned out semi-okay humans. Do we really need to change?
And not yelling all day sounds like a dream. I mean, I am normally not a yeller, but that is the only way to get things moving in my house.
You have found the right place to become a Positive Parent.
It takes practice and understanding of how we work as humans - and having support helps.
"Is it possible for me to become a positive parent?"
YES! 100% yes.
Practice makes perfect progress.
Practicing Positive Parenting will make a difference in your home's climate.
You might discover that these methods and tools are not just for parenting but for being a human.
Becoming a Positive Parent is possible. In fact, I have developed and tested a method that helps us navigate the highly emotional situations that occur when children are in our lives. I use this method on myself, my husband, the children I work with, the staff at the store, and my family.
Parents like you are living the progress of their hard work
Can this be you?
30 minutes a day.
Yes, it will be hard.
Yes, sometimes it will feel like you are taking 1 step forward and then 5 steps back.
I have studied, created, and practiced the methods I teach for over eight years, impacting hundreds of families.
The methods and techniques I teach, and coach can create a home life that can navigate stressful times consistently and, most of all, love.
"Okay, MegAnne, this sounds too good to be true."
You might be picturing a calmer home, kids doing chores, peaceful meals, and bedtimes filled with laughs and hugs.
But reality hits, your kids barge in on you while trying to have a quiet moment, and the picture fades back to reality, and you lose all hope.
You might start asking questions:
Do you have any kids?
Nope, I have not had the privilege of being a parent.
That might turn you off, and that is okay.
I want to point out that many professionals do not have what their clients are struggling with. Would you only go to a pediatrician that has children?
I have developed my method and techniques inside classrooms and homes over the past 20 years.
I love to learn from other professionals in the parenting field and teach in ways parents can use daily.
Really, only 30 minutes a day?
A little bit goes a long way.
Yes, if you set aside 30 minutes a day on one of the three pillars I coach clients through, awareness, education, and practice, then,
I promise you will experience a difference in your home.
That promise does come with a warning; it will sometimes be messy and feel strange, but that is where the community is there to support you.
What if my partner does not want to join?
I meet families where they’re at, so if it’s just you (whether your partner chooses not to join you or you’re a single parent), you’ll be supported by fellow parents in this group coaching Journey.
You might be surprised how showing up to do the work gets results that motivate your partner to learn along with you!
But I have tried EVERYTHING...
I know you have tried everything.
You are an amazing parent.
Those children of yours are lucky to have you as a parent.
I have good news. There are reasons why what you have tried doesn't work. The better news is that this journey will shed light on those reasons AND support you in transforming your family into a living, breathing, loving unit.
We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for progress.
I was a rebel back in the day...
I wanted to be SEEN and UNDERSTOOD by my parents.
Have you been there?
I was the problem, the child that my parents would punish behind closed doors and tell their friends, 'Oh, we don't have any control over that one.' (out of 5)
I needed to see and understand myself.
I needed to find a method, tools, and support to see myself and work through life's emotional highs and lows. I knew there had to be a way that I could break it down into a simple method.
I wanted the kids in my class to truly feel seen and understood. It must be possible in the world that we live in.
Allowing children to be themselves and keep your sanity is possible.
Having a method, tools, and support allows you to lighten the stress you feel at night, wondering if you are doing enough for your kids.
20 years of experience allowed me to create a proven Positive Parent Method backed by tools, science, and community support.
✨Imagine enjoying your parenting journey, nurturing an unbreakable bond with your child, and becoming the proactive, transformative force you've dreamed of. ✨
Positive Parenting Class Pass will...
🧰 Empower you with Effective Tools 🛠️
Confidently embrace Positive Parenting, replacing negative tools with effective alternatives.
👨👩👧👦 Deepen Parent-Child Connection 👩👦👦
Build deeper connections with your child through emotional validation and meaningful apologies.
👍 Strengthen Boundaries and Empowerment 👎
Building a secure attachment with your child is a cornerstone of a healthy, loving relationship. Learn invaluable techniques to nurture this bond that will last a lifetime.
💪 Raise Resilient Kids
Learn to respond to your child's behavior using natural consequences, fostering growth and understanding without punishment or bribes.
The Positive Parenting Class Pass is 6 classes guiding you along the three phases of learning Positive Parenting: awareness, education, and practice, with activities, lessons, and recorded Q & A.
Below you can see what the 6-Classes will look like:
Class 1 - Positive Parenting 101
You’ll learn more about what Positive Parenting is and isn’t, so you can start putting down tools with negative impacts and replace them with Positive Parenting tools.
Class 2 - Emotional Validation
This class will help you balance your parenting toolbox by helping you connect with your child in a way that helps THEM feel safe, seen, and heard.
Class 3 - Setting Boundaries
You’ll learn how to set clear boundaries with your kids so you can diminish how many times they repeatedly call you, reduce interruptions, and help them stop asking the same question over and over.
Class 4 - Ending Entitlement
You’ll balance your parenting toolbox by learning how to stop rescuing/fixing/saving your children and instead empowering them to problem solve, think critically, and make safe choices.
Class 5 - Natural Consequences
You’ll learn how to use Positive Parenting tools like natural consequences (imposed, natural, and logical) instead of punishments and bribing to help you respond to your child’s difficult behavior.
Class 6 - Apologizing
This class teaches the Positive Parenting tool of apologizing. You’ll learn the 4-steps of an authentic apology to reconnect after the struggle or rupture and repair the foundation of the relationship with your child.
🎁 Raising Respectful Kids $99 value
🎁 Raising Kind Siblings
"Oh my goodness! I just purchased the classes and have only made it to the point of when one child hits their sibling, how to respond, and it has blown my mind! My 3-year-old keeps hitting baby sis. My knee jerk is to focus on the 3, but I have a new approach!" - themamdentist
I bought your connection class and the validation lesson touched me! I used your techniques with my 14yr and it works! Thank you!
"I just signed up for the classes late last night. I stayed up *waaaay too late* listening to the first class. Trying so hard today, and we've had SUCH a successful day with the school battles. The class really cut me deep, but it was so good to hear! Thank you!" - Jrg_06
This step is right for you when...
- You are ready to invest time, energy, and finances into bettering your caregiving toolbox.
- You are ready to give up excuses and begin to self-reflect to improve your behavior during your child's challenging moments.
- You understand that change begins with you and are eager to put into practice the tactics, methods, and strategies you've encountered through social media, podcasts, and books.
- You value the power of investing in support, community, and accountability in your caregiving journey.
It is not right for you if...
- You are seeking quick fixes, scripted responses, and instant change.
- You are easily triggered or resistant to feedback and accountability.
- You expect your child to change before you are willing to invest in your growth.
- You are not ready to commit time, energy, and finances to improve your parenting tools, methods, and strategies.
Having a strong relationship with your children in 20 years, what is it worth to you?
I think that it is hard to put a price tag on it. Many people are selling the next toy, clock, or chart that would say it only costs you $20 - $120 for a more calm home environment. But how long do those short-term fixes last?
Earlier, I shared with you that I became estranged from my mom later in life. Well, during the estrangement, the work (investment in time and money) that I did to mend my wounds caused by her during childhood allowed me to know, deep down, that she was doing the best she knew how with the parenting tools she had.
I was able to reconnect with my mom before she died of liver and kidney failure over ten years ago. I am grateful that I put in the work to have that little time with her.
I know that if she had an awareness of the harm she was doing to me, she would have sought help.
That is my why;
I wanted a simple, repeatable method that parents could practice at home to navigate stressful moments in the home without causing lifelong damage.
See what the community is saying
Having a choice matters...
Some people are okay with how they discipline their kids with shame, blame, and punishment because that is how they were raised.
Others take action and step into awareness, education, and practice of Positive Parenting Methods.
You get to choose!
You are not alone in feeling exhausted by your kids.
You are not alone in second-guessing whether you dare to go to the store because your kid might act up.
You are not alone in wondering if these younger childhood years are this bad. What am I going to do when they are teenagers?
There is another way.
You can start your Positive Parenting Journey today and join other parents that have taken back control of their lives.
Let's future cast...
Let's picture your home life in a year, practicing and honing your Positive parenting skills.
Your child comes home from school and begins to yell at you. Instead of screaming back and losing control, you are practicing your new tool box.
You realize they have had a long day, and their tolerance for life is very narrow. You remove yourself for a moment to put on your air mask, and you return to the child and connect. Maybe the child doesn't want to talk, and you respect that and sit.
You co-regulate with your child so that you can continue your day together. They take a moment to regulate themselves, maybe there are a few more outbursts, but you allow them to have the moment.
Then, like a quick thunderstorm, your child asks you what is for dinner or your favorite sport.
At night you lay down and think, wow, that would have derailed our day a year ago.
I know you can do this because you are a great parent.
Your Positive Parenting Coach,
~ Bye, for now, friend ~
P.S. The parents inside of C.L.E.A.R. and Kind Parents can vouch for me when I say once you start practicing Positive Parenting Methods, you will be so happy that you took this first step.
Doing something new is scary, but it is also frightening to be a parent.
The Positive Parenting Journey supports you so that parenting is less scary and alone.
So I encourage you to invest in your future, both family and self.
It will be worth it.
~ Bye, for now, friend ~