Hand in Hand Parenting

Rating: 5 stars   48 reviews


555 Waverley 25 Palo Alto CA 94301 USA


We foster healthy parent-child relationships that will last a lifetime. Our mission is to support parents with the insights, skills, and tools necessary to build the meaningful connections that parents and children need to thrive. Our Vision Our vision is a world of warm, loving families where parents are well supported and responsive to the needs, fears, hopes and dreams of their children. Well-supported parents are natural leaders within their families and their communities. And because they truly understand how to listen and connect with their children, they will raise a generation of involved, creative, visionary problem solvers who will transform the world. At Hand in Hand, we heal society one family, one community at a time.

Target demographics:

parents, stepparents, grandparents, early childhood educators, and professionals who serve families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

5,500 parents with live-contact services and reached millions more with parenting content online

Geographic areas served:

the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world


classes, workshops, online tutorials, free live parenting calls, parent education talks, a website of helpful articles and success stories for parents, and training for professionals who work with families

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Reviews for Hand in Hand Parenting

Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a Board Member for a number of years, I find myself getting more and more excited about the work Hand in Hand Parenting is doing. We continue to hear stories from our customers about the life changing effects of the Parenting by Connection approach.

Many parents of young children find that they feel more patient after learning our approach, and they can set limits without being angry or upset when their children cry and protest. They calmly hold the limit.

Our Certification classes are growing and the word seems to be spreading to more and more communities around the world.

In addition to being on the board, I also teach classes in Parenting by Connection and Building Emotional Understanding. I am currently providing support to a group of Spanish speaking grandmothers who have custody of their grandchildren, and one of the most valuable aspects of our program for these women is the listening time they receive in a focused, respectful and confidential setting. They feel like someone knows the challenges they face, and they feel more connected to each other because the structure allows each person an equal amount of time and attention.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The basic listening tools taught in the Parenting by Connection approach, have made it much easier for me to help people in my family understand some ways to rebuild connection with a child who is "off -track" and showing signs of tension and frustration. "Special Time" and "Playlistening" are two of my favorite tools and I use them frequently when playing with children, and sometime in my work settings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get some researchers to help us show evidence about the effectiveness of the tools we teach. We have so many stories, from people in many different settings, circumstances and we think research will show what a profound difference this approach makes in the lives of families. Brain science about what helps children learn and how important it is for them to be able to offload emotional tension is very compatible with our approach.

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