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HAND IN HAND PARENTING
March 19, 2009

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in child and family mental health and I am also a mom of two young girls (4&7). I was introduced to Hand in Hand (HiH) by another professional and friend two years ago and I can easily say it has been a hugely important part of my parenting and clinical work since then. HiH and the Parenting by Connection (PBC) philosphy speaks to the kind of parent I strive to be: loving, patient, playful, emotionally connected and regulated! I started out reading the wonderful articles on the website and the great newletter and was able to begin putting the PBC tools into practice. Next I attended a 6 week Building Emotional Understanding course and was totally hooked. Subsequently, I joined their HiH Instructor Certification program and spent the last year learning in depth about PBC and HiH. I want everyone to know about and be able to use Parenting by Connection because I believe it works, it is in line with current brain research, and it supports the family in a way that is strength based. It has helped me be a better parent because I know how to get support for myself, I am able to tolerate and even welcome my children's upsets as a healthy part of their emotional expression, I am more effective at setting limits, and I have learned how to play and have FUN with my girls!

The Great!

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

my girls, my increased confidence as a parent, and friends that I have introduced to HiH.

Ways to make it better...

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

hope I had the forsight to grow the organization how Patty is doing it now - with attention to detail and growing a strong base of support.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

finally feeling validated and understood as a parent and meeting people who feel as I do about the valuable work of parenting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so kind and supportive. Also intelligent, funny and inspiring!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring its message to so many more people and help legions of parents and children feel supported and heard accross the country and around the world. It could change more lives!

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of anything! Really!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the ongoing funding needed to bring its services to more people.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm so glad I found out about Hand in Hand and I'm sure others will be too!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have taken classes and am now getting certified to teach the classes.