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Hand in Hand Parenting

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Services, Human Services

Mission: 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

Programs: 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

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Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sofia R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My heart was lost and looking; looking for a way to treat children kindly and respectfully, but nowhere around me did I see what I was searching for, until I found Hand in Hand. Hand in Hand offers tools to be there for the little ones of the world, no matter what they do or feel or how they behave. It is truly unconditional love.

And as such, I have also learned about the goodness and potential of grown ups, from whom I lived in avoidance and fear.

And not least, it has helped me to love myself more fully, get in touch with my heart and my sensibility.

Hand in Hand changes the world one family at a time; it changed me, and now I go out into the world to do my part.

Hand in Hand is a light in our way, but more than that, it allows us to see the light in us and in others; that is why it is changing the world.

Thank you.

Christine204

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand has given me the support I need to be a better parent and person. Through Listening Partnerships, I am able to be heard and work through tough issues. Before LPs, I was constantly disappointed with the people in my life because I was not quite getting what I needed and I was feeling resentful. My LPs and the group's support fill that need for me. I am very thankful for this group!

1 Vali Martin

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful for getting to know you,it's life-changing . For the first time in my life I feel very close to my family (both husband and daughter) and it's all thanks to you!

1 Irina N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Hand in Hand when my middle child was about 1 yo and crying every night for ours. I was exhausted and felt lost because I didn't know the reason this was happening. My response was harsh and unloving and I didn't like that about myself. I was set up to be a great mom, but I just lost my way. Hand in Hand helped me rediscover the goodness in me and my children, offered me spot on tools to deal with everyday challenges both with children and adults, and made me feel like part of a tribe that always has my back. Thank you for making your knowledge known to the world!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The simple yet effective parenting tools I've learned from Hand in Hand have improved my life and my relationship with my children. The support I receive daily makes all the difference in the way I deal with daily challenges. I benefited from a Scholarship from Hand in Hand to learn their parenting approach and for that I am most gratefull.

Brooke Cristal B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined the Hand in Hand Parenting Membership and Support page about one year ago at a time when I was feeling so stressed and overwhelmed as a parent and was not happy with the way this was affecting my responses to my kiddos. It has been life-changing and absolutely the very best decision I have made as a parent! The methods they teach feel so right and don't feel like more things to do and work on, but rather offer me so much support and encouragement. Their instructors are so incredibly on-point and generous with their time and expertise, and this is an organization that is making a huge difference in the world for good!! Thank you, Hand in Hand!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a Clinical Psychologist in private practice and the set of tools offered by Hand in Hand has helped so many of my clients who are parenting children with adverse early experiences or developmental challenges, and it has been especially helpful for families struggling with sleep issues.

muftiah

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand parenting is the best tool I have added to both my professional toolbox as a therapist and my personal toolbox as a parent.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I started using the Hand in Hand "listening tools" when my daughter was almost 2. I've not looked back! It has changed my life personally and professionally; as a parent and as a mental health professional. Underneath of all the technique and theory is a very basic belief in the goodness of parents and children and in the wisdom inherent in each of us. When we are well-supported, we can access that wisdom. Hand in Hand provides that support and teaches us how to support each other; it is simple, yet profound.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand has changed my relationship to my child but also to ALL people and myself. I absolutely love this organization. It is a great blessing in my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hand in hand has transformed our parenting and our lives!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hand In Hand Parenting truly changes and heals families. This organization was a godsend to our family five years ago. I don't know in what state our relationships would be if we hadn't been introduced to its approach and tools. But today, we (my husband, two daughters and I) have a connected, happy and relaxed relationship. I credit it to all the wonderful resources of the organization. We took the in-person 6 week Parenting Starter Class, we pored over our copies of the pamphlets and referred to them in times of particular need, I am an active member of the online Yahoo! Groups discussion board, and regularly search the article archives on their excellent HandinHandParenting.org website for answers to online situations. Now that Patty has published, "Listen", I can keep this treasure of a book handy at all times, too!

Holly96

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand transformed our whole family! I knew I wanted to be a gentle parent but I had no idea how to set limits and I had the confused idea that I was failing as a mom if my child cried. I was straying into permissive parenting and bedtime was stretching on to what seemed like unending torment. I was desperate. I reached out to HiH and the response was like a lifeline. Now we use the tools daily and the whole family is so much happier.

1 nstuck

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand has positively impacted my experience as a mother and my parenting of my son. I deeply believe in their philosophy and methods, and would love to see every child receive the level of care and respect that Hand in Hand promotes.

Thank you Patty and everyone involved for all that you do - we are making this a better world by treating our children differently and changing unconscious and unsupportive parenting patterns!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic group with transformative tools to positively change family life. Love them!

1 Chantal H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It still blows my mind a little bit that Hand In Hand is NFP!! It's realistically the world's best parenting resource.

HiH has done extensive research into the field of parenting and operates on a very whole-picture approach to parenting. It is useful for any parent/guardian no matter what your situation. The tools they give you will work and they will support you all the way through your journey with kindness, empathy and no judgement.

I wish HiH was part of the antenatal program!!

This is not just a glowing review.. it is also 100% fact!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand has deeply changed my understanding of my role as a mother. It has taught me how healthy relationships and emotions look like. It has increased my ability to heal myself and become a healing presence for other people. I really cherish this organisation and I'm most grateful for its existence. I'm honoured to be part of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found out about Hand in Hand Parenting when my daughter was a baby. I was confused about why she wasn't sleeping, and hadn't found a solution that made sense to me. Then I discovered Hand in Hand, and their approach of listening to the emotions behind our children's behaviour. Within a few weeks my daughter was sleeping well, and we were feeling more deeply connected than ever before.
I was amazed by the Hand in Hand Parenting approach and how simply by learning to listen deeply and connect with our children they can be their natural, co-operative selves, no punishment or reward needed! I really appreciated the wealth of information that is given away for free in articles and podcasts so that money doesn't need to be a barrier to getting this important information about how our emotions work. And when I did want to start training with them and doing courses they were so fairly priced that I was able to.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hand in Hand Parenting has been a wonderfully supportive resource for our family. I can't thank them enough for the change this way of parenting has brought to our family.

Megha S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker and parent counsellor in India. I came across hand in hand when I was at a low point and struggling with my children. Hand in hand was like a guiding star in that turbulence. It gave me simple tools which didn't restrict my own parenting but shaped it and refined it. I have since been sharing the tools with people in my community. Advantaged families as well as disadvantaged families. I love the ease with which it adapts into peoples lives and how quickly the children take to special time and stay listening! The support hand in hand extends is invaluable and so much of it is free!

1 Kathy277

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was trying my best to be a 'compassionate' parent when my son was little, but I felt like I didn't know what to do in the moment. Then I discovered Hand in Hand Parenting and the 5 Listening Tools, which changed my relationship with my adopted son and our lives. Here was an approach that taught me how to get support for myself so that I could support my son and deepen our connection. I have since become a Certified Instructor and am continually amazed by the amount of resources Hand in Hand offers to parents for FREE and the commitment Hand in Hand has to reach under served communities all around the globe. It may seem idealistic, but I truly believe that if every parent had access to the kind of support that Hand in Hand provides, we could raise a world full of peacemakers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am grateful every day to have found this approach. It has transformed my family. The work they do in the world, in disadvantaged communities and with families in need is invaluable.