Parenting Support & Education
What is parenting support & education?
As much as we wish they did, children don’t come with manuals. Parenting in the digital age can be very overwhelming. Parenting is something we were never meant to do alone.
Every phase of child development presents its own unique set of challenges. Part of supporting you with navigating those stages is understanding social emotional development and age-appropriate expectations so you can parent with confidence and connection.
Whether you are finding yourself laying awake at night wondering if you could have handled a situation better, are trying your best to raise an amazing human or are completely overwhelmed by the daily challenges of parenting, an experienced parenting educator can support you.
Tara’s extensive background and training working with children and families for over twenty years gives her a unique perspective on supporting parents in a way that validates your needs while also building essential life skills for your children.
To book with Tara, please email her directly at email@example.com
Commonly Asked Questions About Parenting Support & Education
Tara works remotely; to book with Tara you may either contact her directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can contact her directly through her website at https://www.taragratto.ca/.
Tara works with parents to help them with the following:
- Navigate and understand child behaviour
- Learn ways to support big feelings
- Use kindness for discipline
- Implement tools and strategies that foster confidence and connection
- Develop plans for transitions & change (daycare/school/camp)
- Talk so children will listen
- Build tools for emotional regulation (learn how to lose your cool less and teach children how to navigate their feelings)
- Build effective boundaries (tech, friendships, parent-child relationships, etc.)
As parents, we often find ourselves wondering if we’re doing the right thing. Are we setting the right boundaries, should we say no, how to navigate big feelings, etc. Tara can help you come up with a plan that works for your family’s unique situation to help you get through the rough patches and set the stage for continued success.
Tara helps support families through the good and the bad times, including all of the following (and more):
- Tantrums, definance, talking back, ignoring
- Emotional regulation, socio-emotional development
- Children and parental mental well-being
- Everyday challenges and school readiness
- Introversion/Extroversion, body space awareness, consent & body autonomy
- Parents who yell and who lose their cool
- Bedtime pushback
- Tech/screen limits and boundaries
- Sibling dynamics (including introducing a new sibling), peer relationships
- …and more
At this time, Tara’s services are not covered by insurance.
Mom of 18 month and recently turned 5 year old:
Tara is an educator and parenting professional that I have been working with. She and her insights have helped us tremendously in building resilience and social skills for our older one. [If I am speaking with a friend, they likely already know what temperament my child has therefore I don’t really need to explain what those ‘skills’ are.]
Tara’s approach highly resonates with us as it prioritize building solid foundations for teaching social emotional intelligence. Within a couple of months, I was able to cement such groundwork in my family by teaching my children (and even my husband) to sit with their uncomfortable feelings by deploying language of kindness and management tools.
Mom of infant, 3 & 6 year olds:
We first connected with Tara nearly 2 years ago/“mid COVID”. Our 4 year old was just navigating the start of JK and demonstrating behaviours we couldn’t understand and we felt a bit helpless when trying to support him. Tara was recommended by a friend of a friend and we haven’t looked back since. She has helped us navigate school transitions, new siblings, schedule changes, major life events and more.
I often struggle to describe who she is when I talk to friends and recommend her resources or membership… because she’s so many things; a mom, a researcher, an educator and a former preschool owner and teacher. She has helped us understand why our kids feel and act the ways they do, problem solve difficulties or challenges and establish boundaries. She’s saved me from so many “Google rabbit holes” listening to what we’re going through or preparing for and helping us understand where the behaviour may have come from and to set up next steps to work together as a family. She’s honest and realistic, she recognizes life doesn’t necessarily allow for rigid observation of “one (parenting or teaching) method” but stays on top of research and braids it together in suggestions or advice that is approachable. Above all, everything is grounded by the importance of “kindness” which is a foundation that is very important to us yet I don’t think we could have established it the same way without her.
Mom of 4 year old:
Tara is supportive, informative – she comes with lots of knowledge on many topics. She gives a fresh perspective on everyday situations. She’s great at brainstorming solutions with you. She is child centred but real-life realistic, and she understands both the parenting struggling and the child’s point of view. Tara is great at breakin complex concepts down into a framework that parents can relate to, and she always has multiple solutions to every problem. Highly recommend!