Bringing Parenting Science to the Real World

Giving Parents, Educators, and Clinicians Tools They Can Trust

Not every family can or will walk into a clinic for therapy. That’s why we are passionate psychologists, dedicated to serving our families in the clinic. Our mission is to bring evidence based tools to families within and beyond our clinic walls.

We can help

You want to be the best parent for your child—we can help.

In a world of information overload, it’s hard to know if you are getting advice you can trust. Our resources put the power of the most studied and effective parenting strategies in the palm of your hand. 

We equip parents with fundamental knowledge and tools to tackle today’s toddler tantrums and remain effective through the (gulp) pre-teen years!

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Where Parenting Science Meets Real Life

Step 1


Sign up for our Essentials course or a workshop and gain concrete tools you can use right away.

Step 2


Put the strategies you’ve learned to work and begin to feel more confident in your parenting.

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Feel proud of your parenting and watch your family thrive for years to come.

“This program gave us a true toolbox of strategies, especially ways to cultivate a more connected and positive relationship.”

meet us

meet us

We're Drs. Elgin and Alvarez

As child development researchers and clinicians, we were passionate about evidence-based parenting even before having kids ourselves. Once we became parents, we were overwhelmed by the amount of parenting information available, some of which isn’t backed by research. This inspired the Helping Families Thrive mission: to bring parenting science to the real world.  

The tools we share have been found to decrease challenging behaviors, improve parent-child relationships, and decrease parental stress. We don’t promise to make parenting easy, but we do promise that applying our techniques will make the hard work you put in more valuable to you and your family.



It's never too late to start your family on the path to a calmer home.

Our methods work because they are supported by decades of research showing long-lasting, positive effects.



The Course

Our Essentials course gets you up to speed quickly on the building blocks of evidence-based parenting so you can increase happiness and wellbeing of the entire family.

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Free Guide

Improve your child’s emotion regulation skills using the practical strategies in our free guide.

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Find lots of parenting and mental health tips and tools on our blog.

Our resources were designed for Real

parents and kids.

REal Easy

Watch the online course at your own pace or sign up for one of our virtual workshops.

Real Families

 See videos of actual parents demonstrating the skills so you know exactly what to do.

Real Results

Our strategies are evidence-based and backed by decades of research.

“This program focused and refined my parenting and that of my partner making us a more consistent and cohesive co-parenting team. It also built confidence in our son.”

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Improve Your Child’s Emotion Regulation Skills

A free, 15-page guide filled with practical strategies.

"Parenting Essentials is Trusted by the Seattle School District's Head Start Program"

Our methods work because they are supported by decades of research showing long-lasting, positive effects.