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Learn the parenting playbook for healthy, happy family relationships.

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Improve Challenging Behaviors

Temper tantrums and bad attitudes don’t need to be a way of life.

Get Tools That Work

Become a confident and highly-skilled parent.

Understand the Science Behind Effective Parenting

Ditch the guess-work and confusion.
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You Shouldn't Have to Raise Tiny Humans on Intuition Alone

It's unfair to expect parents to instinctively know how to deal with sibling fights, big emotions, and meltdowns at the grocery store.

When savvy entrepreneurs start a new venture, the first thing they do is create a business plan. They know when unexpected bumps happen on their journey, they will need a way to navigate through to the other side.

Why don’t we treat our families the same way?

While it would be nice if kids came with instruction booklets, they don’t. Most parents use advice from the internet and family members to do the best they can while feeling overwhelmed and flustered.


You already know you need a better approach, but figuring out a starting point and unearthing credible information is difficult. There’s a lot of pseudo-science and opinions posing as facts on social media.

Being a good parent doesn't have to be so stressful.

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If You've Been Looking for "Parenting 101", You've Found It

Our Essentials parenting program puts the power of the most studied evidence-based parenting programs in the palm of your hands

In this 6 module course, Dr. Shanna Alvarez and Dr. Jenna Elgin will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and positive parenting tools to tackle toddler tantrums and pre-teen angst. This course is perfect to help you parent kids ages 2 through 10.

“As a result of this program, we are better and more confident parents and our family is happier and calmer as a whole.”

Parenting Essentials Teaches a Complete System for Developing

Cooperative, Emotionally Intelligent, Resilient Kids

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Evidence-Based, Practical Tools

Be careful about people who say, “research shows” without providing relevant citations or proof that their methods work. Each element of this course is backed by over 30 years of science-based study and real-world application. We show our work.
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Video Examples of Real Parents Using the Strategies

Reading about a technique is great, but seeing it in action is even better. The videos will help you better adjust what you learn based on your family’s values and unique situation.
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Foundational Parenting Principles That Work In Various Contexts

When your child is kicking and screaming in the mall, you don’t have time to whip out a parenting textbook. We teach you comprehensive frameworks that you can use on-the-fly in everyday situations.
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Handouts, Quizzes, Worksheets & Scripts

By the time you have completed the 6 modules, you will feel like you have everything you need to be a rock star parent. Plus, you won’t have to deal with cobbling together ideas or ping-ponging between advice from parenting gurus.

Information Curated by Psychologists & Parents

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Dr. Shanna Alvarez, Ph.D


Dr. Jenna Elgin, Ph.D

“Our daughter has absolutely thrived through this program. She has learned so much about managing her own behavior and responding appropriately to others, and she has gained tremendous awareness of her own emotions and what she can do to help herself get and stay calm, even in challenging times.”


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

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How to Be an Awesome Parent

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Watch the Modules

Use the videos, worksheets, quizzes, and guides to create your family plan. You no longer have to leave parenting decisions up to your gut.


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See a Positive Shift in Behaviors

Implement the tools and see a reduction of parent distress, an increase in parenting consistency, and a decrease in challenging behaviors.
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Stop Struggling to Get Out of the Door in the Morning

Use the tools in Parenting Essentials to ease the pressure of life’s daily demands.

“Looking back, we as parents have learned to ignore more and ‘choose our battles’. We noted our son is a lot happier these days. We believe this is because we are giving him more praise and encouragement and we are all on the same page as a family.”

Parenting Essentials Is Available for Use in Companies, School Districts, and Healthcare Providers

Schedule a call with use to discuss how we can be a resource for your clients.

Our 3-Step Strategy to Help Your Child to Listen the First Time

A free guide to improve your child’s cooperation.