Parenting Coach and Consultant: Davi is a parenting coach who has a heart for families with toddlers through teens. She loves to encourage and equip parents to overcome the hurdles of parenting and race on to the joys of raising kids. Davi’s practical and heartfelt approach comes from both formal training and hand-on experience. She holds a license and Master’s degree in Counseling and has worked with families and children for over 15 years as a licensed therapist, parenting coach, and classroom consultant. As a mom of two incredible boys, Davi has experienced many bumps, bruises and victories herself, and she openly shares her personal medals of mess-ups and certificates of courage with her audience.
Writer: You can also find Davi in print. She writes Your Money’s Worth, a monthly column about frugal living and money wisdom, for Vancouver Family Magazine. And she publishes TriParenting, a free monthly e-magazine filled with encouragement and practical advice for parents. Her inspirational articles on raising healthy, happy and empowered kids have also been published in several school, sports, and church newsletters, as well as Children’s Ministry Magazine.
Speaker: Davi is a dynamic speaker who genuinely connects and equips families, teachers and childcare providers through presentations and workshops at moms’ groups, parenting groups, public and private schools, military support groups, and churches. She is also popular with teens, and speaks regularly through the AWARE Program. Contact Davi at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Davi tailors each presentation the unique needs and personality of each audience. Some of the most requested topics include:
* Handling “Quirky” Behaviors Odd, awkward, or annoying behaviors: we ALL have them to some extent. But how can we help our kids manage theirs, particularly when those behaviors are causing problems? This is a fun and informative session on perfectionism, hyperactivity, emotional and sensory sensitivities, social awkwardness, and more. Learn creative and successful ways to help your child adapt more easily to social, family and classroom settings.
* Smoothing Communication Potholes Back-talking. Chronic arguing. Battles for the last word. Like monster potholes in a well traveled road, ruts in communication are potentially damaging and quite annoying, (especially when our KIDS are the backseat drivers)! If you’re ready to pave smoother roads in your home or classroom, you won’t want to miss this fun and empowering workshop. Learn to identify, repair, and prevent obstacles to communication. And learn to seal the deal with a generous coating of respect.
* LYING: Why They Do It and How to Handle It Honesty is the best policy, but admitting a wrong is a tough thing to do. Our response is the key to making the most out of this invaluable learning opportunity.
* Meltdown Prevention: Routines and Schedules People (and especially children) feel most comfortable when they know what to expect: when they can anticipate what will happen next. When something is new, different, boring or challenging, a child can feel quite uncertain; and stress and anxiety can skyrocket. We see this in the forms of acting out, regressive behavior, or other frustrating behaviors. Setting patterns like routines, schedules, rituals, and traditions can greatly reduce the level of anxiety by giving the child a sense of the familiar and by causing a positive distraction.
* How to Survive Limit Testing: Setting Firm but Loving Limits Without Actually Saying “No!” Setting healthy and firm limits can be fun and easy!!! (As long as you know a few tricks of the trade). This workshop will fill parent tool boxes with specialized tools to get the job done.
* Choices and Consequences Creative strategies for prevention and intervention of frustrating behaviors in the classroom and beyond! Empowering kids to make the right choices (even when no one is looking) is a critical goal of teaching and parenting. This workshop teaches effective and practical strategies to empower kids to do just that.
* FOR COACHES: Chalk Talk A High Octane Power Session for coaches wanting to take their coaching to a new, exciting level. This presentation will help new and seasoned coaches better understand the developmental ages and psychological needs of the individual player as it pertains to sports. In turn, you will be able to shape and individualize your coaching techniques to enhance performance and optimal growth. In a fun yet practical workshop, we will examine goals and expectations, learn about developmental ages of elementary school kids, and discuss the role of stress in the game (including ways to make stress work to everyone’s advantage).
* The Disciplined Parent Do you have a few parenting style hang-ups that you’d like to change or get rid of? This fun and reflective workshop will help you identify your parenting style, teach you to be a better communicator with your kids and others, and help you to be the best role model you can be. How DO we keep our cool in the heat of battle with our kids? How much supervision and help is too much? How do I truly engage my children? Join us and find out!
* 10 Ways to Boost Children’s Self Esteem and Build Self Confidence You already know that praise can boost kids up. But did you know that it can also knock ‘em down? EFFECTIVE praise is the key to boosting self esteem, effectively motivating, and developing an independent, confident child. Learn 10 ways to truly build your child up!
* Free to Parent Your Way: Learn ways to Train, Race and Celebrate in this Ultimate Race of Parenting Parenting is one of the world’s most difficult yet rewarding jobs. It challenges our mind, body and soul in ways we never dreamed, and grows us in ways we never imagined. The demands of being a mom can feel overwhelming at times, but, regardless of our circumstances, we do not have to go it alone. And once we learn to ask for help and allow God to guide us, the joys and miracles of motherhood take on a brand new meaning.
Forming Foundational Relationships
Relationship is fundamental to teaching, but forming a respectful, encouraging, genuine relationship with every child is not always easy. Discover new ways to build meaningful bridges with each student based on their individual learning style. Learn to recognize and resolve basic, unmet needs that can lead to behavior problems.
10 Ways to Boost Children’s Self Esteem and Build Self Confidence
Did you know that some of the most well-intended words and actions we use to build up our children can actually create dependence and lower self esteem? Get ready to learn how to avoid these pitfalls and to learn easy and more effective methods to:
- inspire students to become self-assured but not arrogant
- feel safe but not smothered
- embrace life with enthusiasm not excuses
Learning to Recognize What Your Child’s Behavior is Telling You
Young children often lack the verbal skills to adequately communicate their feelings, desires, and needs. And, intentionally or not, they typically use behavior to express themselves. Learning to recognize the meaning behind their frustrating, irritating, or puzzling actions (and THEN intervene) is an effective way to help your child cope and stop the inappropriate behavior. This workshop will give you the tools to better understand and communicate with your child.
Simple Strategies for Teaching and Modeling Healthy Boundaries
Would you like to help your child assertively stand up for himself in challenging situations? Are you feeling disrespected or disregarded by the way your child talks to you sometimes? Kids learn by example, and teaching and modeling healthy boundaries is a crucial part of parenting. Come laugh & learn practical, positive strategies with us!
Preventing Tantrums and Meltdowns at Any Age!
YES! Tantrums and meltdowns really CAN be prevented!!! In just one hour, you will learn proven and effective strategies to do just that.
The Gift of Giving, NOT Giving In
Empowering our children by giving them choices and giving them the freedom to make mistakes: some might consider this strategy “giving in” to our kids. However, when done correctly, priceless lessons and growth are experienced by all.
Finish the Year Strong and Help Kids Develop a Love for Learning All Year Long
Spring fever can zap a child’s motivation to get up, go to school and apply themselves. But with final tests and grades on the horizon, a strong finish to the school year is essential. You can help BOOST your child’s motivation to learn all year long, with FUN and INNOVATIVE approaches your child will love. From pre- to high school, we will cover timeless techniques for:
- Overcoming homework and school work fatigue
- Preparing kids to do their best on end of year tests and finals
- Instilling a love for daily, life-long learning (even outside of the classroom!)
The Bedtime Battle & Morning Rush: Creating Routines for a Less Stressful Day
Do you dread the battle you often face while putting your child to bed each night? Is anyone in your family a bit grumpy in the morning? Or maybe just a little slow to get going? Do your mornings seem to turn into frantic rushes just to get out the door on time? Practical and simple solutions to ease the frustration of these common “trouble spots” will be cheerfully presented.