From an early age I always loved being with children. I was the one in the neighborhood who started babysitting at age 12 and never stopped. Even in my 20’s waiting tables in the West Village I would end up playing with the kids and getting asked to babysit (which I couldn’t say no to). My graduate degrees in school psychology and school counseling gave me just what I needed to work with and help children: the clinical skills to assess and evaluate, as well as the counseling skills to effectively intervene.
While working in Seattle Public Schools, I was introduced to Positive Discipline in the classroom. The foundation of Adlerian psychology, which reinforces a child’s need for significance and belonging, and the framework Positive Discipline gave me to teach life skills, as opposed to just stopping or changing behavior proved to be respectful and effective. Working with preschool and elementary ages, I realized that I needed a way to teach their parents too. I became a Positive Discipline educator, growing my business of classes, power workshops, private coaching, teacher trainings and parent education talks all over the city. There was nothing more rewarding than a parent telling me how the experience had changed their family for the better, that they felt rejuvenated and inspired.
Meanwhile, I knew everything about parenting until I actually had my own children! I began practicing Positive Discipline from the time I was pregnant with my first daughter, even starting family meetings when she was in a high chair. It has been a continued messy practice ever since, growing our family into a party of five.
The feedback I always get from my classes are that the “real” stories are the most helpful. The times I am NOT a perfect parent, and how I pick myself up and keep trying, sharing the latest brain research but also the real life application of a working mom. Adding a deep mindfulness practice to work and home has been a game changer for me and helped me answer “HOW do I implement the tool?” I infused this into my classes and heard parents and teachers say time and time again, “I wish I could have a little Julietta on my shoulder in the moment.” I founded Sproutable to offer a new way of learning where parents can SEE these tools in action right when they need it.