Positive Discipline Adlerian Psychology

About us

Sproutable represents not only the growth of our children but also the journey and evolution that we go through as parents. Growing a child (and parent) is hard work! Here at Sproutable we believe that all kids have the potential to be remarkable human beings. All parents, regardless of their own upbringing, have the potential to be remarkable parents. We believe in everyone’s potential. 

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Alanna Beebe and Julietta Skoog

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Julietta Skoog

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Alanna Beebe

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Alanna Beebe, Founder

Videographer, World Traveler, Parent, Former Nanny

Alanna is a certified Positive Discipline Educator. Has 15+ yrs in  public health & early learning communications, and equity & social justice policy development.  She is a former board member for WACAP (now HoltInternational.org), an international and domestic adoption and foster placement agency.

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Julietta Skoog, Co-Founder

Early Childhood Expert, Retired Dancer, Storyteller, Parent, Former Nanny

Julietta is a Certified Positive Discipline Advanced Trainer with an Ed.S Degree in School Psychology and a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Seattle University with over 20 years of experience helping families in schools and homes. Her expertise includes early child development, autism, learning disabilities, anxiety, and behavior disorders, as well as leading friendship groups and classroom lessons based on Positive Discipline, Social Thinking and Mindfulness.

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Danielle Taylor, Outreach Lead

Nanny, Former Teacher, Reader, Positive Discipline Fanatic

Danielle is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and Certified Positive Discipline Early Childhood Educator.  Danielle has over 13 years of experience working with children in various capacities, primarily as a nanny and a classroom teacher.  Danielle is a passionate life-longer learner and enjoys sharing Positive Discipline tips, tools, and tricks with others.

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Alanna's Story

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I’ve always been drawn to children and they to me. When I was 17, I went on a cultural immersion/volunteer trip to Nicaragua where I lived in a village with a family. When we came back from our trip, one of the trip leaders created little headlines to describe our impact on the community. Mine was something to the effect of, “wherever Alanna went a group of children followed.” 

 

I love learning! I was a huge bookworm when I was kid. I love figuring out how the world works, especially when it comes to human beings: why we do the things we do; how our brain functions (it’s fascinating!);  and the history of thought and progress. 

 

From my experience in childhood, I gained a deep desire for equity and social justice. I remember always having a strong opinion about what was fair and when it came to myself and my siblings the same treatment was NOT equal and that frustrated me. I also grew up in a house of abuse and addiction. Something I had to process and learn from so I didn’t make the same mistakes as an adult and as a parent. Like anyone, I had good role models and bad role models, but as a mother I had to figure out how I was going to parent differently. I do not want to mess up my kids.

 

Sproutable is the outcome of these desires, to help parents and caregivers offer children opportunities to learn the skills they need in a way that is aligned with their developmental stage and is based on mutual respect. It was a way for me to offer knowledge and tools so anyone can feel successful growing remarkable kids. Ultimately, by teaching and supporting children from a place of knowledge, connection, and respect, I believe we can build a better more equitable future for us all.

 

Julietta's Story

 
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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.

Danielle's Story

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I’ve known since childhood that I wanted to work with children.  I remember begging my teachers for extra copies of worksheets, so I could bring them home for the pretend “school” I had set-up in my garage for the other neighborhood kiddos!  I started babysitting the moment I could, and I got my first paying job the week I turned 15 at a children’s nursery.  My love of working with children only grew from there.  I went to the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with degrees in both Elementary Education and Psychology.  I enjoyed being a classroom teacher for years (experienced in preschool, kindergarten, and 2nd grade classrooms), but I was craving a closer connection with children & their families and fell into nannying.  Nannying is truly my dream career!  I know so few people who actually look forward to work every morning, but I sure do.  

When I started nannying, I was reading every parenting book, blog, and article I could get my hands on.  I just want the best for every child I work with, and that relies heavily on me bringing my best self to work each day.  Everything changed when I found Positive Discipline!  Finally, a philosophy that aligned with my beliefs and also worked so effectively.  I fully believe in respecting children and treating them with kindness, while encouraging respect for myself and the environment, too.  I was hooked. Soon after, I found myself attending a live Sproutable class with Julietta, and haven’t looked back since!  I was so excited to find two amazing women who loved Positive Discipline as much as I do, and working for a small, female-led business here in Seattle is just a dream (though I am still nannying full-time)!  

I have a voracious appetite for learning and you can often find me curled up with my cats and reading the latest parenting book.  In addition to Positive Discipline, I’ve completed trainings on Montessori in the Home, Conscious Discipline, Attachment Theory for Nannies, RIE, Sleep Consulting, Certified Passenger Safety Technician, nutrition, and I am an INA credentialed-nanny.  I’m a proud member of the Positive Discipline Association, the US Nanny Association, and the International Nanny Association.  I recently received my five-year service award pin from the INA. Nannying, Positive Discipline, and Sproutable truly are my passion, and I’m so glad to be here!

 
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