Sproutable represents not only the growth of our children but also the journey and evolution that we go through as parents. Growing a child, teen and parent is hard work! We help YOU navigate this journey, no matter what season you are in, with transformative Positive Discipline tools that nurture powerful relationships.
The Sproutable Team
At its heart, Sproutable stands for a world where every human knows that they matter. We believe that all children and all adults deserve dignity, respect and compassion. We believe in everyone’s potential for growth.
We believe relationship matters.
We believe in boundaries WITH love.
We believe in tools that support your heart and your children.
The Sproutable team works every day to co-create confidence, encouragement and possibility with the clients we serve. We are deeply committed to the philosophy of Positive Discipline, the thread that is woven into all we create for parents.
At Sproutable, we embrace all families. We are dedicated to continue to learn from and for families of color and the LGBTQIA+ community, and all the places of intersection therein.
We are committed to always improving our support of families and classrooms. We are striving to cultivate connection, offer quality services and maintain integrity. We are a growth-minded, solution-focused organization and community.
Videographer, World Traveler, Parent, Former Nanny
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.
Teen Parent Coach, SUP Fanatic, Dance Floor Enthusiast, Personal Growth Junkie
Hi! My name is Casey. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with my 19-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, as well as my amazingly supportive partner. I grew up as the oldest of five siblings in a very blended family in the sunshine of Southern California.
My work has connected me with hundreds of families over the past 22+ years. Prior to starting my own business, I was the Family Programs Coordinator at my local YMCA, and before that, an elementary school teacher in the three-room school house in the Cascade Mountains. I earned my Master’s Degree in Education while teaching, and stepped out of the classroom when I had my first child.
I felt fortunate for the opportunity to choose to stay home while my children were young, and I believed, in light of my education background, that I had learned all I needed to show up as calm and connected for my kids… Ha.
The journey of parenting, and the lessons my kids showed up to teach me, took me by surprise.
Prior to having kids, I saw myself as a care-free spirit. But after becoming a mama, I noticed that all sorts of darkness was being stirred up by the challenges of raising my two kids. I was grateful to find the Positive Discipline philosophy when I did. It made such an huge impact on my family that I decided to teach it in my community.
Now, over 14 years later, I have led countless workshops for parents, both in person and online, and I have been walking my talk (mostly 😉 ) through all the trials and development of my two kids. In the spring of 2015, I launched the Joyful Courage Parenting Podcast where my real, raw and creative guest interviews and solo shows are designed to support, inspire and inform others on the parent journey.
The lessons and the learning continue for me. As my children moved into the teen years I was again confronted by challenges that I didn’t see coming… My offers now reflect the transformation that is available within our relationships with our kids, specifically in our relationships with our tweens and teens.. Because it isn’t enough to have the tools; parents must also have an awareness of what is happening for them emotionally as they face the challenges in front of them.
Parenting isn’t about them, it’s all about us.
Joyful Courage is about showing up, grateful for the opportunity to practice being our best selves, even when it is hard to do. My mission is to work with parents in a way that broadens their perspective on parenting, behavior and this lifelong journey we are all walking together; to offer a space for parents to clarify and explore what it means to live and love from their center.
Merging with the mission of Sproutable in 2022 is an exciting elevation, and opportunity to make an even bigger impact!
Early Childhood Expert, Retired Dancer, Storyteller, Parent, Former Nanny
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.
Nanny, Former Teacher, Reader, Positive Discipline Fanatic
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!