The Practice of Parenting

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The Practice of Parenting

Being human is messy.

Nothing reminds us of this more profoundly than raising children. “The Practice of Parenting” is inspired by the realization that we will never wake up the perfect parent, and that to honor both our own and our children’s integrity involves a moment to moment practice in awareness and humility. 

When I ask parents from all different backgrounds what traits they would like their children to embody when they are grown, I get bountiful lists: capable, patient, gracious, compassionate, resilient, at ease, humble, courageous, motivated, honest, healthy, hard-working, reliable, happy.  A tall order for any adult on a good day.

If only there were a recipe—one book, a guarantee that if we followed simple steps we could cultivate such traits within our children, promising them a satisfying and meaningful life.  

Although there are no such promises, it is clear that who we are to our children and how we respond to them have significant effects on who they become.

The Practice of Parenting helps to equip families with a greater understanding of child development, the human brain, and the significance of understanding one’s personal history. Your work will benefit your children’s trajectory and your relationship with them.
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Taylor Ross

Certificates and Specialties
• U-Mass Transdisciplinary IFECMH Graduate (Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health)
• Trauma Informed Parent Education
• Meditation
• Buddhist Psychology and Meditation
• SE Trauma Practitioner in 3rd year of training
• NAMC Certified Montessori Educator

I AM THE MOTHER of two young girls and it is with them that I get my most profound education. However, my professional work with children and parents started while I was getting my Montessori teaching certificate. When I was in the classroom, I found myself drawn to the intricacies of adult-child dynamics as they relate to Child Development. I became curious about how we, as adults go about supporting children’s natural tendencies toward learning and being in the world and how we effect their innate connections to self and other during the crucial, foundation-building years. 

My search for in-depth conversation on the subject led me to the Non-profit organization, Echo Parenting (The Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting), in Los Angeles. After being floored by a weekend intensive there, I enrolled and graduated from their Parent Education Certificate Program, an intensive training in the Nonviolent Parenting Philosophy and Curriculum. I left this program and began working as a Parent Educator,
with a passion to share what I had learned and a thirst for more knowledge.

While teaching, I continued my schooling by attending the
University of Massachusetts Boston’s Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program (2010-11). This was a unique opportunity for me to learn from and build a community of some of the most cutting edge researchers, therapists, doctors and scholars in the field of Child Development and Infant Parent Mental Health. In this program, I delved into topics such as trauma healing,  neuro-development, attachment, regulatory disorders of childhood (sleeping, feeding, crying), developmental risk and resilience, and public policy and research related to child-parent physical, social, emotional and mental health.  This program fed my fire to learn and made even more apparent to me how quickly we are gaining new knowledge through science. I am now constantly seeking and integrating new information for my own personal practice of parenting and my work in the community.  
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Based in San Anselmo, CA, I work with parents privately and in groups. I also work with local private and public schools, providing parent  and staff education on strengthening social-emotional learning. I have designed the KidsBASIC curriculum for school-aged children with the goal to foster the development of a robust sense of self and support their innate empathy and compassion for others. 

I feel grateful to be a part of a movement that deeply honors childhood, helping our children grow up in communities that strengthen their inner integrity and support their feelings of efficacy in the world.