REGISTRATION is now OPEN for the
Spring 2020 Course
Special note from Dr. Laura:
I've been hearing from parents in lockdown at home with with their children
that they need the tools in this course more than ever.
To support you during this pandemic,
please use the discount code LOVEDOWN at checkout for 10% off.
The biggest challenge we all face right now is isolation and fear.
So let's do this together. Let's thrive during this hard time -- by looking after each other.
Who says we can't spin dross into gold? Together, we can DO hard things!
(We're very sorry, but we are not able to apply discount codes retroactively
to previous purchases.)
This course is for you if:
- You want to help your child WANT to cooperate, without yelling, bribes, threats or punishment.
- You want support to feel more confident and peaceful as a parent.
- You want to yell less and connect more.
- You want strategies for those moments when you’ve tried everything you can think of and you’re stuck.
- You just wish someone would give you the words to say.
- You want to strengthen and sweeten your relationship with your child before he or she gets into the more difficult years ahead.
- You and your partner want to get on the same page with peaceful parenting. Dr. Laura encourages you to share this inspiring experience with your parenting partner. There is no additional charge for you to share your account to access the Course, as long as you live together.
- You know you could handle things better with your child, but you get too angry.
- You’ve read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids or you follow Dr. Laura's newsletters, but you want more support to put the theory into practice. This course deepens the work of the book and gives more focus than the newsletters.
- You’re a coach or parent educator. This Course will help you support parents more effectively. And when Dr. Laura Markham accepts a new group of trainees to become certified as Aha! Parenting Educators, taking this course before applying will be a required prerequisite.
Things are basically fine at my house.
Will I still find this course useful?
Yes! This is an opportunity to put guided effort and energy into your family life to fine-tune your approach and shift things to a new level. You'll learn specific skills to strengthen all your family relationships, work through your own issues, and coach your child. And by the end of the course, you'll find that you have a lot less drama and a lot more love in your home.
(Or continue below to see what parents are saying...)
More than 10,000 parents have transformed their families by taking this course.
What Parents Say About This
Catherine - mother of 7, 4 & 1 year old girls
Dajana - mother of 7 & 4 year old boys & 10 month old girl
Riki - mother of twin toddlers
Natalee - mother of a 6 year old
Suzana - mother of a 4, 6, 8, 10 and 14 year old
Emily - mother of an 8 year old
Kat - mother of a 5, 7 and 2 year old
Suzannah and John
Kim - mother of a 5 year old
Sara - mother of 4 daughters, ages 1 to 9 years
(From parent evaluations)
"My personal growth has been amazing. That’s not to say that I don't still have lots of room to grow, but I don’t think I would have been able to do this by myself, without the course. The change in our eldest daughter (3.5 yo) was evident from week 1. What a blessing this course has been!" - Ruth Faria
"Much less yelling and more connecting!! I wish I would have known about this course sooner (my kids are 8 and 10 years old) but SO glad I found it now BEFORE the teen years! This sets me up for great teen years!!" - Jennifer Bevacqua
"Dr. Markham delivers what she promises, and we are already feeling the benefits. Tantrums are now a rarity. More unprompted communication about how something makes my daughter feel. Greater cooperation. Less tension. Loved Dr. Markham's tone; the amount of information that was packed into each week; the well-organized presentation, both in the audio and in the email and online materials." - Lisa Talbot
"I learned that Self-care is important, not just for my own, but for the family's benefit, too! This was one of the best courses of my life!" - Anca Dancu
"I will say in all honesty that this Course has been life-changing for me. Instead of drawn-out battles we are now able to re-connect and work together and move forward." - Kim Makara
"I'm so grateful for this course and how supportive and not judgmental Dr. Laura is....So helpful to recognize that self care isn't an indulgence, it's a necessity to bring out my best self. When I do, I feel such a remarkable connection to my kids. It's like night and day. More empathy equals less stress.... This course gave me the motivation to keep coming back when I fall off the wagon." - Nicole Sanchez
"After the course, we have had less sibling rivalry, we feel like happier, more loving parents and we feel better about how we can teach our children. This course was very healing for my own past issues -- I didn't expect that. And the price is incredible for the amount of material and teaching you get!" - Emily Stewart
"This Course has made me more aware of my parenting values. I especially loved the in-depth audio lectures....I manage to calm myself more often and am more often able to be empathetic towards my child, even when I'm challenged...I still often fall short of my ideal of parenting, but I pick myself up and at least know where I want to go." - Iris D
"I loved having positive reinforcement, and the weekly lectures and reminders helped keep me focused....My kids and I are more connected now and I have an easier time being empathic and recognizing situations from their perspective." - Mackenzie Rodriguez
"The content of this course has been priceless. Her teaching using science and research fit well with my brain as I work in the medical field. It was a key for me to begin to understand my children differently. I am hopeful for the future after having several years of mostly despairing as a parent." - Elissa N.
"The quality of the course is astonishing. This is real academic stuff. And very very very well brought to the students. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and consider it to be the greatest gift I have ever given myself and my children." - Michael R.
"This course is life changing! I love that I can go at my own pace and revisit them any time in the future."
"I have no words to describe how helpful this course was! It was all far beyond my wildest expectations."
"This course was better than I ever expected. It has changed not only my parenting life, but the way I relate to my husband, neighbors, friends and family...the concepts are universal!"
"I've heard many of the ideas presented in the course before, from the Aha site as well as others; however, I've never been able to put them into practice. Investing in this course made me accountable to myself, and the audios were the missing piece I needed to guide me. I loved hearing Dr. Laura's voice give me the exact words to use with my children. Reading them in her emails or books were different from HEARING her say them in the empathic tone that really makes the difference. I never heard that tone growing up - I needed to hear it to know how to emulate it. This course has exceeded my expectations and I'm telling everyone about it."
"I kept finding myself in disbelief at the quality, and the level of revelation and wisdom, and the amount of material presented in Dr. Laura's course. It was by far the most satisfied I have ever felt with an online course! I kept thinking to myself, I just can't believe how good this is, and how much information she is providing...answering my deepest heart questions, freely sharing from her rich background and experience! I was blown away!"
"I've read the book twice before this course and have taken four other parenting courses, but THIS course is having the most profoundly positive effect on healing me and enabling me to put my oxygen mask on first before helping others. Thank you!"
"When I started this course, my 6 year old girl was an intensely explosive, defiant, rude, aggressive and generally very, very difficult kid. I was walking on eggshells every single day, terrified of asking her to perform a simple task around the house or even do something like repeat herself when I didn't hear her soft voice from the backseat because seemingly everything triggered a volcanic meltdown. Slowly, she has somehow morphed into a little girl who let me sleep in this morning while she drew pictures, who responds to my requests with kindness, who freely expresses generosity and gratitude, and who today asked me, "Can I do some chores?" I am grateful, surprised, and frankly, incredibly relieved. Parenting an explosive child frequently feels like torture. Tonight I am deeply thankful for this class."
"Engaging, transformative practical steps that can be taken right away. I had reached a point of despair. This is transformational at a cellular level."
"This is one of the most important things I've done for me, my children and society ... I cannot stress enough how amazing and transforming this has been. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"The audios are so full of wisdom and practical examples. I can also feel the daily inspiration audios working, making me a more peaceful person. Thank you so much!"
"My daughter's behavior (3 years) changed very much and we have built a so much nicer relationship. I discovered the joy again in being a parent - something that went missing before which made the days so often terrible for everybody. Thank you!"
"Loved the specific examples of possible difficult conversations and modeling how to make them positive and constructive."
"Dr. Laura's soothing voice and amazing ability to help me feel capable of growing and changing. Learning more about empathy, to see it in action, feel its connecting powers and to be astonished how it can transform any relationship."
"I loved listening and re-listening to each week's audio. By the end of the week, I'd really let that lesson sink in before beginning the next. The audios were easy to listen to while driving or working out, and I looked forward to it."
"Just regulating myself has made a HUGE difference in my stress level.... My relationships with my children are flourishing. Thank you!"
"My self care and self regulation has made a huge impact on the level of peace and well-being my family experiences. I finally understand the importance of special time. I feel like I now belong to a family that loves each other no matter what."
"Fantastic course - easy to download, great reinforcement delivered in multiple learning formats."
"I LOVE THE SCRIPTS that Dr. Laura gives us. It helps when I don't know what to say."
REGISTRATION is now open for the
Spring 2020 Course
Make 2020 the year of less drama and more love for your family.Yes! I want this support!
(or read on to see everything you get with the Course...)
What You’ll Get:
Every Thursday for 12 weeks, you’ll receive a new audio lesson from Dr. Laura, along with a transcript, journal prompts, exercises to do with your child, handouts, five short daily meditation audios and other bonus resources. Over the course of each week, explore and learn at your convenience. Everything is self-paced, so you never need to worry about falling behind. You have lifetime access! The course includes:
11 Weekly Audios
Hear Dr. Laura Markham’s tone of voice in examples of everyday parenting challenges. Transcripts included.
60 Audio Inspirations
4 minute meditations designed to help you rewire your brain for more calmness and presence.
Course participants and grads support each other on a private Facebook Forum, moderated by Dr. Laura's trained coaches.
Weekly assignments to practice this approach with your child, plus journal prompts and questions, and reminders to post on your refrigerator.
Answers to your biggest parenting challenges
Listen to your choice of recordings of Dr. Laura answering the most frequent parenting questions on a range of topics, from Handling Aggression and Anxiety to Siblings and Special Needs.
Including the "Conscious Co-Parenting" series (a $59 value), many audios and ebooks from the Aha! Parenting website, plus exclusive interviews.
Each family receives one of Dr. Laura's books, “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” which is the text for this Course.
If you already have "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids," you may choose at checkout to substitute "Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings” or (for a small surcharge) "The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids WORKBOOK."
What You Will Learn
Peaceful Parenting 101
In this session, I’ll introduce you to the 3 big ideas that will change your life as a parent and shift your family, over the next 12 weeks, to less drama and more love.
Regulating Your Own Emotions
You'll learn tools this week to notice when you're getting close to the edge, and powerful practices to return yourself to calm. If you’re a yeller, here’s where you take your Vow of Yellibacy.
Connecting with Your Child
Parenting is 80% connection and only 20% guidance, because until children feel connected they have no reason to follow our guidance. In this session, you’ll learn best practices for staying connected with your child, and specific tools for reconnecting after tough times.
Parenting for Emotional Intelligence
This week you'll learn how emotions work, including some secrets about anger that most people don't know, how to help your child empty a full emotional backpack, and how to heal even the most turbulent emotions. We'll practice using empathy, your magic wand, to give your child's brain the best possible environment to learn to self-regulate.
In this session, we'll discuss why children misbehave and what the research says about the best way to guide your child and teach the important lessons. You'll learn how children develop self-discipline and impulse control and why time-in works while time-out doesn't. We'll practice setting limits that stick, without power struggles or drama.
You know those problems that always seem to blow up in your face and land your family in the breakdown lane? You can avoid most of those surprises with preventive maintenance. This week we'll explore the power of routines, empathy, special time, scheduled meltdowns and other preventive maintenance practices.
Tips for the Transition to Peaceful Parenting
If you've been relying on bribes, threats and punishment to get your child to cooperate, you can expect some bumps as you and your children learn new patterns of relating. This week you'll learn some tips to make this transition easier for your family.
You can only give your kids what you have inside. This week, you'll create a self-care plan to keep your cup full, so you can be emotionally generous with others. This is your chance to learn emotional self-care, or how to parent yourself!
Mastery: Developing resilience, self-discipline and grit.
This week we explore how children develop the fortitude that leads to mastery. We'll practice encouraging rather than praising, and learn how to find the sweet spot between free range and helicoptering.
Healing Your Triggers
Those times when you say or do something you later regret? They're always when you're triggered, so you get hijacked by anger. This week, I'll guide you to begin identifying and healing those triggers, so you don't get upset so often, and can recover more quickly when you do.
This week, we'll apply the peaceful parenting principles to raising siblings, so you can stop the fighting and raise children who will be friends for life. You'll learn simple yet powerful ways to foster a loving, supportive bond between siblings, and teach your kids to navigate conflict constructively. Only one child? No worries. These tips apply to peer relationships, too.
Putting it all together
This week, apply the Peaceful Parenting ideas to your biggest challenges by listening to your choice of recordings of Dr. Laura answering some of the most frequent parenting questions on a range of topics, from Handling Aggression and Anxiety to Siblings and Special Needs. You'll also put together a plan to make the Peaceful Parenting tools even more effective for you, and to stay on track in the future.
DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO TAKE THE
Spring 2020 Course
Lifetime access for only $154 USD.Yes! I want this support!
(Still have a question? See the frequently asked questions below)
Frequently Asked Questions
Registration for the Spring Course closes on Thursday April 9. Because we need time to get your book for the Course to you before the Course begins on April 16, we can't be flexible about the registration deadline. Every time we close registration we hear from people who missed their chance to register. Please don't let that happen to you -- claim your spot as soon as you can!
It's a course that is offered via the internet and the phone, so it gives you a wonderful, self-paced way to engage with recorded lectures and meditations, plus reading assignments and an online forum, from the comfort of your own home!
The next course begins on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Your audio lecture and five daily inspiration meditations for each week will be released on Thursday mornings (Eastern time), along with accompanying handouts, homework assignments, journaling prompts, guided meditations and other resources. This is a self-paced course, so you can work with the materials at your own pace. You have access to the online forum for as long as this course is offered, which should be long after your child (or children) are grown! You can download all materials and repeat the Course for free any time it is offered.
The time will fly by, because we're going to send you Dr. Laura's book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids so you can start reading right away. (If you already have it, you will have the opportunity to substitute one of her other books at checkout.) Try some ideas and keep a list of any questions that arise for you. And once you register for the Course, you will have immediate access to the Welcome page for the Course, which has some other assignments to help you start upgrading your parenting -- before the Course even begins.
Finally, please be sure that you're subscribed to Dr. Laura's free, inspiring, weekly Parenting Tips. You'll learn terrific parenting tools that you can begin using even before the course starts.
Great! We're using it as the text for this Course, so you'll want to review it. But during registration, you'll have the opportunity to substitute Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings instead. And if you already have both of these books (or you only have one child so you don't need the Sibling book), you can upgrade to the Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids WORKBOOK for a small additional charge (because it costs more for us to get it to you). Have all three books? Wonderful! You still get a book with the Course. They make great gifts!
Yes! All of the lectures and meditations in the Course can be downloaded for offline listening. It's easy, and we give you detailed, step-by-step instructions.
The only exception is a bonus you get in Week 12, which is two special audios from Dr. Laura's Audio Library. Like Netflix, audios from this Library can only be streamed, not downloaded. So you will need to listen to your special bonus audios when you are online, but you will have ongoing access to them along with the rest of this Course, so that you can listen to them at your convenience.
This is a self-paced course, so that's no problem. Each week, we have a different focus, and the topics build on each other. If you miss a session, you can access all the course recordings and other materials on your own account page on the Aha! Parenting website. This is the beauty of this format, especially for parents. You can work with this course material at the time that is most convenient for you and your family. Many people self-pace and take a full six months to complete the course. Some people finish it and immediately begin it again.
It doesn't! You have access for the life of the Course (and Dr. Laura doesn't plan to stop teaching it until after your child is grown!) You can even opt in to take the Course again any time it is taught -- for free. And you have ongoing access to the private Facebook Forum.
Yes! The Peaceful Parenting Collective on Facebook is a private forum, available only to parents who are participating in this online course or who are past graduates of it. This is a wonderful community for parents to ask questions, share successes and frustrations, and give each other support and encouragement. The admin of this Facebook Group is a parenting coach that Dr. Laura trained and supervises, but the forum is designed primarily as a way for parents to support each other. You'll be invited to join beginning in Week One of the Course.
In Week 12 of the Course, you'll also have a chance to listen to recordings of some of the most common questions asked by parents, with Dr. Laura's answers. Many parents say they learn so much from listening to other parents' questions and answers -- and often their own question is answered.
Your investment in this 12-week course is $154 USD. The course includes 11 weekly audio lectures and transcripts, 60 short daily inspiration audios, one copy of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids mailed to you anywhere in the world, a number of audios and ebooks that are available for sale on the Aha! Parenting website but are given free to course participants, an ongoing private Facebook Forum that doesn't expire, and various bonus audio interviews and "how to" videos. Everything is downloadable. And your enrollment in the Course never expires -- you can retake it again for free whenever it's offered!
It's true that most courses that are three months long and give you lifetime access, with an ongoing forum that you can use for years after you take the Course and so many audios and other materials, are priced much higher. In fact, the very popular "Conscious Co-Parenting" five-hour audio series is usually sold on the Aha! Parenting website for $59 -- and it's just one of the free bonuses you receive as part of this course! But Dr. Laura wants to get these tools and ideas into the hands of as many parents as possible, so she purposely keeps the price as low as possible.
To keep the price low, we ask that you not share your log-in info or Course materials beyond your household. As features are added to the course and to cover costs, the price may go up somewhat, but Dr. Laura is committed to keeping it affordable for parents.
Great! Many course participants live outside the US. Peaceful parenting is a worldwide movement. Welcome!
Kids who have special needs will be a handful for most parents, whether those needs are sensory issues, health issues, a diagnosis of being on the spectrum, or attachment issues from adoption. These parents need as much support as possible.
Will Peaceful Parenting be "enough" for a family with a special needs child? Maybe not. For instance, a child with sensory issues benefits from early OT intervention to retrain the brain. A child with attachment issues from foster care or adoption requires therapy with their parent to strengthen the attachment relationship.
But I have seen that learning to use the peaceful parenting approach is even MORE important for families with special needs kids, because it helps parents self-regulate and connect, as well as coach. The basic peaceful parenting approach is:
1. Regulate your own emotions. Even harder with a special needs child, but they are often even more sensitive to your anger than other children.
2. Connect. Often much harder, but even more important, because why else will they follow your lead? If your child has attachment issues, I advise counseling support for your relationship. But you'll still want to support your bond using the peaceful parenting tools.
3. Coach instead of punish. Most "experts" give advice that centers on rewards and punishments. I believe that all humans deserve the dignity of being coached to be their best selves, rather than punished when they don't behave as we'd like. Special needs children have a different experience of the world than we do, and it must often frighten them. When they act out of fear, they deserve love, not punishment. Of course we will need to set limits, but we can set those with love. And kids with special needs have a harder time self-regulating, so they need emotion-coaching even more than other children. Coaching is also more effective in gaining cooperation, because ALL humans have the instinct to "follow" only those who have their best interests at heart, and rebel against being controlled.
While many examples in the course will be about younger children, the principles apply to all age kids. So the content of this course will be applicable to most stages of your journey as a parent: whether your child is just crawling, a toddler, five, eight or even eighteen years old. In fact, many course participants say the course improved their relationships with spouses and work colleagues.
But because the challenges facing parents during the preteen and teen years are so different, this course is primarily designed primarily for parents of kids who are ten years or younger. If you're not sure whether this course will be relevant to you, please read Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids. If you find the book relevant and useful, you will find the course relevant and useful.
This is an online course that gives you audio lessons and meditations to listen to, and handouts and other homework for self-directed learning. It is not anything like therapy, which gives you personalized support from a trained therapist who meets with you in person. For parents who have trauma backgrounds, I recommend that you tackle deep work only with the help of a trusted counselor who is there to support you. The reason we leave the "Healing Your Triggers" lesson for late in the course is that by then parents who are participating in the course will be aware of their own triggers. Parents have the option in that week of working simply on their own self-regulation, or working with their own counselor on a trigger, or skipping the lesson entirely.
The next course will start in April 2020. There will also be a course in Autumn 2020. But if you think you'd like to take the course, don't wait. Registering for the next course gives you lifetime access, even if the price goes up. (We do foresee a price increase in Autumn 2020.)
You have Dr. Laura's No-Risk Personal Guarantee: If at any point during the first month (which is the first third of the course) you aren't completely thrilled by what you're getting out of it, just email us asking for a refund and your payment (minus the cost of the book and a small processing fee) will be cheerfully refunded, no questions asked.
That means that refunds will be given for any cancellation received via e-mail at any time before Session 5 is released. We will deduct $15 for your copy of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, which you may keep, as well as an additional $20 for postage and course processing. (If you are not in the United States, any additional postage that we spent to mail your book to you will also be deducted.)
So you get the first month to "try out" the Course, plus the book, with no risk. As Dr. Laura says, that first month is enough to change your life!
After Week 5 begins, no refunds will be made.
Please Note: If you sell a parenting program or course, you will not be eligible for a refund.
No worries. You have lifetime access to the Course materials. You can begin the Course again at any time.
Our Account Login process was recently improved! Just go to the My Courses Login Page to login using the email you provided at registration. If you have forgotten your password, no worries, there's a password reset link and other quick troubleshooting tips there as well. If you are still having issues after trying the troubleshooting steps, please submit a support request and we'll be happy to help!
No worries, if it's been longer than 3 weeks since you registered, and you had the book shipped to a U.S. address, we can track it for you. If your book is being shipped outside of the U.S., we can tell you when it was dispatched. Just submit a support request and we'll get your book to you.
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"One generation full of deeply loving parents
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and with that, the world."
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Give yourself the support you need to become the parent you want to be.
"Dr. Laura-- I can’t thank you enough. Even though I’m not quite putting it all into practice, this keeps me on track when I falter as I do every single day!"
The truth is, we all falter every single day.
We all get by with a little help from our friends, and we all need constant support (internal and external) to stay on track. Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever have. Why not give yourself the support you deserve, so you can enjoy the journey?
Dr. Laura Markham's approach is science-based and parent-tested.
Her first book, Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, has rapidly become a word-of-mouth bestseller as readers post reviews on Amazon testifying to the transformation in their families. In this course, Dr. Laura walks you through the lessons in the book, deepening your understanding, answering your questions, and helping you put this approach into practice with your own child.
A PhD in clinical psychology...And a mom.
Dr. Laura Markham dedicates her practice to helping parents transform their relationships with their children. She's counseled thousands of families, so she gives you hands-on, parent-proven strategies that are guaranteed to shift the dynamic in your home for the better. And she's also a mom, so she understands how hard it is -- and how to make it easier.
This online course can change your life.
Whether you're looking for an Aha! moment to transform your child, or learning to regulate your own emotions, Dr. Laura Markham's been there. Let her be your guide. It takes about 90 days to develop a habit. Why not try this course for 90 days and see what kind of change you can make?
Less drama. More love. What do you have to lose?
Don't miss the Spring 2020
Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Course
Special note from Dr. Laura:
I've been hearing from parents in lockdown at home with with their children
that they need the tools in this course more than ever.
To support you during this pandemic,
please use the discount code LOVEDOWN at checkout for 10% off.
(We're sorry, but this can not be applied to previous purchases.)