Parent Coaching

A Joyful Experience in Raising Young Children

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Annie Keeling, MFA, meets with parents one-on-one to assist with pitfalls and traps that drive parents when trying to get their child to change behaviors. In private sessions, parents learn stragegies that can be used for these behaviors and take away a blueprint to make parenting easier and family connections stronger.


The punitive model of parenting - threats, coercion, yelling, shaming, isolation - yields immediate results but the cost is high. Not only does punishment often make the child feel unsafe, this outer form of control interferes with the child's ability to develop self-discipline and responsibility from the inside. Just as problematic is the Wait-and-See method, hoping the child outgrows the behavior. Either of these can make for disrespectful or fearful kids and then, unreliable adults who have trouble managing themselves, especially in relationships. These sessions provide a chance for parent and child to learn another way.

Annie Keeling, MFA

Annie is a parent educator, music teacher, and writer. She teaches RadParents Core Training as classes in Nevada County. She also coaches parents in one-on-one sessions.


She has a B.S. in Dance Therapy & Education from UW-Madison with an emphasis on early childhood education, an MFA in Dance from UCLA, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.


Annie is a certified RMT Strategic Intervention coach. She is certified in Brain Gym I and II and holds a certification from The Center for Music & Young Children of Princeton, NJ. She also worked with her father, Gailen Keeling, a family therapist of over 45 years, teaching with him, editing his books, and developing parent training
coursework together.


Her column, Parenting Points, appears regularly in The Union newspaper of Nevada County. She also has a blog, Start Small Parenting.


In addition to parenting classes. she has taught early childhood music and movement classes for over 20 years. This includes Music Together

for families of young children and DanceAlong creative movement classes.

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Reasons Why Parents Work With Annie

  • Address Misbehaviors (off-track behaviors): Not Listening, Tantrums, Hitting, Refusal, Sleep, Sharing ...And More. Learn how to respectfully help a child with the toughest behaviors.
  • More Connection: Learn 4 Pillars of Success that all families can begin using to create immediate change.
  • Explore Natural Authority: Define parents' natural responsibility and how it fits into family-centered homes.
  • Stop doing the Happy Dance. Learn how to help your child with resilience, big emotions, and self-control.
  • Cooperation Tools: Learn 6 cooperation strategies to help your child shift gears or make a change in behavior - either learning a new skill or stopping an unsafe or off-track behavior.
  • Increase Emotional Intelligence: Work with your anger-snap, use centering pattern interrupts to break the cycle, create stronger connections with your child, and teach them to identify and manage their emotions.
  • Create more Calm: Learn simplification techniques to help center the family.
  • Work with Parenting Partners: How to work with the other partner and get the support and self-care you need.
  • Positive Parenting: Replace threats, coercion, yelling, and punishment with positive corrective experiences that take you and your child's needs into consideration.
  • Understand Developmental Needs: What behaviors to expect and how best to help the child learn.
  • Guerrilla Lovefare: Help your child learn with creativity, surprises, and a sense that you - the parent - have got this!

Book a Session

1.5 hour sessions are available.

1 session = $100.00

2 sessions = $180.00

3 session = $240.00

4 month coaching package - Includes 8 sessions, home visit, and unlimited email/phone access for questions and support.

Phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or in-person at The Nest, 107 W. Main Street, Ste. B, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Contact Annie

Call Annie: 530-210-1100

Email Annie: teacherannie@gmail.com