Start Small Parenting -

Foundation Training

"Annie is a brave and hilarious teacher. I have no doubt that the next few years of my life I will use something I learned from Annie every single day, and the value of that is incalculable." - Dan, W.

A Joyful Experience in Raising Young Children


Join Annie Keeling and other parents for 6 group sessions. Together, we'll explore the pitfalls and traps that drive parents when trying to get their child to change behaviors. You'll learn tools that really work and take away a blueprint to make parenting easier and your 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. This class provides a chance to teach you and your child another way.

"I thought I would just love my child and the rest would fall into place.

Now I love who I am as a parent, too." - Brie S.

Some of What Will Be Reviewed

  • Cooperation: Teach your child to respond to your voice the first time you make a request.
  • Off-track behaviors: Tantrums, Hitting, Refusal, Mealtime, Bedtime, Sharing ...And More. Learn how to respectfully help your child with the toughest behaviors.
  • Natural Authority: Define parents' natural responsibility and how it fits into family-centered homes.
  • Connection instead of Chaos: Learn tried and true methods to calm yourself amidst chaos, interrupt an unwanted habit or pattern, and ultimately create stronger connections with your kids.
  • Whole Brain, Whole Body: Child development and how it relates to learning, behaviors, and parenting.
  • Punishment vs Consequences: Replace threats, coercion, yelling, and punishment with positive corrective experiences.
  • Parenting Partners: How to work with the other partner and get the support and self-care you need.

  • Parent Perspective: Gain a new view of your children and their behavior to understand what's really going on and how to most respectfully help them learn and grow.
  • Thematic Parenting: Rather than be drained by addressing each situation, learn to use themes to make your parenting easier.
  • Resilience: Stop doing the Happy Dance and learn how to help your child with resilience, big emotions, and self-control.
  • Yes and No: Learn when to have Necessary Nos and how to use your Yesses.
  • Guerrilla Lovefare: Help your child learn with creativity, surprises, and a sense that you - the parent - have got this!

"Annie has an amazing ability to help new parents with common situations

and make them good problems!" - Shaun B.

Discovery Seats

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Brainstorm with Annie during a "Discovery Seat" session where practical solutions will be found

to meet your specific needs and frustrations.

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Your Instructor

Annie Keeling, MFA, is a parent educator, music teacher, dancer, writer, and mom. She teaches Start Small Parenting classes in Nevada County as well as Music Together for families of young children.

The program contains 65 combined years of early childhood teaching and family therapy experience. Annie teamed with her father, Gailen Keeling, a family therapist of over 45 years, to develop Start Small Parenting. 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. She also trained with The Center for Music & Young Children of Princeton, NJ.

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


Registration for Winter Session 2018 is OPEN

What: Parenting tools to build a respectful foundation for the early years

Who: For parents of young children (recommended ages 2-5)

Dates: 6 weeks, February 4 - March 11, 2018

When: Sundays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Where: The Nest, 107 W Main St, Grass Valley

Cost: $100 person / $150 per couple

Returnee Fee: $50.00 (Space is limited)

More Info: Annie Keeling • 530-210-1100 •

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