Meet Us

 

Colleen Mullowney

Parent Educator

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     It seems that being a parent today is harder than ever. The truth is, it is not any harder, it is just that we didn’t know how hard it was until we became parents ourselves!  A wonderful change is the information we have on brain science and child development that makes us rethink and retool the way we were parented.  Often we think we know the parent we want to be until we become parents ourselves, Then we scramble for solutions that are different than the ones we know.  We have little time to read all of the books on brain development, child development, and the newest parenting strategies.  As the days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, we start to feel that there has to be a better way. 

  

     At the age of 43, I became a mother for the first time.  With an undergraduate degree in Communication from California State University Long Beach and a Masters in Psychology from Antioch University, I knew I was better prepared for this chapter in my life, and I also feared the trauma of my own childhood coming back to haunt me.  I knew I needed to parent differently and I found myself struggling daily to be present for my son and all of his feelings and needs. As my frustration turned to resentment, I sought help. 

     I found an eight-week parenting class though ECHO Parenting and Education that taught a parenting practice based on the strategies and research of nonviolent communication by Marshall Rosenberg.  Nonviolent parenting encompasses the compassion and empathy in our language when we speak to our children, as well as elements of Attachment parenting, and the newest research in Brain and Child development.  I found the information and tools from this class, not only helped me maintain a better connection to my child, but to myself, and those around me too.

     As with most things that touch us deeply, I wanted to deepen my practice in the art of Nonviolent parenting and I surrounded myself with people who thought similarly.  Everywhere I looked I saw my relationships changing, my eyes were open to a whole new world of empathy and connection.  I decided to become a certified ECHO parent educator and soon Emotionally Intelligent Parenting was born. This was no longer about me becoming a better parent, but a better person, someone my son will always know he can trust with all of his feelings and needs. 

With Gratitude,

Colleen

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"

~Mahatma Gandhi

 

Yvonne Buckley

Parent Educator

     Hello! My name is Yvonne Buckley. I am a California certified K-12 teacher with a masters in Literacy & a certified Parent Educator.

I have always been passionate about children and their development and supporting others in honoring the whole child through mindful and intentional communication. 

     Even as a small child I felt strongly about children having a voice. As early as five years old, I would sit down with little kids and ask them what happened or what did they need. I began babysitting at eleven and continued after college. I taught swimming and gymnastics lessons in High School and College. I tutored and worked in after school programs in College too. I loved all my time with children and all the wonderful feedback of how happy their parents and they were with their experiences.

 

     I majored in Education and minored in Psychology, receiving my Bachelor's degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. While teaching Third and Fourth Grade in Bronx, New York I worked on my Masters in Literacy from Manhattanville College, Harrison, New York. After receiving my Masters, I relocated to California and taught First Grade in Palos Verdes until the birth of my daughter. During my years of teaching other teachers and parents would ask, "How do you get children to listen and do what you want?" I would respond, "I watch, I listen, and check in with what works for us all. When they feel loved and respected they are willing to help, give respect to others and do what works for the greater good of the class." I was a mentor and lead teacher for most of my teaching years. During this time I was also asked by many parents how I thought they could communicate better with their children.

     When my daughter Annabelle was born I had a deep desire to be a stay at home mom to be with her for all her firsts. Thankfully, my husband, Kevin made this desire a reality. During that time I joined a mom's collective group where we babysat each other's children and later when Annabelle was around one and a half we set up our own preschool sessions where one parent was the lead teacher and the other the assistant. Every other mom dropped off their child to us for a couple of hours. I planned many science experiments, hands on experiences and crafts for the children. Around this time I was also introduced to Echo Parenting. In a desire to have my husband and I aligned in our parenting practices we took an 8 session course on Echo Parenting. It opened my eyes even further to the science behind what is happening in the child's brain and how deeply important it is to stay connected to him/her, especially when triggered by our own childhood wounds. Also, how to be consciously aware of what is happening to me verses what is happening for my daughter in the moment. I feel very grateful to have been given the gift of this knowledge while Annabelle was so young and I am excited to share it with others.

     My personal journey, struggles, and successes organically led to an interest in supporting other families. I completed the eight month Parent Educator Certification Program through Echo Parenting and Education. Now I combine this training with my experience and knowledge to help others learn effective tools for Emotionally Intelligent Parenting and compassionate communication. I have lead Mommy and Me groups with ages 1-12months and currently teach Parenting Workshops and support groups based on topics that are relevant to my audience.

      I look forward to working with you in whatever capacity it may be. 

With gratitude & love,

 Yvonne                                                                                                                                                 

Get very clear about the kind of world we would like and then start living that way.                   -Marshall Rosenberg

Get very clear about the kind of world we would like and then start living that way.                   -Marshall Rosenberg