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Kathryn is a mother of 5 young through to teenage children. With so many children she gets plenty of opportunity to use the Parenting by Connection tools and knows just how powerful and life changing they are! Kathryn completed her degree as a school teacher. While 'prac' teaching, Kathryn learned the size of the challenge for teachers, who are very often trying to impart knowledge to children who are feeling 'disconnected', without the resources (due to usual classroom sizes) to really offer the connection that children need in order to learn. Knowing that a strong parent-child relationship keeps children feeling connected, after some deep thought, she decided that the way she most wanted to use her teaching skills, was to teach Parenting by Connection to parents. In this way, she can make a vital difference to parents and teachers, as well as to children.
Kathryn loves to work with parents, and has a particular passion for supporting parents of teenagers. She has learnt that it is never too late to build the close, loving, mutually-respectful relationship you want with your child. Parenting by Connection, in fact, gave her back her hope when she was able to use the tools so effectively with her teenage children. She also has both passion and experience in working with multicultural groups, supporting their parenting in an inclusive and respectful manner. Kathryn provides leadership to women in the Muslim community across the world through delivery of a variety of online classes.
Kim took her first Building Emotional Understanding Course (now known as the Parenting by Connection Starter Class) in 2012 and immediately found what she was hearing made more sense than anything she had heard before about parenting.
"I was trundling along as a new parent of a toddler and young baby, thinking things were going along as normal - a few toddler tantrums here, a couple of sleep 'issues' there… Nothing different from what anyone else seemed to be experiencing. Yet the mainstream suggestions made no difference; the authoritarian measures felt too harsh; and the passivity of 'giving in' didn't accommodate my own needs. Then, a good friend suggested the Building Emotional Understanding Course and, even though I didn't think I needed a course, I went ahead. And boy am I glad I did! I almost instantly felt a clarity in my parenting that I previously hadn't experienced - as though I had the secret key.
What I learnt blew me away and made so much sense, that continuing on the journey by training to become an instructor was a natural progression. I want to yell from the roof tops, 'We can do this a better way! For everyone!' I feel so passionate about sharing this with other parents. My son, Caspar, and daughter, Stevie, relish in the extra laughs and attention we give them, and my hope for them to be close and connected to us for a long time to come is real and viable."
Kim has a long history of playing and coaching sports, and hopes the enthusiasm and energy that she brings to her Parenting by Connection teaching helps other parents to get excited about the future with their own families.
Shelley lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and two beautiful children. She holds a bachelors degree in physiotherapy and is a certified CranioSacral Therapist. She has worked in many areas but now specialises in working with children and families.
Shelley came across Parenting by Connection when searching for a better way to help with the intricacies of raising children. The usual parenting models for ‘teaching behaviour’ just weren’t working and everyone needed some tools to help with difficult behaviours and assist with connection. It made sense and the tools taught in the six-week starter class are so incredible that family life changed almost immediately.
She decided to become an instructor to gain a deeper understanding of the tools and to help support the families she works with. Shelley is passionate about connecting with other parents to share the wonderful tools and strategies she has learnt.
"We all have the desire to be seen, heard, held, and loved, and it can start with the way we raise our children. My dream is to see more families have access to these tools and deepen their connection with their children."
“I love parenting by connection. The tools really have changed our lives. There is more connection, joy, love, and laughter in our house. It’s amazing”
Skye loves helping parents experience the joys of raising children and encourages them to share their challenges and successes in an understanding and non-judgemental environment.
Skye discovered the Parenting by Connection approach in 2012 when working with a Young Parents Program. She was looking for an approach that encouraged a nurturing and supportive environment to create strong, positive connections between parents and their children. In discovering Hand in Hand parenting and Parenting by Connection, Skye found an alternative to the more mainstream approaches to parenting in her region. This resonated so deeply with her she began using the tools immediately (and with great success) with her own children - then aged one and three years.
Skye has worked in the early and middle childhood sector for over fifteen years and has always been an advocate for children. Since having her own children, she has also felt drawn to be an advocate for parents and believes that, by teaching the Parenting by Connection approach in our communities, that elusive village will be formed, and parents will be supported in undoubtedly one of the hardest and most important jobs they will ever have.
Skye believes that once parents feel supported, they are so much better equipped to connect well, listen to and enjoy their children more which, in turn, enables children to thrive.
Skye is passionate about sharing the Parenting by Connection approach with parents, families, communities, children's services professionals - everyone!!!
Sharon and her family live in Perth, Western Australia. She is the mother of a preschool-aged boy. Sharon is a speech pathologist who works with young children who have a disability and their families. She has been using the Parenting by Connection approach and listening tools since 2013.
Sharon finds the Parenting by Connection approach to be the most respectful and kind way of guiding children that she has encountered.
She first learned about Parenting by Connection after a particularly tough couple of years. Her first child was stillborn and her second child, a healthy baby boy, was born just a year later. Parenting by Connection was life changing for Sharon and her family. She discovered a completely new way of relating to her son through focusing on his emotional needs, as well as learning to consider and attend to her own emotional needs.
Sharon is keen to share the Parenting by Connection tools with other families of young children and welcomes the chance to work with families of children who have a disability.
Tanya lives with her husband and three children in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a speech pathologist with 8 years experience working closely with families of children with special needs, focusing on creating positive communication environments in the home. As an allied health professional working with children, ‘behaviour management’ strategies were the norm, but she always felt that there was a better way to engage and connect with children. She also saw many different family dynamics and wanted to focus on helping parents and children connect and communicate better, but felt there was a gap in how to do this on a deeper level.
It was the birth of Tanya’s second child that led her to seek support around parenting.
“My happy, ‘well-behaved’ 2-year-old started lashing out at his new baby sister, running away in shopping centres, and having huge tantrums. Some practical tools were needed!”
After being introduced to Staylistening by a friend and seeing the amazing results, Tanya had to learn more. She completed the Parenting by Connection 6-week Starter Class in 2015, and then went on to do the 10-week Intensive Class.
“I was continuously amazed by the results, so I needed to know more and understand the theory, and I knew I wanted to bring this approach to other families.
Tanya commenced the year-long Parenting by Connection Instructor Certification Program and became a Certified Instructor in 2017. She is dedicated to using Parenting by Connection with her own family, and combining it with her knowledge of communication to connect with families and support their parenting journey.
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Belynda is mother to two active boys aged seven and four, and is married. She lives in Perth, Western Australia, and home educates her children. She has been a full-time stay-at-home mum for a long time and, prior to this, was an English teacher, bookseller and Librarian.
Belynda first came to Hand in Hand Parenting after years of being a ‘gentle’ parent who followed attachment parenting advice. Parenting by Connection provided her with the support she needed to learn to set limits lovingly, and to bring her own needs into the equation. Her growth and learning thanks to Hand in Hand Parenting by Connection approach and Community Transformations (A provider of the approach in Australia) has seen her become a passionate advocate for building parent support, particularly in the form of Listening Partnerships; these form the cornerstone of her own support network.
Belynda has a lot to offer parents who struggle with aggressive behaviour and/or sibling rivalry, having a great deal of experience with both. She really understands how hard it is to reach for your angry child, and knows from experience how challenging it can be to overcome negative inherited patterns at these times. Belynda can help you get the support you need to connect well with your child. She knows how challenging sibling rivalry and physical fighting can be. Belynda has successfully used play, connection building and the key Parenting by Connection tools to help her children have the best relationship they can.
Belynda has years of experience with sleep issues and is profoundly empathetic about how sleeplessness impacts your ability to parent well. She has faced the challenges of moving her children from co sleeping to sleeping in their own beds, as well as side issues such as weaning and helping them go to sleep alone. She fully supports families who love to co-sleep, and understands that when this works for everyone it is a beautiful setup. Belynda also knows how hard sleep issues can be on parents and understands why kids find sleep elusive at times. She can help you support your children to release the tensions that make sleep such a challenge for families.
Belynda knows how it feels to be overwhelmed and to feel helpless and despairing, and has come back from these feelings thanks to building a network of support, especially Listening Partnerships, to lead her family with confidence and love. She can help you through these difficult feelings too.
Belynda also has experience with friends and family not understanding her parenting choices, and can help you find a graceful and loving way through differences with those around you.
To find out more about the classes and other support Belynda can offer you, please send her an email at
After much struggle and exhaustion with parenting her three young boys, Claire finally found a parenting paradigm that made sense to her head and her heart. Claire had been researching, reading, listening and learning to an array of parenting information, on a quest to help her family. Although she had found some meaningful information from different parenting experts, it wasn't until taking the Parenting by Connection Starter Class that Claire finally felt she could stop searching,
Through the use of Listening Time during the Starter Class, and in her Listening Partnerships, Claire experienced support in her parenting that she had never had before. Everything started to make sense, and she could see, and feel the tools working!
Claire is passionate about spreading the information that is transforming her family, and is excited to help others who are looking for support with their parenting.
"I had been trying so hard to change my parenting, but was finding it overwhelming, as I had no support. No one around me was parenting this way! I felt very isolated and had so many questions and emotions to think through. The Parenting by Connection Starter Class offered easy to understand tools and really important information, all explained well in the booklets and through the use of great anecdotes. But, for me, the most crucial element that sets Parenting by Connection apart from other parenting educators and their programs, is the adult-to-adult listening tools - Listening Partnerships and Support Groups.
I want to help support parents on their Parenting by Connection journey, because I
know first hand what a difference that support can make when you are trying to parent with more connection and when you move from a traditional parenting style."