Parent Coaching

A Joyful Experience in Raising Young Children



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 thematic tools 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_HeadshotAnnie is a parent educator, music teacher, and writer. She teaches Start Small Parenting classes in Nevada County as well as Music Together for families of young children.

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 trained with 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 Start Small Parenting together.

Her column, Parenting Points, appears regularly in The Union newspaper of Nevada County.

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

Reasons Why Parents Work With Annie

  • Address Misbehaviors: Not Listening, Tantrums, Hitting, Refusal, Sleep, Sharing …And More. Learn how to respectfully help a child with the toughest behaviors.
  • Explore Natural Authority: Define parents’ natural responsibility and how it fits into family-centered homes.
  • Manage Anger Snaps: The actions, words, effects – and using pattern interrupts to break the cycle.
  • 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.
  • Punishment vs Consequences: Replace threats, coercion, yelling, and punishment with positive corrective experiences.
  • Understand Developmental Needs: What behaviors to expect and how best to help the child learn.
  • Thematic Parenting: Rather than be drained by addressing each situation, learn to use themes to make your parenting easier.
  • Guerrilla Lovefare: Help your child learn with creativity, surprises, and a sense that you – the parent – have got this!

Sign up for a No-Cost Consultation

If you are new to Annie’s parenting info and would like to find more about how she works with families, then ⁠Click here⁠. You’ll access Annie’s calendar and can select a time for your free 30-minute phone session. Explore hot spots or frustrations as well as gain ideas and tools that you can begin using right away.

Book a Session

One hour sessions or 6 week packages available.
All sessions include detailed follow-up notes.
Phone, Skype, Google Hangout, or in-person.
Call Annie at 530-210-1100 or email: