Meet Mary

Mary and Statue

I am a mom who’s spent a lot of time in the trenches, parenting a strong-willed child.  This parenting journey has turned me inside out at times.  But it’s also been the gift of a lifetime.  In fact I learned so much about parenting children with sensory integration issues, ADHD, and behavioral challenges that I went back to school to become certified as a PCI Certified Parent Coach.


I am devoted to making life easier for parents of strong willed and spirited children.

Professional Education

  • PCI Certified Parent Coach.  Parent Coaching Institute/Seattle Pacific University (2004)
  • Bachelor degree in nursing/public health/psychology, San Francisco State University (1984) Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Specialized Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Parent Skill building/Maternal/Child Health Nurse
    • Support group facilitator – parents with children with behavioral challenges.
    • Parent Workshop facilitator
    • Nonviolent communication training
    • “Nurturing Parent” facilitator
    • ADD/ADHD training workshops
    • Positive discipline.
    • “Words that work” workshop for working with children with special challenges.
    • Studies – Spirited children, Strong willed child, Children with learning differences.
    • Trainings on video games and screen effects on learning, behavior, and the brain.
  • Co-created and write strategies for social support website for parents who are parenting differently – special needs/mental health/behavioral challenges  www.awildride.net since inception in 2006.
  • Authored personal essay on parenting published nationally in the book, When One Door Closes, in  2010.

To get to know me more, go to What I Believe or to my other website