What is Parenting Foundations?
Parenting Foundations was established as a mechanism to assist parents with bringing the fun back to parenting! Let’s face it, children do not come with individual operation manuals; however, it would make life so much easier if they did. The goal of Parenting Foundations is to increase a person’s Parenting Toolbox so he/she will feel empowered to increase their child’s ability to sleep and feel confident addressing most behaviour concerns in a calm, respectful manner.
How did Parenting Foundations get started?
Parenting Foundations was started by me, Brenda McSween. Helping others be the parent they want to be was a dream of mine for a number of years.
The idea for this business was literally started as I sat on my friend’s couch in 1999. I was sitting there talking about how I loved enhancing a parent’s ability to help their child cope with daily life stressors. My friend’s husband told me that I should start putting up signs saying I could help people get their kids to sleep better. At the time, I laughed it off. I felt that I could not help parents if I was not a parent myself.
But a seed had been planted…
The business idea from years ago kept popping in my head. That seed was wanting to sprout.
I started to believe I had the skills. My parenting toolbox was filled with the various tips and tricks that I had learned in the 11 years that had passed from that initial conversation on my friend’s couch. In 2011, we welcomed our beautiful little boy into the world and I was hooked!
I had well over 18 years of experience working with children and families in addition to holding a Bachelors Degree in Child Studies. Did all the experience and education help me as a parent? I believe it helped me understand child development, but it did not prepare me for the 24-hour position I now had.
It was time to help others.
Why Sleep Consulting?
As I was researching different ways to assist parents, I came across an opportunity to become a Child Sleep Consultant. I liked the fact that the training would add to my skill set and it would give parents a choice of how they will teach their children how to sleep effectively.
I am a firm believer in giving people choices versus telling them there is only one way to complete something. I believe the training program increased my skill set and knowledge base, which has enhanced my ability to assist you with getting your child to sleep through the night.
Online and in the media, there is an overwhelming amount of information available about ways you could (or should) parent. In addition to helping parents teach their children how to sleep, I am passionate about empowering people to be the parent they want to be. I firmly believe that you need to choose solutions that work for you. I work with families to provide them with many different solutions to issues that arise or behaviours that they want to change.
Why a Membership Site?
During the first 3 years of my business I would often talk to people that needed a simple tip or two to get them the confidence that they needed. I found people did not want to solicit free advice but wanted a way to get advice while still compensating me for my time. I began to think about different ways I could make this a win win for parents and myself. This is where the membership idea was born. Now I have a platform to answer questions and will be able to help people through out their parenting adventure.