I met Kate while I was an early education teacher with no children. Now I am a stay-at-home mom to two children and another on the way! Kate has helped me as an early childcare educator and most importantly as a parent. My style of parenting and teaching have been positively molded by Kate and I am so grateful.
As a childcare provider, I regularly attended Kate's trainings. The information she shares in her classes was amazing. Kate teaches about brain development in children and appropriate ways to handle their strong emotions and behaviors. Kate is very knowledgeable about the brain and the reasons kids (and adults) react the way they do. This was so eye-opening to me and I began to think differently about why people, especially my kids, do what they do. Once she shared that information with me, I utilized it in my classroom. When implementing the knowledge about brain development and the strategies that Kate provides, teaching was more productive and my classroom management more effective. Her classes have made teaching a large group of children more manageable, enjoyable, and successful! Not only was I able to use the knowledge in a classroom setting but I am also able to utilize it at home with my own kids!
Throughout my parenting, I have struggled in a few areas. One of the toughest problems for me was when my child, who was 2 at the time, threw these crazy temper tantrums. They would last forever! My daughter would be so upset, I would be so upset, and then after I would just cry because I felt awful and defeated. I went to Kate for help and she gave me so many wonderful, helpful, doable ideas specific for my child. Kate explained to me what was happening in my daughter’s brain while the tantrums were occurring. She gave me many useful sayings and things I could do to alleviate the tension when my daughter would become upset. I began to utilize the strategies with my daughter and the tantrums became not as frequent and they wouldn't last as long. I learned from Kate how to control MY emotions first, which ultimately helps my daughter manage hers.
As my kiddos grow into preschoolers, discipline has become an area in which I struggle and just do not know what to do sometimes. I went back and continue to go to Kate for help. She guides me on how I can improve my kids' behavior that is developmentally appropriate for them. Each time Kate helps me, she comes into our home and will model exactly what I should be doing or saying without the kids even knowing. I get to see for myself strategies that are effective on my own kids. This allows me to implement those strategies quickly and see actual improvements in their behavior! The best part of working with Kate is that she can guide me with the truth from the Bible. My parenting has begun to match how God wants me to raise my children because of Kate. She has also reminded me of the grace of God that I have while I parent my children. We all need grace in our parenting and we also need someone to support us and help us through the challenging times. That’s exactly what Kate has done for me!
Today, I continue to utilize all of the knowledge, skills, and strategies that Kate has shared with me and I can honestly say I am a better parent because of it! If I have a struggle with my children in the future, she will definitely be the first person I reach out to! I know I will get the most loving and helpful advice and see results quickly!
Jocelyn, Married mom of three under five!
Before Kate started Connect Point to help parents and caregivers, especially moms, with their journey in parenting, she came over to my home to see how I interacted with my son (around 2 at the time). I was struggling with connecting with him on a day-to-day basis since my youngest was born. It was amazing how a few concepts in that short amount of time helped immensely!
I recently took her Developmentally Appropriate Practices class. It gave me great insight with my boys' developmental stages and how to interact with them that is beneficial and loving.
Ashley, Married mom of two boys
Before I met with Kate, I struggled with managing the meltdowns of my son, who has Autism. This was especially problematic during our homeschool day. I knew that I wanted homeschooling to be a peaceful experience where we could build our relationships rather than tear them down. However, stress wreaked havoc daily, if not hourly. Kate gave me strategies to make stronger family relationships a reality.
Among the many things I've learned from Kate, the one that sticks out most actually had more to do with my own behavior as a parent than my son’s. I had not realized that I was panicking during these meltdowns, effectively preventing me from helping the situation.
Until I met with Kate, I looked for ways to solve this problem as though it was solely an issue with Autism. Now I realize, that first I must address how I was reacting to the situation subconsciously. It starts with me.
Since learning with Kate and employing the strategies in our home, we've had easier days with fewer, shorter meltdowns. Honestly, everything I've learned from Kate has helped me not only with my children, but in all of my relationships!
Jill, Autism Homeschooling Mama of two and one on the way
Before I met with Kate, I struggled with not giving my children a way of escape and disciplining while still angry. It was exhausting and heartbreaking feeling like I was constantly disciplining and blaming them for my anger instead of dealing with my own sin.
Kate taught me how to give my children a way of escape and through the Bible and her wisdom showed me what that looks like. It was very freeing and I began to enjoy my children so much more and it made me deal with own personal sin as well. I began to apologize to my kids when I disciplined out of anger. I also began to praise them much more often when they were obeying and making good choices. It has been a big win for us as parents and for our children!
We have had two more children since learning these methods and true Biblical disciplining of our children. It has been so much more fruitful and enjoyable! We have seen our kids blossom and see how they react more positively to the discipline when done in love and patience.
Do we always do it right? No! I still allow my sin to get in the way, but the Holy Spirit convicts and reminds me gently of how He loves me and that in Him I can love my children well! Thank you so much Kate for all the teachings and support you have given me through the years. You are an gifted teacher and my cherished friend! I love you!
Koryn, Homeschooling Mom of four
I served in the Early Childhood area with Kate for almost three years and attended several of her training classes. During that time, she shared so much knowledge about my own children's brain development and how I can connect with them, even during the difficult moments, that I don't know how I parented before! I especially love how she presents not only the scientific side of childhood brain development, but provides very practical advice and even specific things to say for those tough situations. She has helped me be a more empathetic parent and childcare volunteer!
Debbie, Air Force Wife & Mom of four children
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