Elisabeth Stitt is the author of Parenting as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood and the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching. Before that she was a teacher in the Redwood City School District (Redwood City, CA) for 25 years--mostly English and Language Arts to mostly middle school students.
In addition to her interactions with thousands of students and parents, Elisabeth is the the mother and step-mother to three adult children. Now that her own kids have left the nest, she spends her free time baby sitting for families around Mountain View, CA where she lives with her husband and mother-in-law. She is known for her wisdom and warmth and sheer love for all things kid. Elisabeth is especially gifted at getting parents to tap into their own inner child, so they can do more than just go through the motions of parenting.
About Joyful Parenting Coaching
After reflecting on the shift in parents over the last twenty-five years from more or less confident they were doing okay to isolated and anxious, former teacher Elisabeth Stitt founded Joyful Parenting Coaching (www.elisabethstitt.com) in 2014. Elisabeth's mission is to support parents in getting the skills they need to restore their confidence as parents and their enjoyment in the role. Joyful Parenting Coaching newsletters, blogs, workshops and webinars all strive to provide a balance between concrete advice and the understanding that there are many, many ways to approach parenting--and each family has to find what works for them and the child they have.
In June 2015 Joyful Parenting Coaching presented Purposeful Parenting: Expert Advice on Creating Your Family Plan, an on-line event that included podcast interviews with experts like best selling author Neale Godfrey, author of Money Doesn't Grow On Trees: A Parent's Guide to Raising Financially Responsible Children and author and researcher Dr. Sam Goldstein of Raising Resilient Children : Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child fame. Ever the teacher, Elisabeth Stitt sees planning ahead--about money, about values and priorities, about food and sleep, about approaches to discipline, etc, an enormous advantage in successful parenting.
February 2016 saw the production of a similar on-line event: Let's Hear It for the Dads! Conversations About Fatherhood. These 20 Interviews by 20 Dads--which included dads like Robert "Daddy" Nickell of the My Life as a Dad tv show and Al Ferguson, creator of the biggest website for dads in the U.K. --illuminated the importance of dads in the parenting process and what dads want moms to understand about what it means to be a father.
In March 2016 Joyful Parenting Coaching was recognized for superior classes/workshops with the Joyful Parenting Coaching 2015 Best Businesses of Mountain View Award and has since gained similar recognition for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
March also saw the publication of Elisabeth's book, Parenting as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood .
In June of 2017 Joyful Parenting produced The Parents' Round Table, a unique online event with interviews with experts like Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting and Mike Domitrz of The Date Safe Project followed by online round table discussions with every day parents. The event was in support of the Southern California United We Parent Conference in August of 2017 where Elisabeth was a guest expert.
2018 brought an influx of clients and an increase of online courses and offerings, but Elisabeth is always happy to do live workshops as she firmly believes that gathering parents is of benefit well beyond the information given.
About Elisabeth's book, Parenting as a Second Language: A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood
The Ultimate Guidebook for Joyful, Effective Parenting!
We humans expect to be great parents--naturally!--as if good parenting were an instinct we were all born with. But you weren't born with that skill any more than with the ability to speak your family's native tongue.
Before you became fluent in any language, you had to learn it:
Humans expect ourselves to be great parents - naturally! - as if good parenting were an instinct we're all born with. But you weren't born with that skill any more than with the ability to speak your family's native tongue.
Before you became fluent in any language, you had to learn it--one word at a time and with a lot of repetition. You learn how to parent the same way--one lesson at a time, through practice and trial-and-error.
With this book as your guide, you will learn:
•How to name yourself as at effective parent and make that true.
•How to use the proverbs we grew up with to instill the values important to you in your children
•How to balance the needs of the family with your own needs and your children's needs as individuals
•The three most important concepts of parenting: supporting, connecting and empathizing
•How to derive joy from life's most challenging role
This book--full of concrete exercises to get you to reflect on your own parenting--is the first step in your journey towards becoming the amazing parent you have always wanted to be. Like learning any second language, it takes practice and you have to start speaking before you are perfect, but with time and effort, you can be fluent in Parenting, relating to your kids with a deep and meaningful connection.
The Reviews are in!
"Reading this book was like chatting with a wise, compassionate woman who has experienced every aspect of being a parent. Elisabeth Stitt happens to be one of the most knowledgeable voices among parenting coaches and counselors, so what she has to say is grounded in an awareness of what works. I believe every parent should read and reread this book while working through the challenges of preparing their kids for life.” — Dr. Denny Coates, author and Parenting Guru
"The writing style makes you feel like you are having a conversation with the author. The Exercises are practical and helpful to your personal style of parenting. I was pleasantly surprised by the fresh, new approach to a book about parenting. I give it 5 stars and am thrilled to have a new book to recommend to my families." — Sue Dawley, Program Director, Parent and Parent Educator
"This book and the exercises get you to think about what you would like for your children to learn from you and how to be a successful adult and lets you come to these ways on your own without dictating how you should be as a parent" — Amazon Customer
Joyful Parenting Coaching offers a robust list of workshops and webinars (See topics here). The most popular among parents of young kids is Taming Temper Tantrums. Elisabeth's current keynote talk is 4 Major Challenges Modern Parents Face That Keep Them Exhausted, Anxious and Yelling at Their Kids.
2015-2016 appearances include Harmony Birth Center (Campbell, CA), Los Altos Recreation Department (Los Altos, CA), Little Prodigy Preschool (Mountain View, CA), Creative Children's Learning Center (Sunnyvale and Los Altos, CA), Good Neighbor Montessori (Palo Alto), the Elizabeth Ames Nursery School at Wheaton College (Norton, MA), and as featured speaker at Parent U for the Mountain View Whisman School District (Mountain View, CA)
2017 appearances include Creative Children's Learning Center (Palo Alto, CA), Westgate MOPS (San Jose, CA), Los Altos Methodist Church Children's Center Preschool (Los Altos, CA), Los Altos Rec Department, St. Timothy's Church and Preschool (Mountain View, CA), Building Kidz (Mountain View, CA), Academy for Active Learners (Portland, ME), Bright Horizons (Portland, ME), Pine Grove School (Falmouth, ME), Little Prodigy Preschool (Mountain View, CA), Children's House Los Altos (Los Altos, CA)
2018 appearances include Cumberland Elementary (Sunnyvale, CA), Village Little Preschool (Cupertino, CA), Palo Alto Women’s Club (Palo Alto, CA), Kiwanis clubs (Palo Alto and Petaluma, CA), Leadership Academy (San Jose, CA), Workshop for Youth (Austin, TX)
Webinar: 3 Killer Tips for Keeping Your Teens from Rebelling
Joyful Parenting Coaching puts out a weekly newsletter and blog. Here are some of the most popular:
Set Your Kids Free: 10 Things They Need to Be Able to Do on Their Own by Middle School (also posted as guest blog on Bonbon Break)
Advice for Parenting Teens: 3 Metaphors to Consider (also posted as a guest blog on www.drdennycoates.com)
5 Tips for Raising Happy Kids (for lifevise.com)
Podcasts and Interviews
• Podcast Interview with Joe Kelly for Girls Growing Up, the New Moon Girls (or NewMoon.com) podcast for parents
• Interview with Mercedes Samudio, "The Confidence Game: What It Takes to Empower Parents" for The Parenting Skills
• Podcast Interview with Jamie Boggeln for F.A.T. (Frumpy and Tired) to F.A.B. (Fearless and Bold) Tele Summit
• Podcast Interview with Candice Jaggon for Freedom Lifestyle Live tele summit
•Podcast Interview with Engel Jones' Twelve Minute Convos
•Podcast Interview with Michelle Lee for The Conscious Parent tele summit
•Podcast Interview with Neary Heng (Nov. 2016) of The Paradise Within Show
•Podcast Interview with Christine Thuy Hong of Unleash Your Dream
•Expert quoted in "Signs Your Child May Be Stressed" for mydeal.com.au
•Expert quoted in "5 Conversations All Couples Should Have Before Having Kids, According to 6 Therapists (and a Lawyer)" for healthway.com
•Expert quoted in "Guess Who the Neediest Students Are" for Lifezette.com https://www.lifezette.com/momzette/guess-who-neediest-students-are/.
•Expert quoted in "Why Doesn't My Child Play With Toys? Experts Say They May Have Too Many Options" for Romper.com
•Printed interview with Erin Levine of hellodivorce.com: "Co-Parenting: A Success Story. A Q&A with Parenting Coach Elisabeth Stitt"
•Podcast interview with Adriana Holguin for the Conscious Parenting Master Classs
•Podcast episode 87 with Blending the Family with Tommy Maloney: "The Relationship Is More Important Than the Problem"
•Podcast interview with Ashleigh Tolliver for “Parenting That Kid”
Winner, Best of Mountain View: Parenting Classes, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
High Res pic of Elisabeth Stitt and PDF of this page available HERE.
Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elisabeth at 650.248.8916