I’m a person who has always cared deeply about others. After I graduated from high school, I realized that I wanted a career which would help people have a better life.
If I’d been more interested in math and science, I might have decided to be a doctor, but instead went into the Social Sciences with the plan to be a social worker.
I graduated from the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto with degrees in Sociology and Social Work. (I also have an ARCT in Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and taught piano from my home studio for 15 years so I could be there for my kids.)
I had always wanted to have children and every day walked around with the dreamlike image of being the perfect parent with the perfect baby. In my imagination, I saw myself sitting on a pink, fuzzy blanket under a gigantic tree in the bright sunshine with a beautiful, perfect baby in my lap – who of course only knew how to smile serenely up at me in quiet adoration!
Imagine my shock when I gave birth to a colicky baby who cried for 2 4-hour periods daily for 3 months! Then, a second baby arrived and we went through the oh-so-pleasant phase of sibling rivalry which progressed to constant bickering and fighting as the children grew older.
Because parenting wasn’t taught in school, the only way I knew how to bring up children was by imitating what my parents did with me and my siblings when we were children.
But nothing seemed to work with my kids, especially the old way of using punishment and rewards. I was at my wit’s end, wondering what to do to stop the fighting and talking back.
During that same period, I was active with our local school and was asked to join a parenting support group. We were going to embark on a 10-week study of Children: The Challenge by Rudolf Dreikurs.
This approach to child-rearing by a famous psychiatrist, a student of Alfred Adler, was so effective that my parenting problems began to be solved, almost miraculously, one after the other.
So, I intensively studied Adlerian psychology at the Alfred Adler Institute of Ontario and began to lead dynamic parenting groups in the Toronto area. Over a 20-year period, I helped countless parents with their child-rearing challenges.
I am proud to share with you that I raised 4 wonderful children of my own both in a marriage setting and as a single parent, using what I uniquely developed based on the principles of Adler and Dreikurs.
I’m passionate about helping parents who are desperately seeking solid, proven and effective ways of raising their kids to become respectful, considerate, loving and independent adults. I offer a tried and true approach that really works for everyone who will use it thoughtfully and consistently.
I invite you to explore this website to learn more about how I can help you. I’m here to help you enjoy the fulfilling life of being great parents of fantastic kids!
Right now, I’m offering a free PDF report for you to download. I hope you’ll read it and use the ideas I’ve introduced for you. Feel free to get back to me with your comments and feedback.
– Carolyn Bond