You might have arrived here through youtube, or a friend may have mentioned my name. Either way, I’m so glad you’re here because I’m here to serve you.
A mindful parenting coach and imperfect Mom to four little, spirited gurus.
I’m dedicated to helping you be the loving parent you most want to be.
I’m honored to be able to say that I have an audience from all around the world. My work has been published in Huff Post and is endorsed and recommended by the leaders in the Parenting space, Dr. Shefali Tsabary and Dr. Laura Markham. I have helped thousands of parents through my courses and memberships and hundreds of thousands through my blog.
When I was first married I didn’t want any children. Parenting seemed like the worst job on earth with the highest demands, fewest perks and zero pay. But eventually I realized this was a human experience I did not want to miss out on.
So my parenting journey began with me devouring up all of the information I could about how to “do it right” (spoiler alert: there is no ‘right’). The results are ever shifting, changing and growing.
I believe we parents deserve an integrated parenting philosophy – not a one-size-fits all dogma.
Still, whatever I advocate for will always be nuanced, gentle and (buzzword alert!) respectful.
I devour parenting books, blogs, courses and I share my favorite thoughts, ideas and methods with you. That is, after they’ve been put to the test in our real-life-lab: my family.
My goal is to unvictimize parents. I want you to enjoy your life – even, no especially, as a parent – and feel authentic and joyful. I want every child to grow up with a parent who feels empowered and confident in their parental role. A parent who is free to enjoy their child and themselves.
Make you feel like
you’re rocking your world
As an advocate for simplicity parenting, mindful parenting, respectful
parenting – I read a whole lotta parenting stuff. Hence the “Junkie”. I just can’t seem to get enough. But I know that that level of consumption is a burden to most parents and can leave us feeling more overwhelmed and confused than we were to begin with. Plus, there are conflicting messages out there and sometimes it’s impossible to summarize all the wonderful theory into actionable, practical steps.
That’s what I’m here for. I want to transform the inspirational into doable for you. And be there to hold your hand when you mess up (spoiler alert: you will mess up, we all do).
My biggest fear in this journey? That I will be discovered as the “fraud” or the “imposter” that I am. Why do I feel this way? Because despite my best efforts, my continual education – heck, my very career! – I am still prone to yell, threaten and lose it regularly. I take that as a relief and I hope you will too. It’s a never-ending sign of my innate imperfection, as a human. So please never ever imagine that I do things perfectly, far from it.
Still – The Parenting Junkie is a space where we can indulge in our aspirational parenting, whilst still holding empathy for our many downfalls.
If you believe that parenting is a journey of transformational growth – for the parent, more than for the child.
If you believe there are no bad children, only children who are having a hard time.
If you believe no matter what situation you’re in – empathy will help.
If you believe that good parenting means striving for connection.
If you believe that connected parenting does not come naturally, but demands intense levels of commitment and deliberate practice.
Well, then my friend, you and I are already best buds.
But hey, don’t take my word for it:
“Just wanted to say what a huge inspiration you are! Love your style and attitude.”
“With your help I have learned (and still practicing) empathy toward my son and compassion for myself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I absolutely love Avital’s approach and outlook on life and parenting. She always knows exactly what to say, without casting judgement upon any of the parents’ opinions and parenting decisions. I love her metaphors and explanations she uses throughout her videos.”
“I find it difficult to relate to the parenting styles and culture here, and find it quite stressful. Seeing your videos and listening to your approach to parenting has given me hope that I will be able to become the parent that I have always wanted to be.”
“The Present Play membership has allowed me to keep my focus on connected, peaceful parenting while also working to make some important changes in my home and life to give me a greater chance of success in the daily challenges associated with this great work of parenting.”
“Just redid my downstairs into a messy play area, toy area, and quiet area and it’s made such a difference! Can’t wait to learn more. I’m also an assistant teacher in a preschool so I’ll be using your ideas with my class kiddos as well!”
“I feel so much gratitude for you Avital, for following your heart and calling to encourage and inspire us. I have felt so revived and uplifted by this group. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!”
“Your videos have completely rewired my approach to parenting.”
“This course and Present Play are sincerely life-changing for my family!!!”
“I feel more confident in setting them and not so afraid of the inevitable tears.”
“This is helping me so much with my 5 year old! I feel equipped with the appropriate verbiage to set limits without breaking spirits.”
“The Empathic Limits course is EXCELLENT.”
“After I completed the course, I realized I had a much better concrete understanding of HOW to set limits! Its SO PRACTICAL. I’m reviewing it with my husband!!!”
“Thank you thank you for helping my whole family connect with peaceful and mindful parenting!”
“I feel so much more equipped to deal with difficult behaviors in my class. I would absolutely love to share it with other teachers.”
“I highly recommend the Empathic Limits course.”
“You gave me that light bulb moment that I needed that opened so many doors.”
“I, too, rewatch and relisten to your videos as we navigate our day. Your calm demeanor helps create a peaceful start to our day. I’m always excited when I see a new video of yours pop up!”
“I watch and re-watch your videos daily, and I’ve been reading EVERY book you suggest!! I just love your point of view, your passion, your enthusiasm, and your upbeat presentation style!! Can we please be friends??”
“Your videos are wonderful, refreshing and inspiring. Thank you!”
“I just wanted to express my gratitude. I’m so glad I found your channel, you’ve changed our family in such an incredible way, we are all closer than ever.”
I see every other parent, child – and human! – as my teacher. And through this incredible global community, I am blessed to continually learn and deepen my understanding of meaningful parenting.
And so can you.
This is a business, it’s a job and my team and I are beyond grateful and proud that we can earn a living doing what we do. The vast majority of my work (including over 100 videos, weekly emails, and occasional trainings) is available to you completely free of charge (want to know how we run this business? Click here).
I’m no scientist, psychologist or even such a seasoned mom. My kids are young, probably like yours. If you set up a spy camera and follow me around (please don’t!) you’ll most definitely find me doubting, getting frustrated and melting down in mommy-tantrums of my very own. I do not have this “all down pat”.
But I am committed to bettering myself and learning as much as possible to be there for my children, and for you, 100%. You can expect many flaws, technical glitches, bad hair days, weird grammar mistakes and typos along the way – I am not a machine. But you can also expect my unwavering openness, humor and passion – ready and eager to walk this whacky journey by your side.
I’m so grateful that you’ve read this and I hope that you and I will continue to parent alongside one another.
I’d love it if you introduced yourself and the best way to do that and to stay connected is to make sure to become one of our Parenting Junkies by entering your name and email here.
As I may have mentioned, I Joyschool my kids – which means they’re home a lot. So I do my best to keep it screen free as much of the time as possible – and be there to actually connect with them. I try to keep light on the social media and I don’t want to clutter your inbox either – I know how busy you are – so you’ll hear from me typically once a week at most, on Mondays, with a new weekly episode (unless something else awesome is going on).
So sign up here, so that I can send you my free gift, too! It’s a full-color, clickable, Childhood Design Guide with 10 Easy Steps to Transform Your Home into a Play Inducing Haven. I’m excited to walk on this journey with you and see your work in action!
I’m honored you’re here, and honored you’ve read this,
Love and Namaste