In It Starts With You, marriage and family therapist and parent coach Nicole Schwarz offers a nonjudgmental, shame-free guide to parenting children with a calm confidence. Working from a place of grace and compassion, she encourages us to explore how our history, thoughts, and assumptions impact our parenting decisions. Moving away from traditional discipline strategies, Schwarz focuses on the importance of having a calm brain, connected relationships, respectful conversations, and a coaching mindset with our kids.
It Starts with You: How Imperfect Parents Can Find Calm and Connection with Their Kids is available now.
About the Author
Nicole Schwarz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent Coach with over fifteen years of experience working with families and children in various settings. She is the owner of Imperfect Families, LLC, coaching parents to use positive, respectful parenting strategies. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and three daughters.
A Letter From Nicole
In a world swirling with parenting advice, strategies, and promises, my goal for this book is to give you permission to be an imperfect parent to your imperfect child. "It Starts With You" acts as a guide, not a rule book, helping you look at your own story, tuning into your unique child, and finding a positive, respectful rhythm to your relationship.
I believe there is more to parenting than consequences, time outs and spankings. This book focuses on laying a strong foundation through meaningful connections, understanding brain development, embracing big feelings, and working through conflict together.