What is parent education?
Parent education is a service that empowers you to reach your full parenting potential. Through in-person classes, virtual workshops, and personalized coaching, you get the concrete skills you need (and the support necessary to master them) to make real changes in your parenting--experiencing less stress as well as increased effectiveness and enjoyment.
Parents and professionals can enhance their understanding of how neuroscience and attachment directly impact development and behavior while learning to set limits effectively, foster emotional intelligence and life skills, and use play therapeutically. Whatever parenting concern brings you here, I can help!
Many parents reach out and say, "I read this great book/listened to this inspiring blog but I still can't seem to do something different in the heat of the moment!" We live in an age where there are lots of resources for parents (many of which, I actually recommend), but there is a big difference when you are working with a skilled parenting coach. An obvious benefit is that tools and support are tailored specifically to the unique needs of your family. The principal benefit, however, is that you learn how to identify and heal the attachment wounds and triggers you brought to parenthood so you can parent in the present rather than from the past.
Who I serve:
I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups, including bio moms and dads; step and adoptive parents; grandparents and other caregivers; LGBTQ+ parents; single, married, or divorced parents; small and large families. Any parent or professional who seeks resources and support on interacting responsively with newborns to teens will benefit from parent education.
In-person services are available for families in MD and DC. Virtual services available worldwide.
Sleep packages are for families with babies 6 months and older and include 4-weeks of intensive support as we discuss sleep development, adjusting routines and schedules (as necessary), ensuring the environment is conducive to sleep, and social-emotional skills (for parents and kids), which enable regulation and rest.
A 90-minute education session is available for families with babies under 6 months or those who may not need the intensive support included in the sleep package. This troubleshooting session may include information about sleep development or any tools relevant to the child's sleep needs.
I can help you better understand and resolve concerns with:
Emotional intelligence skill building
Resistance or not listening
Pediatric ADHD, ODD, or anxiety
Co- and step-parenting
1st YEAR SUPPORT
For first-time parents or any family adding a new baby, bi-weekly phone support is available for
Common topics include development, attachment, easing the sibling transition, sleep, infant care, and the adjustment for both parents.
Car seat installation and education sessions available at your home
Car seat or booster recommendations
Private CPR and First Aid education
Private classes on Infant Safety
Babyproofing evaluations of your home
"Children do well when they can."
~Dr. Ross Greene
I'm committed to methods that build on your existing strengths and enhance the relationships in your family. My work is deeply rooted in attachment theory* and informed by neuroscience and trauma-informed research because I recognize that focusing on child development is the key to understanding and reaching children. Through this developmental approach (instead of a behavioral one), I help families identify the root cause of undesired behavior. Understanding the essential needs and skills underneath helps us better address concerns in ways that cultivate relational safety and authenticity. This lens enables the most productive and sustainable growth for both children and parents because it anchors all tools in the inherent goodness and wholeness of children (and parents) and their capacity to learn and meet (or exceed) expectations when they have the tools and support to do so.
*Not necessarily attachment parenting, which can often feel like a list of things to do rather than a route to secure attachment.
My name is Sheena Hill, and I am a psychotherapist in private practice as a Responsive Parenting and Holistic Sleep Coach. I am a passionate advocate for children, families, development, attachment, and trauma and I am honored to have been working with families for almost 20 years. I hold masters degrees in Social Work and Education and trainings/certifications in SPACE, Neuroscience, Strengthening Families Program, The Nurturing Parenting Program, Hand in Hand Parenting, child passenger safety, and babyproofing.
After nearly a decade in the non-profit world, I made the shift to private practice in order to begin homeschooling. I've been honored to help parents all over the world over the past few years as the business has grown. Thank you for trusting me with your most precious cargo--your family!
What People are Saying
"As a parenting coach, Sheena is always in my daughter's corner--not just saying things to please me. I know what she recommends is actually what my child needs which makes me trust her."
"I feel so supported, seen, and confident working with Sheena for sleep coaching. It's a ton of support for the cost."
Sheena is amazing! We had her visit our home to educate us on how to properly install our car seat; she also spent a lot of time teaching us the proper positioning for our little one as he grows in the seat. Her knowledge is invaluable and well worth the fee. I highly recommend her services!
"Sheena is knowledgeable, professional and personable. She really knows car seat safety. And her parent coaching is down-to-earth, research-based, and pleasantly dappled with humor and personal experience."