Kathy’s career includes stints as a Child Protection Worker and director of a family services agency. She has a diploma in Community Service, a BA in applied social services, and is a Certified Canadian Family Educator (C.C.F.E.). She is the Parenting Education Advisor to the Council of Parent Participation Preschools in BC, and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.
Kathy serves on the Repeal 43 Committee which is seeking repeal of the Canadian law which permits parents and teachers to strike children. She and her husband have two grown children, and live in Vancouver, BC.
Kathy has produced and hosted a television program and a radio show offering advice to parents. She writes columns for 24 Hours (Vancouver’s leading commuter daily newspaper), the North Shore News and Today’s Parent magazine. She is also the author of two best-selling parenting books, Who’s In Charge Anyway? and But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home. She also produces a helpful newsletter for parents and professionals.
In her keynote addresses to parent groups and members of the helping professions, in her work on television and radio, and through her newspaper and magazine columns, Kathy inspires parents to re-dedicate themselves to raising their children.
“All parents want to do a better job of raising their kids,” says Kathy. “Grandparents want to help as well. When they come to me for advice or support and it works back home, they’re delighted and so am I.”
Her materials are based on a framework called P.U.R.E Parenting.
P — is a parenting plan
U — is unconditional love
R — is respect for your child as he is right now
E — is encouragement
These make up the framework of any resources that will come from Parenting Today. These four pillars are the essential ingredients for raising healthy children who will develop into capable young men and women.