Ever met someone who not only gets the ABCs of parenting but has perhaps circled the entire alphabet twice, with a cup of humor and a pinch of wisdom? Meet Christine Donavan, whose parenting prowess isn’t just a claim but a well-earned accolade. A Certified Parent Coach with a solid educational background from the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin, and further training from the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle Pacific University, she's got the theory to back up her practical know-how.
Christine is also a certified Love and Logic Instructor and a Collaborative Divorce Parenting Expert. So, when it comes to understanding the many shades of parenting, from the fun stuff to the tricky bits, she’s your person.
Christine is the first to say that her parenting journey, through raising eight children; encompassing boys, girls, stepchildren, and children with special needs, has been anything but a smooth sail. She's had her share of early morning, dinner table, and bedtime mishaps. Yet, it's through these trying times and everyday challenges that Christine honed her Let, Lift, & Listen approach to parenting. Christine believes that the keys to parenting are actually quite simple and can be applied across all generations and situations. Even her experience with parents of special needs children indicates that this framework is effective.
Christine's resonant method also stems from her diverse roles as a public speaker, retreat leader, author, youth pastor, camp counselor, newspaper columnist, and her hands-on experience coaching over 500 parents. Now, Christine has poured all her insights into a new book, "Let, Lift, & Listen." Available for pre-order on Amazon on October 4th, 2023, this book is a hearty collection of over 40 short stories that will either remind you of your own household or provide a window into the parenting adventures awaiting you. You will see yourself in the pages of this book. It’s a testament to the beauty that emerges from the chaos, offering a gentle hand to parents navigating through the common hiccups and heartbeats of parenting.
To put it simply – it’s all about helping you not only act, but react, like the awesome parent you can be. Her empathetic and down-to-earth advice is a comforting companion for parents, reminding them that the struggle is indeed real, but so is the joy and growth that come from it.
The title "Let, Lift, & Listen" isn’t just catchy; it’s the mantra that will shift how you see and do parenting. These words will be your friendly companions, whispering the sweet notes of understanding, compassion, and gentle guidance when you truly need them most.
If you would like to experience more joy and peace in your home, less guilt, and greater confidence, then purchase a copy of the book that promises a chuckle, a tear, a nod, and a whole lot of heart, to gain an understanding of these principles. Pull it out the next time your toddler is throwing a temper tantrum in the grocery store or your oldest is challenging you on – well – everything and get ready to see parenting through Christine’s empathetic and practical lens.
This isn't about discovering some secret parenting technique, but embracing time-tested advice to navigate the parental seas with a seasoned compass. Why learn the hard way if you don't have to? The tales and wisdom packed in this book aren’t spun from thin air, but are honed by generations of parents navigating the child-rearing wilderness—sometimes stumbling, sometimes soaring. So, grab a copy and immerse yourself in real stories about folks just like you, who've woven the Let, Lift, & Listen mantra into their family fabric with amazing results.
Christine has undergone rigorous training to provide supportive and solution-focused coaching to parents, helping them navigate the challenges of parenting and foster a nurturing family environment.
With a solid educational background from the University of Washington, the University of Wisconsin, and further training from the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle Pacific University, Christine has got the theory to back up her practical know-how.
As a certified Love and Logic Instructor, Christine Donavan is trained in a philosophy that emphasizes respectful and effective parenting strategies, promoting the development of responsible and self-confident children.
Christine's certification as a Collaborative Divorce Parenting Expert equips her with the skills to assist families through the emotional turmoil of divorce, focusing on collaborative processes that prioritize the well-being of children involved, ensuring a smoother transition during such challenging times.
In her role as a Youth Pastor, Christine engaged with young individuals, offering spiritual guidance, mentorship, and a supportive community to foster their personal and spiritual growth.
Christine extends her wealth of knowledge and firsthand experiences to a wider audience, providing practical advice and heartfelt narratives that resonate with parents navigating the diverse challenges and joys of raising children.