Get Support And Connect

Parenting by Connection series

This class will provide you with brain-based tools and the support you need to use them. In the process, youll change your family life to make it feel more connected. This 6-week jump-start series will be transformative.

6 tools needed to raise a happy child
Why your child has tantrums and how you can respond to them
How your childs emotions work
How to heal your child’s fears
How to help an angry child become playful and compassionate
How to build support so you can do your best thinking, more often

Meets 5 Thursdays, 10-11:45. starting Oct. 26. During the week of Thanksgiving, class members will receive a free consultation to replace class that week! The last class is November 30, and you will start the winter with a warm glow in your family. Cost is $180 with materials, (*I offer a discount if you have previously received the class materials, and returning students are welcomed!!)


SIGN UP HERE, and start getting support to build warmth in your family:

Infant Massage Instruction

Infant massage is a tool for early connection and brain development.

  • Improves communication in your baby’s first language – touch – their most developed sense at birth
  • Strengthens and enhances the parent/baby relationship and bonding time
  • Promotes and optimizes baby’s brain and self regulation development
  • Research proven to help improve quality of baby’s sleep, and thus parent’s too!
  • Excellent for fathers & mothers to develop & deepen secure attachment with their baby
  • Reduces the symptoms of colic, gas and teething pain (research proven!)
  • Relaxes and lowers stress – for both babies and parents
  • Provides additional ways to respond to your baby’s cues with nurturing parenting skills
  • Confidence building through cultivating and practicing attuned parenting
  • Learn ways to adapt the massage to your growing child’s needs to communicate for years to come

Contact me to set up a private or small group session. Skype instruction is available.


Parenting by Connection Starter Class: FALL 2017

This class will provide you with  brain-based tools and the support you need to use them. In the process, you’ll change your family life to make it feel more connected. This 6-week jump-start series will be transformative.

  • 6 tools needed to raise a happy child
  • Why your child throws tantrums and how you can respond to them
  • How your child’s emotions work
  • How to heal your child’s fears
  • How to help an angry child become playful and compassionate
  • How to build support so you can do your best thinking, more often

Please join me Thursdays from 10-11:45 AM, beginning August 31 for this life-changing experience. You will also receive a set of books and access to an online classroom with video material.

Class meetings August 31, September 7, 14, and 28 (NO CLASS on Sept. 20), Oct 5 and 12.


Click here to register:

Listening Partnership Workshops

Please join me this summer for a listening partnership workshop series. A listening partnership is a tool for creating safety and support for yourself as a parent and person. While it is not complicated, it is so different from the kind of listening we usually do. The workshop introduces the concept and gives you some practice. Come for a three week series, or drop in as you can. It will be worthwhile.


Where: BloomLab Conference Room, 2921 E. 17th St. Building D, Austin, Texas

When: 10-11:30 Monday mornings  June 12, 26,  July 3

Cost: $10 per workshop

Please contact or text 512-350-2815 to RSVP

More about Listening Partnership here:

How is listening time more beneficial than talking with mom friends?

And in this short video:

Listening Partnership 


Early Communication Class, forming soon

Babies are nourished by our eye contact and gentle communication. Developing a routine where we connect with eye contact and touch is an incredible tool for building attachment and contingent communication.

In this multi-week class for parents and babies,  you will learn the simple and powerful tool of touch communication and other approaches to get you started as a connected parent. You will get support for your journey as a parent. Mothers, fathers, siblings, and grandparents are all welcome and encouraged! I promise that this will be a formative and powerful experience for you and your child.

Class meets from 10 -11:30 AM, for a total of 5 weeks, at the PeopleFund building on E. 17th in Austin. Cost is $75 for the series.

If you are interested in learning more, please sign up at this link, and I will be in touch very soon. Thank you!

Sign up here!!

Parenting by Connection for New Parents: 6 Class Series

This class offers an introduction to the powerful tools from Hand in Hand Parenting (Patty Wipfler) and Aware Parenting (Aletha Solter), to build a lifelong strong connection. Get support for early parenting and learn about an approach that you will use throughout your parenting experience in this class that supports the emotional needs of parents and children.

  • Build a support network that will make you a stronger, more connected parent
  • Listen and respond to baby’s crying in a way that supports connection
  • Help your baby sleep better
  • Focus your love and attention

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? A research review of over 600 studies concludes that Parent Child Connectedness is the super-protective factor against adverse outcomes later, outcomes like drug abuse, teen pregnancy and dropping out of school. Now is the time to create your life long connection.

WHO SHOULD SIGN UP? This class is designed for parents of infants and toddlers, and I welcome babies to join us. BUT if you are a parent with a child of any age and want to join or have questions, please contact me!

Meets 10:00-11:30 AM, Thursdays March 2-April 13 (no class March 16)

St. Mark’s Church, on Barton Hills Dr. , 78704

$180 for six sessions, and includes a phone consultation with instructor

Laura Minnigerode, Ed.M. 

Certified Hand in Hand Instructor and Infant Mental Health Endorsed, Texas First3Years

Please contact me to sign up:

Tips for Playfulness and Roughhousing

I have been trying some new playful parenting tools. Play is an amazing connector of hearts and creator of laughs, two really important and valuable things! It just does not always come naturally for me.

One thing that does help, though, is a good list of starting points!  My sources for these ideas: Hand in Hand Parenting‘s wonderful resources, and the books Playful Parenting and the Art of Roughhousing. Share more ideas with me in the comments or on Facebook in my Parenting by Connection group.

 1   Tune in, don’t swoop in. This kind of playfulness is about connection. It is important that your child has the upper hand in the power balance. At the same time, it is such a good chance to pay close attention to cues. It is vital that you honor this.   

2  Think of ways to be silly. Look for any possible avenue. Go way over board on this. Some examples: Pretend you forgot what day it is, or that you are mixed up about the way to pronounce something. Hold the homework paper upside down while trying to figure it out. With toddlers, especially, any thing that produces laughter is a winner.

3  Play may lead to big feelings. Tears or upset during or after play times are ok! It does not mean you did it wrong. Listen to the feelings that come up and stay present. In fact: sometimes imperceptible and even imaginary hurts can come up during play, and respond as if they are real and important.

4  Careful but not too much caution. It is good and so important to be safe. When doing active play like a pillow fight, choose your space with this in mind, and remove any potential hazards.  At the same time, try not to project an overly cautious attitude. When kids see that you are attentive to safety but also trust their play, it’s an incredibly powerful message. This is a big step towards resilience.

5  Don’t tickle. It is an uncomfortable feeling that takes power away. Parents generally have more power so it is valuable to invert that relationship in play.

 6 Use Listening Time to get support. Save your responses and use the support of another person or listener, that is the place to process your annoyance, anxiety or frustration about parenting.

Connected Classrooms

I have been thinking about classrooms and early learning centers. So many kiddos spend a lot of time in this setting. At the same time, teachers and policy makers are talking about kindergarten readiness. So here is the question: what can we do to improve learning for our little ones? What I think of, in response to ‘kindergarten readiness’, is NOT knowing the alphabet or memorizing the names of colors. Being really ready for kindergarten means that a child has some sense of how to self-regulate,  is able to communicate needs, and to be independent in some tasks.

These things all become possible when we are connected with our students.

As Patty Wipfler writes in the Hand in Hand Parenting course Building Emotional Understanding, “Children’s brains don’t come fully developed. They are wired to develop their intelligence IN RELATIONSHIP with their parents and caring adults.” How can we create connection in the classroom, to support children’s intelligence?


As a parent, I use the tool special time, a dedicated, proscribed time period, decided in advance, where I provide extra warmth and eye contact, and try to promote laughter, without tickling. This tool really is so effective to build a strong feeling of safety and connection with my child. In the classroom, we don’t always have time to give that one on one focus. Instead, a few moments of focus, when we can delight in a child and let the child take the lead can serve to create more warmth and connection.

Every day, I see teachers:

  • Responding to our students in a way that shows the care that we feel
  • Listening to upsets
  • Setting limits with warmth
  • Avoiding harshness

These connected behaviors make such a difference. The list above is just to get us started- I would love to hear what works in the classrooms in your community.  Please use the comments section to share your ideas.

A quote from one of my favorite books and something I try to remember:

“A culture versed in the workings of emotional life would encourage and promote the activities that sustain health—togetherness with one’s partner and children; homes, families, and communities of connectedness. Such a society would guide its inhabitants to the joy that can be found at the heart of attachment…The contrast between that culture and our own could not be more evident.” A General Theory of Love, Thomas Lewis, M.D., Fari Amini, M.D., Richard Lannon, M.D., page 209