Family Support

Allison Livingston, Parent Coach and founder of 5 Steps to Connect to your Strong Willed Child
Address: 145 Riviera Dr., Aptos, CA
Short Business Description: Do you argue and conflict more than you’d like with your strong willed child? Join our community for learning and support for parents with strong willed children. We all have one and know it’s not easy; we don’t have to do it alone!
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We created 5 Steps To Connect to bring together parents of strong willed children to learn how to transform intense, hard interactions into chances to grow and connect so we can feel more peace and joy in our families.

We understand you, why it’s hard, what you need.

All of us have a strong willed child so we get walking on eggshells to avoid reactions, rigid No! and intense energy.

Our dream is for all parents with a strong willed child to relate with more ease. After I used the 5 Steps to Connect framework, I was less reactive so my daughter could trust me to hear and accept her, and her reactivity decreased as well.

Exploring these skills together allows us to take things less personally, set boundaries more clearly, and not direct our reactivity AT the people we love.

When we come together and share our lived experience, shame loses its power and we feel enough, worthy. The results when I parent from here are miraculous.

I invite all to try this community and explore the fun learning with others who are walking the same challenging path. You won’t regret it!

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Business Phone Number: 831-419-5459
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Positive Discipline Community Resources
Address: 1740 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz CA
Short Business Description: We embrace the core principles of PD including mutual respect, dignity, and guiding children with firmness and kindness at the same time.
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Positive Discipline Community Resources

Positive Discipline Community Resources (PDCR) opened its doors in 2009 as a parent education, nonprofit. We are dedicated to bringing the international Positive Discipline (PD) movement to Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.  Our community members embrace the core principles of PD including mutual respect, dignity, and guiding children with firmness and kindness at the same time. Each member of this movement realizes the vital importance of giving families and classrooms

Today, interest in Positive Discipline continues to grow with socially conscious organizations that believe respectful relationships can change communities for the better. We’re excited, thankful, and hopeful that these new collaborations will lead to lasting change.

Our Services and Programs
We provide local classes, trainings, and support groups that will help increase your confidence and skills as parents, caregivers, educators, and service providers.  Our signature parenting program focuses on preschoolers (0-5 years), school-aged children (5-12 years), and teens.  Positive Discipline is in schools where PD values bolster students’ social-emotional learning, and it’s practiced in all kinds of other community settings where people are starting to replace a culture of violence with one of respect.

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Business Phone Number: (831) 476-7284
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Support Group for Pregnancy or Infant Loss
Short Business Description: Support for parents who have experienced infant loss
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Support Group for Pregnancy or Infant Loss

Help for moms and dads who have lost an infant in childbirth

NEW ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP for Parents Who Have Lost an Infant

The loss of a child is devastating and the pain can feel unbearable. You are not alone.

Join our trained peer support facilitators for a weekly chat. You will connect with other grieving moms and explore techniques to help in the healing process.

It’s free and easy to join. Just create a Support Group Central account and select “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group” to register.

We meet every Friday and we hope that you’ll join us.…/psi-online-support-meetings/

Postpartum Support International

Help for Moms  ~  Call or Text our HelpLine. You are not alone and you are not to blame. PSI is here to help. You will get better.
Call 1-800-944-4773 (4PPD) English and Spanish  ~  Text a Message: 503-894-9453 (English) or 971-420-0294 (Spanish)

Available 24 hours a day, you will be asked to leave a confidential message and a trained and caring volunteer will return your call or text. They will listen, answer questions, offer encouragement and connect you with local resources as needed.
Resources for Fathers  ~  The resources listed on this page provide fathers and postpartum partners informed support and connection at no charge. Please contact us if you are looking for additional resources.

DADS Chat with an Expert

First Mondays of every month — PSI hosts a free call-in forum for dads facilitated by a perinatal mood disorders expert. Call for information, support, and connection with other dads. Click HEREfor more information and call-in number.

Tips for Postpartum Dads and Partners
The Postpartum Husband: book by Karen Kleiman

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Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
Address: PO Box 1457 Capitola, CA
Short Business Description: The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Santa Cruz County
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Triple P  –  Positive Parenting Program


Parenting is very rewarding and enjoyable, and it can also be challenging and exhausting. There is no one right way to be a parent – it is up to you to decide what values, skills and behaviors you want to teach your child.


The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a world-renowned program available to families in Santa Cruz County who have children ages birth to 16, including children with special needs. Backed by more than 30 years of international research, Triple P provides families with a tool kit of proven strategies for strengthening relationships with their children, promoting children’s development, and preventing or managing common parenting challenges – tantrums, sibling rivalry, homework, bullying, bedtime, communicating with teens, and more.


Parents and caregivers can get as little or as much parenting support as they’d like from trained Triple P practitioners in a number of organizations throughout the county.  Triple P services are available in English and Spanish for Santa Cruz County families with children birth-12 (Core Triple P), families with teens (Teen Triple P), and families with children with special needs (Stepping Stones Triple P).Options include:

Triple P Seminars – A series of three classes that provide an introduction to Triple P positive parenting strategies.
Triple P Workshops – One-time classes on specific parenting topics such as Preventing Tantrums, Encouraging Your Child’s Self-Esteem, Helping With Homework, Encouraging Teens to Cooperate, Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs, and more.
Brief Individual Sessions – Quick tips and coaching from a trained Triple P practitioner in 1-4 brief one-on-one sessions.
In-Depth Individual Sessions – In-depth parent education and coaching from a trained Triple P practitioner in 10+ one-on-one sessions.
Triple P Groups  – 8- or 9-week classes that teach all of the Triple P positive parenting strategies and provide opportunities for coaching and practice.
Specialized Parenting Support – Additional help for other family issues that affect parenting (coping skills, co-parenting, communication between parenting partners, anger management, making healthy lifestyle changes as a family)

What Triple P Teaches

The Triple P program is built on five principles of positive parenting:

Ensuring a safe, interesting environment
Creating a positive learning environment
Using assertive discipline
Having realistic expectations
Taking care of yourself as a parent

Triple P offers parenting information and tips in four main areas:

Developing positive relationships
Encouraging desirable behavior
Teaching children new behaviors and skills
Managing misbehavior

Whether you want a quick tip on how to handle a specific issue, some ideas on how to promote your child’s development, or help with more complex family issues, a trained practitioner can tailor Triple P to suit your needs.

Business Phone Number: 831-465-2217
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