Welcome to Positive Parenting Seattle! We are so happy you are here.

Raising humans is hard work. We get it. It’s messy, relentless, ever-changing… and also, glorious. Let’s release the myth of “perfect parenting” and instead, uncover respectful and effective ways to engage with our kids. (Yep, we said respectful AND effective!) Our mission is to help parents, teachers and caregivers build deeply connected and cooperative relationships with the children in their world; helping families find more moments of joy, even amid the challenges.

next Class starts may 14th! join us! or learn more

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7 Week Positive Parenting Class

“Building Connection, Cooperation & Confidence”

Starts May 14th

Meet Our new Teacher: Brent swartz

We are thrilled to announce that our upcoming 7 Week Positive Parenting Class “Building Connection, Cooperation & Confidence”, will be co-taught by Katie Gruver (Positive Parenting Seattle Co-Founder & Parent Educator) & Brent Swartz (Licensed Public Health Nurse & father of two).

Katie Gruver , Co-founder of Positive Parenting Seattle, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator & Mother of two.  “I have been working with parents for 7 years in various support, education and coaching roles. I am also adjunct faculty at North Seattle College & Seattle Central College, where I work as a Parent Educator at various preschools (& one kindergarten!) throughout Seattle.  I love working with families because I deeply believe we all need more support in this wonderful and deeply challenging work of parenting. I teach Positive Discipline because it is deeply rooted in respect, both for one’s self and one’s children. I am drawn to the inherent curiosity needed to work with children (as we’re often asking ‘Why are they doing that?’). I believe our children’s behavior is always telling us something; our job is to listen and respond in a way that is both effective  and  relationship-building.”

Katie Gruver, Co-founder of Positive Parenting Seattle, Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator & Mother of two.

“I have been working with parents for 7 years in various support, education and coaching roles. I am also adjunct faculty at North Seattle College & Seattle Central College, where I work as a Parent Educator at various preschools (& one kindergarten!) throughout Seattle.

I love working with families because I deeply believe we all need more support in this wonderful and deeply challenging work of parenting. I teach Positive Discipline because it is deeply rooted in respect, both for one’s self and one’s children. I am drawn to the inherent curiosity needed to work with children (as we’re often asking ‘Why are they doing that?’). I believe our children’s behavior is always telling us something; our job is to listen and respond in a way that is both effective and relationship-building.”

Brent Swartz,  Public Health Nurse & Father of two.  “I am a Public Health Nurse with King County working with homeless children and their families. In working with at risk children I have learned that strong parenting skills can insulate children from significant trauma and allows parents to find joy and self confidence in any situation.  I am most fascinated with infancy and early childhood, developing skills and training in infant mental health and positive discipline as the cornerstones of understanding how early childhood experiences shape people through the course of their lifetime. When not visiting families at shelters, encampments, or on the streets, my wife Annelisa, my 4 year old son Finnley, and my 2 year old daughter Hazel and I can be found hiking and camping in the mountains, or sailing in the San Juans on our small family sail boat.”

Brent Swartz, Public Health Nurse & Father of two.

“I am a Public Health Nurse with King County working with homeless children and their families. In working with at risk children I have learned that strong parenting skills can insulate children from significant trauma and allows parents to find joy and self confidence in any situation.

I am most fascinated with infancy and early childhood, developing skills and training in infant mental health and positive discipline as the cornerstones of understanding how early childhood experiences shape people through the course of their lifetime. When not visiting families at shelters, encampments, or on the streets, my wife Annelisa, my 4 year old son Finnley, and my 2 year old daughter Hazel and I can be found hiking and camping in the mountains, or sailing in the San Juans on our small family sail boat.”

What people are Saying about our classes: 

"This was a really helpful class that allowed me the brain space to think about my approach to parenting. Before taking this class I was really stuck in a rut and feeling overwhelmed by my 4 year old and 17 month old. This class gave me some simple and real life ways that I could better navigate my relationship with my kids and make our lives happier and more balanced. Thank you!!"

"So, if I were to only take one class on parenting, Positive Parenting is the one. I feel really lucky to have found this class, and especially Katie and Anne, and feel that it was the best bang for the buck that I could have hoped for. Thanks a ton, big fan." - Brent S. (Seattle)

"I'm so thankful for Katie and Anne (for) introducing me to a fresh and encouraging way to look at parenting. I had fallen into a routine of discipline that was not working for my family and felt like I needed some new tools! I found so many useful tools that I was excited to try out! This class is a must for anyone that needs some encourage and inspiration in their parenting. I am so grateful!"