Mind & Child is a practical parenting community guided by two child psychologists offering easy-to-implement parenting strategies that address negative behavior while equipping you with tools to empathize with and better understand your child.
"As child psychologists and moms ourselves, we know you are busy. We don't like 'fluff' or 'passing parenting trends.' We want to give you easy, usable, research-based parenting tools that you can start using right now!"about mind & child
We have created a curriculum designed to help parents just like you, based on years of research in child psychology. We teach universal skills that stand the test of time and work with most children. We want to help you fill your parenting “toolbox” with strategies you can remember easily and use in any situation.
As parents, we are all short on time and we understand that. We would urge you to consider this an investment in your parenting skills. Spend time developing these skills now, and spend less time managing “problem behaviors” later. Short term investment, long term benefits!
Our primary goal with this parenting course is to equip you with practical parenting strategies to help you empathize with and understand your child while efficiently teaching them life-long problem solving skills.
Scientifically Proven Strategies
Our parenting 101 course is divided into three sections, called ARC, which help establish a firm foundation, provide strategies to avoid escalating behavior, and support you as a parent to teach your child life-long problem-solving strategies.
Our Parenting 101 Course is divided into three sections which establish a firm foundation, provide strategies to avoid escalating behavior, and support you as a parent to teach your child life-long problem solving strategies. We refer to these sections as ARC.
Our parenting course uses a three-tiered approach to parenting: establishing a strong connection, opportunities for correction, and teaching lifelong skills. We believe that focusing on developing a child’s problem-solving skills will minimize your need to constantly intervene while improving negative behaviors, which will build your relationship over time and allow your child to grow into a well-balanced adult who has strong relationships with others.
Don’t feel overwhelmed! Our videos get straight to the point and teach strategies you can implement immediately. Watch as many as time allows, even if that’s just two minutes!
Let us help you bloom into the parent you have always wanted to be! You will learn how to:
- Minimize meltdowns
- Decrease tantrums
- Take the “non” out of non-compliance
- Cut down on sibling fighting
- Reinforce a positive relationship with your child
- Help your child communicate their feelings
- Increase your child’s ability to listen
- Empower yourself to handle challenging behaviors at home or in public
While we might be experts on most children, only you are the true expert on your child.
"I never really considered myself "needing" to watch these videos. I just thought that I would speed through them, get the general idea of what was shared, and just use what was needed. But, OH MY GOODNESS, I was WRONG! It only makes sense to equip yourself with knowledge on how to build a better and stronger foundation with your kids when the relationship that you have with your kids is so important! Whether your relationship with your kids is cracked and needing repair, or, it's solid but in need of additional help to make the foundation even stronger, these videos will do that for you. And the videos are the perfect length - powered full of great information and tips - in a quick few minutes of your day. There is so much comfort and joy that comes with putting your children at the forefront of your mind and investing in that relationship. Talk about feeling like a strong parent when you are spending time molding and shaping your children! I feel that after watching these videos (multiple times 😊), and implementing what is taught, that no matter what my kids encounter when they reach adulthood, they will be equipped to face any challenge - they will be mature, thoughtful, and intentional adults. I am so blessed by this program and what it has to offer."
"As a parent of four young boys, getting advice and guidance on how to parent them successfully has become a bit of a hobby. My wife and I have worked through parenting books together in the past and have gotten some great things out of them. Lately, however, we’ve both found ourselves drawn to video and some of the social media parenting voices just because it is so much easier to get quick tips here and there without the time investment of working through the books.
While some of those tips have been nice, we needed more. With 4 little bodies (and 4 big personalities) all bumping into each other, we were both needing something deeper to help us navigate the daily realities and ensure our family’s ship is pointed to a healthy place.
Mind and Child’s Parenting 101 course was exactly what we have been looking for. Short, engaging videos, written and taught by proven experts in the field, that describe a very comprehensive approach to parenting. Every piece of advice and strategy that Drs Avirett and Mortimer described was useful, easy to understand, and communicated very well.
I loved their ARC approach and how they described it. Many times as they talked about common struggles (i.e. the “parenting pendulum”) I found myself going “Yup!” and nodding along, yet I always walked away from each topic feeling like “oh, ok, we can do this.” Each video is very practical, makes obvious sense, and is given in a way that is empowering, not judging.
One example is the “Consistency is Key” video. Like just about every parent, I already knew that was true. You have to do what you say. However, real-life is real, and I had to admit that I wasn’t perfect in executing that concept daily. I’d overreact to a situation (i.e. “fine, no electronics for 2 weeks!”) and then struggle to follow through consistently. In a 6 minute video, they were able to give me a ton of great tips to help avoid those situations, and I’ve already found myself applying them when working with my kids. I found every video to be the same way, a good strategy or idea communicated well, and then a bunch of practical tips on how to make that happen in the real world. The strategies are great, but those tips are gold!
The other thing that I was so impressed with is how much true depth there was to the course as a whole. My wife and I have both been turned off by what feels like parenting “fads” we see described in some books and especially on social media. We’ll get sucked in like everyone but, after looking into them, they really only cover specific situations and seem to only work if your family or situation fits in their box. The truth is, I can’t spend 45 minutes slowly channeling my inner Dali Lama to one kid while the other 3 are starting a bonfire on the sofa. I needed something that works in my real world.
Enter Drs. Mortimer and Avirett. These are two practicing psychologists who spent the time to build a true foundation in sound, proven, parenting principles and have worked with real parents, real kids, and real problems. That level of commitment comes through in what you see. And they manage to do all of that in a way that remains approachable and engaging.
Bottom line: Mind and Child’s Parenting 101 course is a great resource for any parent that wants proven, practical guidance from true experts in the field. You will get both the long-term strategies on creating a consistent and healthy environment for your kids AND tips on dealing with real-world situations that truly work. I cannot recommend this course highly enough!"
I found that these videos gave me the knowledge to translate the actions and reactions of my children into healthy responses which will, in turn, improve their emotional health and the health of our family unit. I am better able to anticipate my children's needs of me - a good listener, one to provide firm boundaries, a calm leader as they try to understand all the emotions running through them. These videos provide so many tools that can be applied immediately to start building a strong foundation for our children. These videos can provide relief to parents who are struggling to try to translate the actions and words of their children. These skills that we learn in the videos will help develop healthy relationships with our children that will lead to each child having healthy relationships with their siblings, friends, and as they grow into adults.
These videos are a breath of fresh air to a struggling parent. They provide peace of mind and hope!
This parenting course is a must! The videos are short, making them easy to fit into a busy schedule. The videos are clear, concise, and include practical strategies that apply to all ages.
As a mother of 4 and 9 year old daughters and an 8th grade teacher of 9 years, I've been able to practice these strategies in a wide variety of real life settings and situations. And they really work!
Mind and Child focuses on what all parents want - actual solutions that address the root of undesirable behaviors and have the big picture in mind, rather than quick fixes that are ineffective in the long run. We need simple, practical ways to shape our children into problem-solvers who can effectively communicate their needs and navigate their emotions. This course does exactly that and will help our kids evolve into thriving, independent adults.
Quick, practical lessons that gave me more tools to be a better father and teacher!
As a father I feel more equipped to lead my kids into adulthood. I remember putting my first child into the car seat for the first time thinking "I can't believe they are just sending me to the house now, I need an instruction manual". These videos felt like the manual I wanted back then!
As a teacher I have a better classroom. I have been able to apply several tools from this series to my classroom, as well. Each day I encounter several instances in which I have to coach students through conflict with one another, as well as navigate negative behaviors. Using a scaled down version of this course has made a positive impact in my classroom environment and behavior management. I actively see students improving as little humans because of some of the improvements I have made to my leading through this course!
I couldn't be happier with the new tools I have acquired and can't wait to see what else Mind and Child produces.
These videos were short enough to keep my attention span, yet thorough enough to teach me some solid material. I like the back-and-forth format of Dr. Mortimer and Dr. Avirett as they dig into each lesson. I also appreciated that each topic was broken up into a few minutes in its own video. It’s a lot less daunting than watching an hour-long seminar and trying to absorb everything at 100 mph. Also, it makes for easy searching and replaying when you want to focus on a specific topic.
There were quite a few things I learned that I had never thought of before and I look forward to applying them with my daughter. The lessons were in-depth and educational without being too scientific or over my head. Each idea was followed by great examples of how to put them into actual practice. Even basic things which seem like “common sense” were a great reminder of how easy and beneficial some parenting practices can be.
Overall, I think this is a well-executed curriculum with a wide range of topics that parents of both younger and older children will find helpful.
Parenting can be hard and it is easy to get discouraged when you feel like you keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Mind and Child is a practical course that uses basic and logical steps to address many of the common pitfalls we face as parents. I enjoyed that they were encouraging and realistic in their recommendations with practical applications that I can use on a daily basis. These videos are full of information, but not so long that you get bogged down in them. If you are like me, and life is hectic and busy right now, you will find the video format will be much easier to work through rather than another book that you will read the first 3 chapters then forget about for the next 6 months. Overall, I really enjoyed the course and felt encouraged and not overwhelmed after watching them. I know I will return to review some of these videos multiple times and likely pick up on new insights each time.
The Mind and Child course is an extremely valuable resource and one that I am so grateful for as a parent and home educator. The broad message is encouraging and the ARC metaphor (Additions, Redirections, Corrections) is easy to remember. The examples used to teach each parenting skill are relatable and practical and many of them are new to me, including a new way to time-out and time-in! I have four kids, ranging from 9 months to 12 years, and I found many useful tools to help me parent each one of them.
Dr. Avirett and Dr. Mortimer structured this course so that it is easy to follow and packed each video with meaningful content. The short and informative videos are great for busy moms, I was able to really dive in for the amount of time that I had each day, and I was able to easily tailor my time commitment without feeling lost in the discussion when I picked it back up. I highly recommend Mind and Child for moms in any stage. I've read a lot of parenting books over the past twelve years and I found this course unique and extraordinarily useful!
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DISCLAIMER: Information provided via Mind and Child is for general educational purposes only. This should not take the place of individualized psychological or medical services. We do not provide one-on-one mental health services via our website or social media. Please seek services from a local mental health professional for individualized therapy, testing, or guidance. Please call 9-1-1, or visit a local emergency room, in the case of an emergency. Dr. Erin Avirett nor Dr. Jordana Mortimer are liable for information provided via Mind and Child.