We’re growing! A note from Bounceback Parenting founder, Alissa Zorn:
After 10 years of BBP being mostly a solitary operation, I’m making some big changes! New writers and a new community!
I started Bounceback Parenting as a hobby, wanting to connect with other parents and find camaraderie. It grew quickly from a hobby into a career. I’ve been super grateful to help families, but as my kids have gotten older it’s given me a bit more time to myself and I’ve started to understand myself better. I’ve realized I’m ready to transition into a new career phase (I’ll share more at the end of this post about that).
At first I was unsure how to make this career shift. Thankfully, after a lot of thought and facing some Big Fears about trying new things, I came to the conclusion that this is actually my chance to grow, not to shrink. I’m so excited for what this means for BBP readers!
Along with bringing on some new writers to keep things fresh around here, I’ve paired up with parenting coach Allison Livingston, founder of Power Struggles to Peace. We’ve opened a community that she is leading which supports parents facing behavior challenges. In our community you learn how to stop the power struggles and connect deeply with your kids.
What this means:
- You can expect articles from a variety of experts on emotional intelligence in families. Bounceback Parenting has talked about numerous topics over the years, and while there are still plenty of posts about kid activities or games, we’re embracing a stronger focus on emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence articles will be particularly helpful if you struggle with your child’s challenging behavior, if you experience anger or rage, or if you come from a family where you experienced emotional neglect as a child.
- You have the opportunity to join our private community which is a membership for parents who are breaking old patterns and learning how to step out of power struggles so they can find ease with their kids.
- I’ll be sharing work with you from my community co-founder Allison Livingston. Allison is an excellent parenting coach who’s helped me with many of my own parenting challenges. You can read more about Allison below.
About Allison Livingston:
Allison is the founder of Power Struggles to Peace. Allison’s gift is to shine a light on where families are stuck, mired in conflict. Her calm reassuring presence lets parents know they aren’t alone. She guides families to successfully move away from power struggles and old reactive patterns. Her framework allows them to create new habits of emotional well-being where peace and connection is the new norm.
“The prerequisite for connection is emotional safety. Very few parents learned how to experience emotions in a healthy constructive way. Therefore, they stay in the old habits of communication they grew up with, which turn out to be toxic and threatening, full of shame, sarcasm and labels. I teach them how to break this cycle” says Allison.
Her straight forward approach is a guiding light to give parents a step-by-step plan and hope. Allison went through this journey from power struggles to peace in her own family. She knows exactly what it’s like to feel discouraged and unsure, plus how to turn it around. She reminds us we’re all human, doing our best – we just never learned how to experience emotional well-being so can’t model it.
So what else am I getting up to?
Are you curious about my own career move? I’m still involved in Bounceback Parenting, but in more of an editorial role. Currently I’m shifting my focus to comics and coaching (what? yes.) I’ve been learning about inter-generational trauma – healing work I started getting into in 2017. Over the past couple years I’ve been studying, going to therapy myself, and acquiring some new skills. I’ve completed an ICF approved coaching program and have also started sharing about what I learn in comics that I draw.
If you’re interested in another way to get to know and express yourself you can find out more about my awkward and brave community here. I’m bringing together comics and coaching as a way for people to find clarity, express themselves and build emotional resilience. I also offer one to one coaching for people undertaking creative projects or transitions in their life.
Finally, in September of 2020 I’m starting to take a year long comics certificate with Sequential Artists Workshop, and I’m so excited about it. You can see my comics and keep up with this creative evolution in my life over at @freefalldiaries on Instagram.
All my best,