My name is Joan Romeo and I had the unique experience of growing up with 5 sisters and 4 brothers which taught me alot about what it takes to raise a family, and especially such a large one with so many different personalities, temperaments, and needs under one roof.
When my own children were in elementary school, I enrolled in an Active Parenting class. Parenting education was a fairly new concept back then (1994) and I was curious to see what it was all about. One of the key things I took away from this class was that parenting children requires certain skills just like other important jobs and as parents we're not expected to know what to do in all situations but it is our job to find out. The class turned out to be a wise investment in my family life then and even now.
I was so positively influenced by what I learned that I went on to become a certified Active Parenting Leader and began teaching this method to other parents. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to get to know and work with hundreds of parents (maybe more) and I've discovered that most parents want to be the best parents they can be but are simply lacking in some basic skills to do it effectively – skills that are unique to parenting children at all stages of development that can easily be learned and sharpened.
Most parents go into this role with the best of intentions, hopes, and dreams but find it's much harder than they first thought it would be especially while trying to balance their family life with work responsibilities – that it requires a tremendous amount of patience, energy, understanding, and know-how. And, for the most part, most parents do a great job at it, but sometimes find themselves at a loss when it comes to knowing how to handle certain problems and situations that come up.
I help fill in this gap so that parents can fufill the hopes and dreams they have for their children and find a greater sense of balance between work and family life as best they can.
And when I'm not helping others with their families, I enjoy spending time with my own.