Is an Extraverted Elephant and is married to the burly bearded guy below - together they have 4 kiddos; a Panda, an Otter, a Meerkat and an Elephant. With a background in Family Science, she is a Certified Trauma-Informed, SEL and Personality Type Practitioner who integrates her years of experience as a parenting educator with her expertise in personality type to help parents and teachers understand how to connect to the heart and brain of their children. Her happy place consists of: people (all of them!), gardening, eating tacos and deep conversations.
Her genius is creating tools to help parents understand and connect with their kiddos in order to reduce shame. Ask her anything! She's guaranteed to provide TMI.
Is a Introverted Meerkat. Once, he shaved his head at home just to avoid small talk with the barber. He is MBTI certified, and his happy place consists of everything opposite of Kara's world: Netflix, naps, music, artsy fartsy things, drawing, cooking delicious food and an escape hatch for when life gets too crazy. He is a Pit Master who knows how to smoke amazing meat to fulfill Kara's taco obsession. He also plays the bass like nobody's business.
He is the illustrator of the adorable animals, a techy, and leads the Customer Success Team at Showit.co.
Oh Hey! We're the Lackeys....
Children are struggling more than ever before.
Teachers continue to face new challenges and stressors, leading to burnout.
Parents are exhausted and stretched thin and according to a recent study, 70% of parents don't know how to have meaningful conversations with their child.
Schools and programs are realizing the need to emphasize Trauma-Informed and Social and Emotional learning skills, (which is fantastic!) but they may not be considering each child's personality type. SEL, as defined by CASEL, teaches awareness of what we need to know for healthy development, and learning personality type teaches how individuals go about doing so based on their natural styles. They go hand in hand. Personality type aligns with and strengthens SEL and understanding trauma responses.
But our teachers can only do so much. We believe that it requires an all hands on deck approach if we want our children to succeed.
Our programs and curriculum provide a unique bridge between teachers, parents, and students that goes beyond the classroom. Not only is our focus on students but also school staff, caregivers, families, and the community, recognizing that supporting and empowering one means doing the same for all.
What works for one kid, may not work for another. What worked for your mom, 30 years ago, may not work today. Each kiddo has a unique brain, with a unique personality and even if they are parented the same, it doesn't mean the parenting techniques are effective for each kiddo.
How to know which techniques would be helpful or not helpful based on their child's unique personality.
How to communicate with your kiddo effectively.
How to connect with your kiddo in a way that they will feel loved.
A perspective on parenting that has proven to bring healing and understanding. If you came into parenthood with your own childhood baggage, you don't have to repeat the same harmful parenting patterns. We'll give you actual tools that will help you understand why you are the way you are and why your kid is the way they are.
How to work through conflict without WW3 starting in your living room.
Understand how your child gets their energy, takes in and processes information and makes decisions.
An understanding of yourself in the context of personality type, especially in relation to your child's personality type, and how these differences may affect how you each prefer to live and relate.
So we teach adults:
"Why is it that kids can be raised in the same house, with the same rules, with the same parents and turn out totally different?"
Q: Are some personality types better than others?
A: No personality type is better than other types. Each personality type is unique with its own gifting and struggles.
Q: Has personality type theory been scientifically tested?
A: Personality type theory dates back to the early 1900's with psychologist Carl Jung. Since then there has been extensive research to prove its usefulness and accuracy. In fact, some people say “it’s scary how accurate it is.”
Q: Can I predict my child's behavior by knowing their personality?
A: Knowing your kiddo's type cannot predict behavior. All kids can freely choose to behavior in any manner regardless of the personality animal they identify with. We encourage parents to avoid labeling or telling a child "who" they are. These are only suggestions that may help parents understand their child's preferences.
Q: After learning about my child's personality preferences, I feel like a total failure. Is that normal?
A: We believe as parents, we are doing the best we can with the tools we have. There is no such thing as perfect parents. There is also no such thing as a parenting experts. We are all on the same journey of learning how to be parents at the exact same time our children are learning how to be a kids. Like Maya Angelou says, "do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better."
Q: Why does the child have to be 5 in order to know their personality?
A: Your kiddos personality type is still developing. The specific age of personality development has been subject to much debate, but it is believed that personality preferences can start to be identified between the ages of 5-7.