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Conversations with Carol

Conversations with Carol

For parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5

Join Parent Consultant Carol Castanon for Conversations with Carol, attend them all or drop in when you can.

This time of family and sheltering is likely both joyful and rigorous. We'll look closely at what experiences are rough and where you find success and delight. Each conversation will highlight helpful perspectives on the practice of family.

Together we can explore:
Partnership and talking with children
Growing baby and young child
Tending, sleeping, and eating
Sustaining compassion 
Stamina and self-care
Autonomy and cooperation
Limits and problem solving
Crying and big feelings
Helpers and mates
More than one child
One child

We encourage you to join by video to enhance personal connection. Classes are designed for adult discussion, and we recognize that children may or may not be present.

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Contact us at 805-646-7559 x3 or [email protected] with any questions.


Secure Beginnings Parent Consultant Carol Castanon has guided schools and worked with families prenatal to 18 for over 40 years. She was the Executive Director of Secure Beginnings, formerly Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, from 2008 until 2017. Carol holds a degree in Human Development, and is certified in Maternal Mental Health and Parent-Child Relationships. She is a mediator specializing in family and school-based communication. Her theoretical leanings are in attachment, understanding the emotional life of children, child development, and anti-bias practices.