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About Me

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Hi, I'm Gina!

I’m Mom to two amazing and very different kids and married to my high school sweetheart. Before becoming a parent, I had often heard that parenting is the most difficult yet most rewarding job I would ever have. What I didn’t know, was that hearing this sentiment is completely different from living it. I thought I would easily figure out how to navigate the journey of motherhood and what I would and would not do as a parent. It took me about two whole seconds to realize that words could not describe how hard it was!

While I could have never imagined the magnitude of joy and unconditional love I have for my babies, there were also times that I  felt totally overwhelmed and unprepared.

Who knew that the most EPIC tantrum from the sweetest little two year old girl would occur because I poured syrup directly on her pancake instead of on the side for dipping? Or that my toddler would have an inconsolable melt down that entailed lying on the hot cement, screaming and crying for what felt like eternity because they weren’t allowed to poop in the swimming pool?  I felt like everything I had learned or planned disappeared in these moments and I didn’t know how to help my kids (or myself) with challenging behaviors.

After feeling completely and frustrated during some difficult seasons of motherhood, I embarked on a journey to understand what worked best for my kids; how to connect with them and how to teach them.  

I was introduced to Positive Discipline and Positive Parenting when my oldest was 2 years old, and continue to implement these philosophies and strategies into our daily lives. Because they WORK. My kids and my family are living proof of that. Motherhood isn’t easy, but it definitely is wonderful.

xo,

Gina Hendon Meadows

My Qualifications

I earned a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and an M.S. and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology from the University of La Verne.  I’ve been a school psychologist since 2010 and have over a decade of experience working with children and families.  After becoming a mom, I took classes to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and now teach online courses which aim to educate parents and provide them with tools to build respectful, cooperative, peaceful families. I’m also an active member of California Association of School Psychologists, National Association of School Psychologists, and the Positive Discipline Association.

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