Our Approach

We believe children and parents are always doing their best. When challenges arise, we can get curious and discover the basis of the problem: either undeveloped skills or unmet emotional, developmental and sensory needs.

We teach parents how to move out of punishment-based parenting and into a connection-centered approach to living with with their children so that everyone can experience more joy in everyday family life. You will learn real-life tools on how to guide children and set boundaries without resorting to spanking,  yelling and other punitive techniques.

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Amy

Meet Amy

I am a psychotherapist and parent educator specializing in violence and abuse prevention, conflict resolution, and peaceful parenting. I provide local and online psychotherapy, parenting classes, and support groups; retreats for mothers and families; classroom visitations and in-home counseling services; dating and domestic violence education, professional consultations, and continuing education training for professionals.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC006053), National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), and a member of the American Counseling Association, with additional training in violence, abuse and trauma, conflict resolution, positive parenting for parents and teachers, and curriculum development.

I earned her Masters of Science and Specialist in Education degrees in professional counseling with a focus on children and adolescents. My training included work in an acute residential psychiatric hospital working with adolescent boys on the behaviorally aggressive and sexual offender units. After completing my training in 2004, I continued my work with children, adolescents and families facing everyday and acute challenges at home, at school, and in the community, including ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, family conflict, schools stress, and more.

I write about parenting on the Parenting Beyond Punishment blog on ways to move out of the reward-punishment parenting paradigm, as well as Play At Home Mom, a blog designed to help parents connect with their children through play.

I live and plays with my partner, daughter, and dog in Atlanta, GA.

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Meet Ashley

Ashley Kagan, Med MECD is the founder and co-owner of Play At Home Mom, LLC.  She holds a double masters degree in Exceptional Student Education and Early Childhood Development, and has over 24 years of experience working with children and families.  Ashley was a teacher for 11 years, 8 years teaching children with autism, and  now teaches pre-k in a Reggio-inspired school.  Ashley is also a contributor to the Parenting Beyond Punishment blog and provides online parent coaching services.

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