Our Story 

In 2000, Dr. Robin Hauge began teaching her signature 12-week course to parents asking for support on behavior, once a year, every year. Seventeen years later, she noticed her own daughter struggling with her three granddaughters. This was a point of revelation; Robin's daughter herself had a PhD in Education and was well-respected in the field of social emotional learning- and yet, Dr. Chelsey Hauge Zavaleta was challenged to put the theories she knew so well into practice in her own home. 

Chelsey signed up for her mother's parenting class and both mother and daughter were blown away at the way that Robin's tools reflected the theories Chelsey has written and researched for so long. The best part was that over the twelve weeks she spent in her mother's class, Chelsey developed the tools to navigate everyday situations like meltdowns over who got which spoon and which child would open the front door with her three children. 

Soon, Chelsey left her academic position and this mother-daughter, double-Ph.D. team set out to grow Positive Parenthood. Chelsey learned to coach. Robin learned to mentor. They both learned to work with many more families than ever before, and now run the course on a monthly basis. They are both blown away by the vulnerability, compassion, and hope that families bring to Positive Parenthood. It is in being together and  sharing our biggest challenges, our most tender moments, and our sweetest triumphs that we begin to shift our hearts and souls- and it is in that shift, that we become the parents we want to be, and that we are able to reflexively and whole heartedly support our children towards cooperation. 

Our Bios

Dr. Robin Hauge

Dr. Robin Hauge is the founder of Positive Parenthood. Dr. Hauge is a Speech Pathologist and Ph.D. in Childhood Mental Health. Her depth of experience working with children with unique needs and profiles lends itself to supporting families who are experiencing very challenging behaviors, diagnoses, or situations. Robin's experience results in an extraordinary capacity to understand how children and young people experience the world, and to support parents to reduce stress at home for their children. Dr. Hauge's orientation as a Speech Pathologist means that she focuses extensively on language and how to say things to children and young people in ways that reinforce positive and nurturing relationships. Dr. Hauge will help you to notice the subtle dynamics that are sabotaging your parenting relationship, and to shift towards more positive ways of relating to your child or teen so that they have more capacity to cooperate with you. 

Dr. Chelsey Hauge Zavaleta

Dr. Chelsey Hauge Zavaleta holds a Ph.D. in Education, and her expertise lies in social emotional learning, educational equity and building calm, cooperative family relationships. Dr. Hauge Zavaleta, who has taught and researched at The University of British Columbia, Stanford University, and Mills College, works with parents and educators experiencing challenge with their children and young people, and uses a positive, relationship based approach to create calm and cooperation for all families. Dr. Hauge Zavaleta's sensitivity to relationship dynamics and building cultures of empathy enable her to work with families striving to become the kind of parents they were meant to be. The mother to three children, Chelsey brings both deep professional expertise and compassion from her own parenting journey to bear in her work with families. Chelsey has experience working on literacy, justice, and gender issues including girlhood, body image, gender identity and bullying. She has consulted with educational and governmental institutions on relationship based learning, social emotional well-being and how to support children to have positive relationships with digital worlds. Dr. Hauge Zavaleta's  sensitivity to relationship dynamics and building cultures of empathy enable her to work with families striving to build positive home cultures that are creative, hopeful, and positive. Chelsey will support you to work with both the cultural pressures shaping your parenting relationships and family dynamics that make parenting difficult. Together, you will use the Positive Parenthood Tools to move towards building positive, sweet, and gentle relationships and families so that parenting becomes joyful. Chelsey is bilingual and offers courses & coaching in English & Spanish.

Samuel Morales Zavaleta

Samuel Morales Zavaleta has decades of experience using music as a therapeutic tool for development and relationship building. Samuel has been working with the Positive Parenthood tools for several years now, beginning when his own children were young. Sam is a music educator and works with children who have special needs as well as typically developing children. Bilingual and bicultural, Sam teaches Guiding Cooperation in Spanish in California and in Mexico, and also supports a network of teachers and principals in applying the Positive Parenthood tools in his native Mexico. Sam will work with your family to identify particular challenges that make parenting difficult, and to select the best tool to rectify the situation. Sometimes, Sam involves music in his coaching work with families.​

Maya Garcia 

Maya Garcia started her journey toward positive parenthood eight years ago after her son with autism was referred to Dr. Robin Hauge. During their first session, Dr. Hauge taught Maya a positive parenthood tool that immediately improved her connection to her son. Maya knew she had found her mentor and signed-up right then for her very first 12-week Positive Parenthood course.

Maya Garcia started her journey toward positive parenthood eight years ago after her son with autism was referred to Dr. Robin Hauge. During their first session, Dr. Hauge taught Maya a positive parenthood tool that immediately improved her connection to her son. Maya knew she had found her mentor and signed-up right then for her very first 12-week Positive Parenthood course.

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