Rida Viljoen is an international recognised parent coach for more than a decade. She has a unique way of communicating and connecting with her clients. Rida is inspirational and brings a wealth of knowledge and heart to the table, combined with her passion for families, she reconnects broken relationships, guide new ones and build towards balanced relationships. Her style is humorous, relaxed and non-judgemental, creating a space for a person to grow and flourish. She goes the extra mile. Rida takes pride in her twins, whom are teenagers now. She still recons it is the best thing that could have happen to her to bring a much deeper level of understanding to parenting and its challenges.
Kelly is a mother to twin boys, and an internationally qualified Hand in Hand Parenting instructor. Her background is in Montessori education, where the focus was on positive discipline and nurturing the individual child. She both taught in the three to six environment and ran a preschool before becoming a mother. Kelly is passionate about bringing a sense of joy and connection into families, and providing parents with the tools to raise their children in a conscious and confident way. No two families are alike, and she aims to support parents in implementing the Hand in Hand Parenting tools in a way that aligns with the unique values and priorities of each family.
Lelia Schott is the founder of the decade old online advocacy and consulting group Synergy Gentle Parenting Resources, (aka SYNERGY PARENTING) advocating for mental, emotional and relational health. Lelia is an internationally certified parent coach, child advocate, counselor, speaker and writer. Most of all she is the grateful mother to 4 sons and 2 daughters. She has 24 years of experience as a parent and 12 years as a blended family parent counselor. Her advocacy work has reached the hearts and homes of people on every continent. Her greatest hope is to see conscious parenting grow in her own country, South Africa.
Jessica began her career in video editing after studying Motion Picture Production at the Tshwane University of Technology. After volunteering at an animal shelter, she turned her focus to studying companion animal behaviour. She has since qualified as a ThinkingPets Conti-Puppy Instructor, and holds the NOCN UK accredited Diploma through COAPE International. She now marks and tutors the Diploma course for COAPE International. She also serves on the committee for the Midrand SPCA.
After having children, Jessica developed a keen interest in early child development. This led her to become a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.
Jessica currently runs two companies: Best Behaviour: Animal Behaviour & Training, and Best Behaviour: Parent Education & Training. This deep understanding of animal and human emotion allows her to offer unrivalled support for the families with whom she works. She is deeply grateful to have joined forces with Clare Emms to and the other founding members to create the Conscious Parenting Association of South Africa. Despite her qualifications, Jessica remains well trained by her dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rats, and two young sons.
Clare Emms is the owner and founder of Ripple Effect Parenting and the Co-Founder of the CPASA. Her passion for working with children led to her starting her journey studying a BEd (ECD and Foundation Phase) and later a BEd Honours in Psychoeducational Support, and working for 7 years in both public and private schools.
As much as she loved teaching, for some reason it didn't feel like the perfect fit. When she had her first child she left teaching to pursue her passion. After exploring many avenues she eventually found Parent Coaching and it set her soul on fire in ways she had always dreamt of. She is so passionate about helping parents to understand why their children behave the way they do and then teaches them to find ways to work with their children to discipline in a way that promotes respect and connection.
She is also passionate about Inner Child work and believes that in order for parents to fully understand their children they first need to understand their own inner child. Her biggest goal is to spread an awareness of conscious parenting to as many people as possible because she believes that if everyone had an understanding of conscious parenting, we could change the world today and even more so for the next generation!