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Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie

Lisa is a Waldorf homeschooling, homemaking, heart and hearth tending mother of two who has worked with parents and children for 30 years in many capacities, wearing many caps: as a midwife, Waldorf early childhood educator, parent educator, group facilitator, caregiver and parent. She has trained and served in midwifery, childbirth education, Waldorf early childhood education, HypnoBirthing and Simplicity Parenting. She has served on the board of directors for LifeWays North America and on the WECAN Birth to Three Task Force. Lisa lives with her family in rural Vermont where she gardens and cooks, looks after hens, runs a business, and strives to parent from a place of slow and simple.

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About this course



Join me to explore love as the heart of discipline with practical strategies for parenting that are based on kind and loving authority.  
Our focus this month is putting it in practice. 

Are you?

  • Do you feel like your words are not being heard?
  • Are you exasperated at repeating yourself?
  • Are you ready to bring new strategies to moments of frustration?
  • Do you want to work on other ways to respond?
  • Would you like to bring more humor to your day?
  • Do you sometimes feel lost when it comes to discipline?
  • Does being with children exhaust you?
  • Would you like a few simple techniques to practice?
  • Are you ready to put what you know deep inside, what you feel in your heart into practice?
  • Wondering how you can make the day flow more peacefully?
  • Would you like to be more creative in your parenting?
  • Come join me to learn and practice strategies for connected, creative and conscious parenting.

When I began organizing the material for eCourse Love: the Heart of Discipline, I imagined a month that included a strong foundation, of looking at what we bring to parenting, who is the person before us and what does it mean to be in a parent child relationship.

Yet I could not find a window into daily practice, into bring tips and techniques as strategies, without providing the background, the basis or foundation for this work. So we had a month of exploration into the foundation.

This course is designed to take that background as our foundation and put it into practical strategies, with concrete suggestions for what-to-do.

This inspiration for this class comes from my own experience of trying to find my way into the shoes of parenthood.

When my first child was born, I was certain that if he had a gentle birth, was breastfed, co-slept in the family bed and I spent time with him and practiced attachment parenting that our life together would be smooth and harmonious. Are you laughing yet?

I wasn't. I really struggled with "what to do." Especially in the toddler years. I knew clearly in my heart what I was not willing to do, yet I was at a loss for what "to do."

So I plugged along and found my way. I read books to no avail. Talked to friends. Made changes in myself and in our home life. Over the years it began to emerge, a picture of the child, the development of the child and the inner development of the adult. Playful parenting and the authoritative parent. Attachment and boundaries. Responding rather than reacting. Seeing the child for who he or she is. It all coalesced for me.

Did that make me the perfect parent? No, not at all. I have gained some clarity around the parent-child relationship and I have learned when to let go and when to forge ahead. I've learned to talk less and do more. I've learned to recognize when my child needs more connection with me and I have learned so much about boundaries. I don't get exasperated anymore. This baby who taught me so much is now 23 years old and continues to teach me.

Since those first tender days of new motherhood, I have had the great gift of teaching and caring for other people's children. This makes my learning so much easier. Our own children come to us with such intensity and we are so often in the heat of the moment, that it can be hard to see the whole picture. Child number two came along eleven years ago and brought new opportunities for learning how he needs to be parented. 

I have thought about offering this course for years. And waited. And waited. Now it feels like the time is ripe.

I am offering this eCourse to help you explore how to use specific practical strategies, with patience, humor and creativity in the hard moments, and to have plenty of hands on practice, over the course of the month. . Does parenting boot camp sound daunting? it's kind and loving. Come on in!

We'll focus on real life challenges over the course of the month: tantrums, resistance, "not hearing," name calling, sibling bashing, biting, hair pulling and what happens when parents have two distinct styles of discipline, and more, with practical examples to help you be who you really are!

I hope you'll join me for a month of practical examples and practice to make your parenting more conscious, creative and connected. 

Practical Strategies for Love :: The Heart of Discipline

February + March

Give yourself the gift of clarity in understanding children's behavior and  confidence in your parenting.

Free to Year Round members of Celebrate the Rhythm of Life

Included with Celebrate the Rhythm of Life in March



Please note that Love :: The Heart of Discipline does not include the Monthly Guide Materials unless you join  as a monthly member  here