I am Carol and I…
am a mom of twins.
At turns, inspired and confounded by their hijinks and habitudes, I felt out-manned and manic trying to figure it all out. All along, I knew our boys were fascinating and created with individual purpose and possibility and it was my mission to unleash it. I was also determined to avoid the pitfall of treating our two-fold gift as one body or one unit expected to think, do, and feel everything, lockstep and in formation.
BUT, first I needed tools.
My ‘formal’ efforts in this regard began with courses led by the Parent Encouragement Program, Inc. when my sons were 2 years old. I was introduced to positive discipline and the teachings of noted psychologist, Alfred Adler. His approach to understanding the motivations behind human behavior intermingled with stages of human development resonated with me and suited my rational mindset. To my total surprise, however; it also spoke to my heart on a spiritual level. It occurred to me that parenthood was a not an assignment to be “muddled through”, but a ministry presented by God that I had best honor. Through all the discussion about misbehavior and meltdowns (for parents and kids!), I saw parallels to my journey with God and the highlights and the low moments along the way. I began to speak about this to others and got blank stares until one day I shared it with a friend who got it. Fast forward about 5 years or so and, together, we co-founded our own company with this core principle of ‘parenting as ministry’ underpinning our work.
Today, as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Gardener Parenting Consultants, I create parenting programs, provide training, consult with families, and hopefully, change lives. I design customized tools and resources to guide parents as they seek to encourage their children’s healthy growth and development, instill confidence and self-discipline, and, overall, promote harmony in the family.
In the time since my initial connection with the Parent Encouragement Program, I’ve completed countless hours of classwork and study, served on the Board of Directors, become a certified Parent Educator, and I continue to lead parenting classes and present community talks on their behalf.
In January 2015, another platform opened for me – talk radio. I was invited to join Team Radio Baltimore, a dynamic circle of women offering a diverse array of expertise that we showcase in our programming on WOLB 1010 AM Talk Radio. My show is Parenting 411, where we provide “information parents need from sources they can trust.”