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About Barbara Joy

For the past 25 years, Barbara Joy has been offering education, encouragement and insight to parents, drawing from her clinical background in Child Development and 15 years experience as a nurse specializing in children with chronic and life threatening illnesses.

She became a Personal and Professional Coach in 1997 and now has a private practice as a Positive Parenting Coach. Barbara is committed to assisting parents in raising happier, healthier children, thus creating happier, healthier families. She is also a motivational speaker and offers classes, trainings and workshops to many schools and organizations (some of which are listed below).

Barbara is both a biological and adoptive mother of 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. She considers being a Mom her greatest success and joy in life.

"Parenting is the most important job you'll ever do.
My coaching will help you become the parent you truly want to be."
- Barbara Joy

Barbara's classes & encouraging workshops are well known throughout the North Bay. Feel free to contact her for more details or specific references if needed. You are welcome to read what other parents are saying about Barbara as well.

Live Oak Preschool. Healdsburg
St. John’s Catholic School,Healdsburg
Franklin Park Co-op, Santa Rosa
Brush Creek Montesorri School, Santa Rosa
Bethel Children’s Center, Santa Rosa
First Presbytarian Pre-school, Santa Rosa
First United Methodist Church Preschool, Santa Rosa
Learning Universe, Petaluma
Petaluma Parent Nursery School, Petaluma
Redwood Montesorri School, Penngrove
Novato Parents Nursery School, Novato
Cloverdale Co-op Preschool, Cloverdale
Montesorri School of Sonoma

Califronia Parenting Institute, Santa Rosa
Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Santa Rosa
Parents Place, Santa Rosa
Community Childcare Council, Santa Rosa
Parent Voices, Santa Rosa
Town of Windsor, Community Services, Windsor
POLO( Parents of Little Ones) Healdsburg
SCAEYC, Santa Rosa
MOMS: Moms of Multiples, Rohnert Park
North County Mothers Club, Healdsburg
Sonoma Valley Mothers Club, Sonoma
Santa Rosa Mothers Club, Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Parents Club, Sebastopol

Conferences & Workshops:

Santa Rosa:
Sonoma County Early Childhood Conference:
Common Ground: Working Together for Children
Oct. 2002. Workshops: "Parenting the Adopted Child" and "Parenting with Positive Discipline"

San Francisco: California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools (CCPPNS)
Annual Convention: Families for a Peaceful Planet
March, 2003. Worshops: "Understanding Sibling Rivalry and Relationship" and "Handling Anger: Yours and Your Childs"

Board of Directors:

1) Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Advisory Board
2) Community Childcare Council of Sonoma County, Inc.

Barbara can be reached by phone at: 707-480-2628 or by Email at:

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