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Step Into a World of
Calm Parenting…

and discover practical
parenting strategies anchored
in love, mutual respect, and appreciation.

with Vanessa Callaghan, MEd.

Embrace imperfection, challenge traditional norms,
& discover your authentic parenting style.

The Calm Empowered Parent Podcast

Immerse yourself in conversations that illuminate the path to a calm and empowered approach to parenting despite challenging child behaviors, dysregulated nervous systems, and upsetting power struggles. Engage with heartwarming anecdotes, expert wisdom, and hands-on guidance that will leave you feeling poised, connected, and tapped into the boundless potential of your family.


We're here to challenge the societal expectation that parents should already know everything they need to know about raising children, and to challenge the myth that they have to do it all alone and perfectly the first time.


Together, we believe building strong families is a powerful way to build resilience in our communities and the world at large.

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Hi, I'm Vanessa

I am a parent empowerment coach with 20 years of experience in education and coaching. Through my research in positive psychology, Montessori, intrinsic motivation and resilience, I have developed an authentic, hands-on approach to coaching that empowers parents with high-quality tools so they can build a lifelong relationship based on respect, appreciation, and love. 


I have developed The Calm Empowered Parent podcast to provide parents, caregivers, and educators a shame-free space that will leave them poised, connected, and tapped into the boundless potential of their families.


I can’t wait to embark on this journey together!

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mother of 3

I have been able to have a closer relationship with both my younger daughters, but especially my middle daughter. She and I have gotten to a good place where there is more baking cookies, snuggling, and reading together, which is what I really wanted. Before working with Vanessa, it felt like I was out of control, the house was out of control, I felt powerless as well as my husband and I being at odds. I really want to express my gratitude for changing our family life, and everyone just feels so much calmer and more loving in our life home. It's really been an amazing journey, and I'm really excited to be where I am now.

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Workshop Attendee

Busy Parents of 6yo and 2.5 yo

Before we attended Vanessa's workshop, things were a bit frenetic in our households with our 6yo and 2.5 yo, and it was really helpful to meet with her! Raising kids and addressing challenges is never a one-size fits-all experience. We really appreciate how Vanessa draws from multiple tool boxes of strategies and adapted her suggestions to our unique family dynamics. She listened, shared key ideas, and gave us practices we could use right away. Our meeting got us in the right frame of mind for self-reflection and learning, and helped us focus on what we need to do next to improve things for ourselves and our kids. Thank you for your insights, Vanessa!

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