Bonnie Harris, MS Ed, is the director of Connective Parenting and has been a parenting specialist for twenty-five years. Parent educator, professional trainer, counselor, author, and international speaker, Harris is known for her pioneering child behavior strategies. Her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education is from Bank Street College in New York City. In 1990, she founded The Parent Guidance Center in New Hampshire, now The River Center. Based on her book, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons (2003), Bonnie teaches Buttons parent workshops and professional trainings internationally. Buttons was named one of the top ten best parenting books by New York Post, and has been published in seven countries. Her second book Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live With (2008) has distilled all of her groundbreaking work into 8 key principles and practical strategies.
She has appeared on The Today Show, Asia News broadcast from Singapore, ABC broadcast in Australia and numerous radio and TV programs and has been featured in publications such as Parenting, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Essence, and Working Mother. Bonnie is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband in New Hampshire.
Harris is an experienced media pro who has been interviewed widely on television and radio. She also gives keynote speeches and presents to professional audiences internationally on a variety of parenting topics. She recently has given professional trainings in Australia and Canada and yearly provides a variety of parenting programs in London.
What’s different about Harris’s approach is the focus on the parent’s role in self-discipline—remaining calm and looking at the child’s behavior with a detective’s eye. The child’s behavior is the parent’s clue to what lies beneath. Connecting with the root of the behavior instead of reacting to the behavior can mean a transformational shift in how we parent our children.
To see video, YouTube and audio clips of her interviews and workshops, visit www.connectiveparenting.com .