Christina Santana

Hi, I’m Christina.
I live in vibrant South London with my husband and two beautiful young girls who are my biggest teachers and daily inspiration.I am passionate about parenting, self-healing, and ending negative generational patterns. I believe that anybody (despite their own childhood experiences), can be the parent they truly want to be, and lead a happy and fulfilling family life. I am a qualified Social Worker, Parental Nurturer, Child Activist and Certified Hand in Hand parenting instructor.
I discovered Hand in Hand back in 2016 whilst I was hopelessly scrolling the internet at 3 am feeling overwhelmed, isolated and doubting my parenting abilities. I was desperately seeking the answer as to whether my daughter's big explosive meltdowns were ‘normal’? “And how I could support her through them. I stumbled across an article of Hand in Hand parenting, finally an approach that aligned with what I knew of attachment and trauma and most importantly my own values and intuition. I can remember instantly feeling a huge wave of relief and reassurance.
After an initial traumatic birth experience, I adored being a mother and the huge awaking journey that it was, but what I had not anticipated was how entwined my daughter's emotions would feel with mine. How her big raw emotions would re-stimulate unresolved hurt feelings or childhood trauma of my own. It was hard. I quickly realized that parenting was not purely about nurturing my child but also about nurturing my own inner child.
Hand in Hand Parenting is not only a parenting approach, it is the much-needed community, in the absence of our village. I will forever be grateful for the deep level of connection that I have with my children and the confidence that I have in my own parenting, and I have Hand in Hand to attribute for that.
Join me for parenting classes, study/support groups and one to one consultations. You will also find me giving talks and workshops in south London, and at UK festivals throughout the summer. I hold warm, inviting and non-judgmental spaces for us to explore parenting together.
What parents are saying about Christina's classes
“Thank you so much for having me on this journey its been so amazing, and eye opening, life changing!”
“I can't thank you enough for all that you have brought to our life. You have been such an inspiration and have showed so much generosity and caring for all of us. I feel so grateful to have been a part of this special journey”
“Thank you for all your wisdom, knowledge, compassion and courage. This course has been incredible and i feel so lucky to have been part of it. Here's to the future of our magical children”
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