Karin Appleton has a passion for supporting parents that began decades ago while working as a preschool teacher, strengthened when she worked with families as a mental health counselor, and deepened once she became a parent herself.
Her degrees in early childhood education, child and adolescent development, and clinical psychology compliment her work as a certified Hand in Hand instructor.
Karin offers classes, workshops, and individual consultations for parents and professionals with a light hearted, non-judgmental, and compassionate approach.
“I am just bursting to share the 5 Tools of Hand in Hand Parenting as far and wide
as possible! Hand in Hand truly provides parents the support they need to do
the hard work of supporting their children.
“As a parent educator I have studied and practiced many different parenting
approaches. As a parent I lean on the Hand in Hand tools daily and find they are
all I really need to navigate any kind of parenting challenge that comes my way.
“I feel like learning the 5 tools of Hand in Hand Parenting is a smart choice
because the tools can be used with any age and at any stage of development.
Hand in Hand grows with your family through the years. Rather than focusing on
behavior modifying tips and tricks that children can outgrow, the focus is on
building relationships that only grow closer as you practice. Let me show you
What Parents Are Saying
This Hand and Hand learning experience was transformative for me to become
a more empathetic parent who knows how to navigate the ups and downs of a
young child. My relationships have improved greatly using the many strategies I
learned and I am forever grateful to our wonderful instructor Karin. Her gentle
guidance and support gave us the confidence to try new methods with our
children. The structure of the class provided the time for the group share stories
and get new ideas from participating parents. This group became so close
during these many weeks together and it was a wonderful bonding opportunity
for moms and dads. I highly recommend Karin and Hand & Hand Parenting to all
parents. It will change your lives for the better!
H. Carmena, MA
San Francisco, CA