Michelle Hartop

Michelle is a Hand in Hand Instructor living in Washington State. She is a mom and stepmom to two teens and a tween.

She says, “My commitment to Hand in Hand Parenting grew as I saw that, no matter how challenging my daughter's behavior was, if I focused on connecting with her, we came through the situation feeling closer and happier. On the flip side, if I moved toward reasoning or threats, our relationship became one big power struggle! These changes were so significant for me I had to learn more and share these tools with other parents.”

Now that she's a stepmom too she adds, “I'm so grateful I had these tools while blending our families. Having this ‘language' of connection, listening, and play helped us meet each challenge that came our way as we all adjusted to the new dynamics.”

Michelle loves supporting parents in finding creative solutions to their parenting challenges. She will hold the space for you to explore the difficulties you are facing, share how the listening tools can work in your family, and help you find the answers within yourself that are right for you and your family. She will share how to build deeper connections with your children, how you can set limits with love and warmth, and offer ideas on how to tackle “hot button” issues playfully.

You can work one-on-one with Michelle through her consulting services or sign up for one of her classes. For more details you can contact her directly by emailing Michelle at or connecting with her on her Facebook page.

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