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I’m Dajana (pronounced Diana) 

If you ask me what I do I would tell you that I’m here to make your parenting experience feel delightful, but what I really want to say is:

I give parents the strategies and tools so they can develop the skills to create a respectful, peaceful and loving relationship with their child, from how to communicate and help your children, to how  to have self-compassion so you can be your best self when your child needs you!

My goal is to give you everything you need to create a harmonious and strong relationship with your child, so they can feel loved, supported and safe to grow and thrive.

My fancy title is: Peaceful Parenting Coach, and there’s no other thing I’d rather do than helping one mom (and/or dad) at a time to improve her relationship with her child.

I’m married to a wonderful man and I am a mom to three kids, 2 boys ages 11 and 7, and a 4 year old girl, so I understand both the beauty and the messes!

Now the serious stuff, my credentials:

  • I am an Aha Parenting Certified Parent Educator and Parenting Coach

  • I am Dr. Laura Markham's Assistant and one of four Moderators for the Peaceful Parent Happy Kids Online Course Facebook Group

  • I completed Playful Parenting for Parent Educators with Lawrence Cohen, from Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry

  • I have a Master's Degree in Leadership and a Bachelor's in Biology from the University of Florida

  • I have a decade of experience in Leadership and serve as Faculty in several Higher Education Institutions

  • Additional Credentials:

    • Center for Mindful Self-Compassion- Self-Compassion Training​

    • Rick Hansen- Positive Neuroplasticity Training

    • Child Development informed

    • Dan Siegel Interpersonal Neurobiology informed

    • Attachment Theory informed

    • Deb Dana- Polyvagal Theory informed

    • Internal Family Systems informed

    • Non-Violent Communication informed

    • Trauma, Sensory Processing Disorder, Executive Function and Anxiety informed

    • Play Therapy informed

    • Mindfulness and Meditation informed

    • Couples and Co-parenting informed

    • Emotion Coaching informed

    • Siblings informed

When I'm not coaching clients, you can find me wandering around outdoors with my kids, exploring and engaging with nature with my boys, and stopping to pick pretty wild flowers with my daughter! 


Daily meditation and journaling nourish my inner state and allow me to connect to the power of the present moment. And when nobody is looking I enjoy sneaking German chocolate in the pantry, but that’s our secret, don’t tell my kids.

If you’d like to know more about what I do and how I can help you, check out my FREE Masterclass: Self-compassion for Peaceful Parenting- How to become the calm and patient parent even if your child is having a hard time, you can register below to get it immediately.

In this Masterclass you will learn:

1. How to respond instead of react to your child's defiance and tantrums

2. Practical strategies to use self-compassion to become a more calm and patient parent

3. How to handle a difficult situation with your child as the compassionate parent you want to be

See you on the other side!

Family at a Beach

What is Peaceful Parenting? 

Peaceful Parenting is a relationship-based parenting approach founded by Dr. Laura Markham, Clinical Psychologist and Parenting Coach at  This parenting approach is supported by scientific- research to raise more resilient children who develop emotional-intelligence and a healthy sense of well-being and don't have to recover from their childhood. 

The 3 Tools of Peaceful Parenting

Mother and Daughter Meditating
Playful Father and Son
Caring African American Woman Hugging Little Daughter, Comforting Her Upset Child, Closeup

1. How You Respond to Your Child

The first step to effective parenting is regulating your own mood and behavior!  How's your mood today? How do you talk to yourself when you make a mistake? You are role modeling how to stay calm and respectful to your child. Your responses to your child directly shape your child's brain and their behavior as a result.

2. Connection Before Redirection

The only reason your child is willing to cooperate with you is if they feel connected to you!  Connection is the part where you "delight" in your child so they feel safe and can learn your lessons.  Join them in their world first before correcting or making a request!

3. Coach Instead of Control

Kids learn best when we "coach" them to be their best selves!  An effective coach identifies the "need" and teaches the "skill", and empathizes while setting a kind, firm limit.  A coach always assumes the child is doing the best they can at the given time.

Cultivate a parenting style that is both gentle and firm, eliminate battles over control, and remain confidently in charge with a loving attitude.

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