Cynthia has been a very supportive and effective parenting resource for me as a single father of three young children. Over 10 months, I was instructed weekly by Cynthia to learn how to discard ineffective parenting habits and learn mutually respectful effective habits. I started my transformation by learning new parenting perspectives in private sessions in her office or over the phone. After seven months, Cynthia came to my home and directed my interactions with my children on the spot because in the moment, I had a tendency to fall back into old bad habits. My learning curve jumped drastically with Cynthia in the home for 10 weeks in a row. I needed less direction with time because I was learning how to implement effective discipline by myself.
Cynthia has a good heart and amazing insight into understanding what I am going through. She finds the words to identify and explain the root causes of my challenges with my daughter. Through her wisdom and advice I have experienced many “Ah-Ha” moments of clarity and understanding about myself and how to improve my family situation.
Cynthia has spoken at our Boys and Girls Clubs on the San Francisco Peninsula over 14 times. She has an innate ability to relate to people of different cultures. She is comfortable with simultaneous Spanish translation. Parents trust Cynthia and I am amazed how they are open to thinking of parenting in new ways and accept her new parenting strategies. Her presentation style is engaging and parents have reported using her ideas successfully following her presentations. We will definitely continue to have Cynthia speak at our Boys and Girls clubs.
I am a dad of a 15 year-old daughter who is struggling in school and in following our rules. My wife and I contacted Cynthia to help with managing her behavior. We have come to realize that rather than trying to control or manipulate her, we need to learn how to listen and solve problems together. I struggle with controlling my anger which gets in the way of good communication. Because of Cynthia’s coaching, I had a huge breakthrough in listening rather than getting mad.
Hi Cynthia, I attended your talk about how to encourage your kids to do what you need them to do and I tried it out today. I spent 6 minutes this morning with my older son and we just did what he wanted to do. With that quality time, it was amazing how it transformed him. He did all his chores, ate breakfast, brushed his teeth and got his bag ready for school. It was like a miracle! I know this is a work in progress but it’s the first time in I don’t know how long that he didn’t cry. Thank you so much for your guidance! Arlene
I am a therapist and I referred one of my clients to Cynthia for parenting issues so we could focus on the other issues in her life, which were many. My client loves Cynthia and is getting so much out of private parenting education with her that the scramming at her kids has stopped, she is enjoying them more and getting “tons’ of worksheets and info from Cynthia. I think the two of us working as a team for this client has made a huge difference. I’m helping her find her identity in a loveless marriage and Cynthia is helping with the parenting part which is working beautifully. I highly recommend this type of teamwork and Cynthia herself.
Cynthia, It was a pleasure working with you. Thank you, for providing a better understanding of effective communication I find myself using the tools you provided not only with my kids but with coworkers! I seem to have found a quiet confidence communicating, thank you, I am grateful.
You have really finessed your speaking to an art!
Ms. Klein is an inspired teacher. She helped all of us look at our families, our children and ourselves. She created a safe, respectful environment, a place where parents could share their struggles and learn from each other and from her.
Thanks Cynthia. I appreciate your support deeply. You have already had a significant impact on our family’s happiness. Mother of three children
The communication advice you gave at the WEB, (Women Entrepreneurs of the Bay Area) talk on October18, 2013 was very helpful and I immediately applied it to my daily interactions with my daughter. The quality of our conversations has improved and she openly shares things with me without being requested to do so. Actually, the funny thing is that she seems to have picked up the style herself… Is that possible?? She says things like “Mom, I understand how frustrated you may be when I don’t do my chores… etc.” I am amazed! She acknowledges my feelings the same way you suggested we should do. So I wanted to really thank you for sharing your experience and your advice. You are changing how people communicate and are making them better listeners. That is awesome!
Thank you for a great presentation for the Foster City Family Enrichment Series. To date, your workshop brought in the most people so we definitely struck a nerve with the parents in our community. You were engaging and the information you presented was spot on, Your information was essential for parents today. I look forward to inviting you to speak again next year.
Hi Cynthia, I took your 2 session Parenting Your Teen class at Stanford University recently. Thank you so much! I went home and talked to my son about all the stuff we talked about in your class. Boy did we have fun! I am glad to have you as a resource as the years come (he’s 12) I am always open to learning (and re-learning). You’re great! Carol
Thank you so much for coming to our clubhouse and facilitating the discipline workshop. I have been talking to the parents that took part in the workshop and they all said that they enjoyed it and learn a lot. One of the parents told me today that this morning she was getting stressed out when she was getting her kids ready for school but she was able to maintain her cool using some of the techniques that she learn in your workshop. Thank you for giving our parents the tools that they need to better discipline their children. I think that this information will help us as well when we have to discipline their children. Both the parents and ourselves can use strategies that we learn from the workshop and work together as a community. Thanks again and we look forward to having you again sometime in the near future.
Cynthia has been teaching us that not only were we using ineffective punishment to gain control over our teenage daughter, we were also using communication blocks. It was scary to stop the controlling tactics and focus on listening to her with empathy and acceptance especially because the incorrect advice from others kept coming in. Our daughter now opens up about her feelings and needs because of our new skills of listening with empathy, not blocking. Her low grade has gone up two grades. The three of us are much happier with each other as we work together to create a unified and problem-solving family.
Your training for parents at the Sunnyvale Library was great! Full of great insight, valuable tips, wonderful strategies and covered such an important topic of concern to so many of our families. They certainly had a lot of take aways, found the workshop meaningful for their situation and gave the workshop fantastic ratings. To hire Cynthia, call her at 650.679.8138.
I think because you speak from your own experience with your daughter, “from the heart,” your talk packs quite a wallop, and resonates for your listeners.
It was a pleasure working with Cynthia over the last three months.She understood what we were going through with our kids and was able to provide us with solutions to overcome many of the day to day obstacles that were causing a disconnect between us and our kids. No matter your current parenting style, she is nonjudgmental in her approach, and was very supportive during the process even when we were making mistakes.
To truly reap the benefits of her training it requires a change in thinking and a shift from the traditional parenting paradigm.Although this can take time and practice to get right she provides many tools that can be used immediately as scaffolding until your new skills fully develop. The after/then tool was one of my favorites, simple but effective, it almost felt like cheating. Once you are able to make a connection with your children and truly listen to them, find out what they need so you can support them, they will start to listen to you.
Before Cynthia’s training, homework was a nightmare that often ended in yelling and tears.It was not uncommon for homework to last from when they got home until they went to bed. We have now shifted the focus from having all the home work done perfectly, to it is your responsibility to do the homework the way the teacher expects in the allotted time. Amazingly they now manage their own homework time and it takes little intervention from us, allowing us to get more done, and they now have time to play.
The tools, methods and techniques Cynthia teaches are also transferable to other relationships and areas of your life.My wife and I are now better able to communicate and understand each other now that we have learned the common pitfalls that cause many communication problems. I have also found conflict resolution at work is much smoother now that I don’t try to solve everyone’s problem for them but support them in finding their own solution to their problems. Thanks Cynthia! Matt – Dad of two…
As a couple’s therapist, I’m often in search of good parenting classes to which to refer my clients. I am pleased to have seen for myself the passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and skill that Cynthia puts into her group work! I have referred both family and clients, and the reviews have been consistently top notch! ~ Joann G. Riggio, MFT, http://www.jgriggiomft.com
Thank you for your parenting training. I’ve found that the new skills I learned from your workshop are decreasing the frequency & intensity of meltdowns in my children. Furthermore, the skills of understanding communication blocks and how to listen to emotions have some crossover with my marriage too. Thank you so much!!
Thanks again for a great class. I’m glad that Joe and I were both able to attend — We, as parents, go in seeking specific answers to specific issues or problems — like a call- in radio show. … you are teaching a change in philosophy. With a knowledge of this philosophy, we will all come to different styles of implementing to serve our purposes.
One night, during a moment of extreme duress with my 12 year old son, I called Cynthia for help. She was a great support and provided guidance on how to approach my son so I could keep communication open. Based on her expert suggestions, I listened in a way that made my son comfortable and trusting so we could arrive at a mutually respective solution. I didn’t know how to handle the situation and Cynthia was there to guide me.
Cynthia has been a contributing writer to Parenting on the Peninsula for the last year and a half. Her column is “Middle School Mom” and she gives parents of middle school children some fabulous insights into their child’s development as well as solutions and strategies for improving behaviors and family communication. What I like about Cynthia is that her columns are informative as well as realistic. Parenting on the Peninsula is proud and grateful to have an expert like Cynthia Klein on our team.”
Cynthia is a great speaker and has a very interactive, colorful presentation. She is a confident speaker with a lot of energy; entertaining too! She doesn’t sugar coat things and always pauses in her presentation to address an attendees’ question, which is always appreciated by the group. In the “Supporting Your Teen” session, I was reminded that the connection with your teen needs to happen or the door shuts. And, attitudes and actions can build or break the connection. Today, I learned about the 3 Step Solving Process. I will continue to practice and perfect the steps – “Stopping the Blocking” is the hardest step for me but I can’t move to step 2 without learning how to stop blocking. I’m determined to make the effort and practice, practice!
Thank you so much for presenting at our school. You made a strong connection with our parents with your informative and hands-on practical approach. I find myself referring to you and your strategies with both parents and teachers. Thank you, again for connecting with me and providing your vital resource and support to our parent community. http://www.tlcounselor.org/