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“Cynthia presented a workshop to parents and community members at our high school on best practices in communicating with teens. She was interactive, shared real life scenarios and offered very practical advice. Participants reflected on their personal communication styles, chose a roadblock that they would like to tackle, and left with concrete action steps to implement. The parent feedback that the school received was extremely positive. I highly recommend Cynthia!”

– Shannon LeCompte, Dean of Students at Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA

Speaking Engagement Topics

  • How do I keep communication open with my middle-school aged daughter?
  • What do I do when my child / teenager is so upset?
  • Why won’t my child take my advice when I’m just trying to help?
  • How can I stop the whining and manipulation?
  • How do I create a family where we listen and talk with each other instead of yelling so much?

These are important questions and I have helpful answers!

The goal of my presentation is to shift your view of a situation so you can see new alternatives and positive solutions. This renewed feeling of hope and confidence will enable you to take my information and apply it to your special family situation.Below are examples of one time presentation topics that schools and businesses have enjoyed. I develop my own talks so I can tailor the presentation to fit your needs. I speak to parents of children aged 5 to 25.

Please contact me to see how I can help your organization.





Organizations impacted by Cynthia include:

  • Morrissey-Compton Educational Center
  • Parents Place
  • Stanford University’s Work/Life Program
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
  • School Districts from Millbrae to Mountain View
  • Children’s Health Council
  • Child Care Coordinating Council
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Las Madres
  • Hewlett-Packard

 Contact Cynthia for her complete list of schools who have benefited from her expertise…

Presentation Topics that Get Results Parents Want

Getting Kids to Talk to You

You want your kids to share their struggles with you, so, why aren’t they? In this interactive presentation, you’ll learn what you are saying that is creating a wall around your child. Then, you’ll learn the “magic” words that will melt the wall and build trust and openness so you can discuss your child’s challenges together. You won’t want to miss Cynthia’s eye-opening wisdom.

Stop Struggling – Learn How to Turn Conflict Into Cooperation

This presentation, based on Cynthia Klein’s book, Ally Parenting, will reveal why you are struggling. Then, show you the step-by- step process so you will pick the most effective parenting strategy for each parent-child conflict. Once you have the right solution, then voila! You’ll know exactly what to do and improved cooperation is only a few actions away.

Win Your Kids Over Without Punishments or Rewards

Win your children’s cooperation through learning effective discipline strategies. Discover how to perfect the art of setting and enforcing rules and expectations without the need for punishments or rewards. You will be teaching your children how to become self-reliant and respectful.

I”m Talking But They’re Not Listening! Effective Communication Strategies

This interactive and engaging workshop provides effective communication tools to improve a child’s ability to listen, understand, and become more responsible. Learn what to do when children test limits and how to successfully encourage children to follow directions. Understand the need for parents to be good listeners and why listening to our children is so important for influencing them to do undesirable tasks.

Emotional Intelligence: The Foundation for a Problem-Solving Family

Learn how to effectively respond to emotions so you can keep communication open with your kids. Then, you will be able to problem solve together so you can create greater family cooperation and harmony. This presentation will teach you the Three Step Problem-Solving Process.

Get Unstuck with the Right Parenting Solutions

Find parenting solutions that fit your family. In this workshop, you will learn whether to be a director, collaborator, or supporter in order to get your family back on track. Effective strategies for each parenting role will be shared.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen to Your Great Advice

Learn the few simple changes in your language that will make a world of difference in your ability to communicate with your children. Too often kids put up walls or barriers that shut us out. If you ever said, “I’m just trying to help”, or “I wish my kids would talk to me more”, then join in to learn how to turn silence into loving conversations with your kids.

Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Personal Power

Explore ways to build your children’s self-esteem through parenting actions that empower. Develop beliefs and actions that positively impact your children’s inner strength, courage and ability to successfully handle life’s challenges.

How to Develop Resilient and Resourceful Children

Create a happy family that solves problems together. Discover how to talk with your kids about homework and other important issues. Learn the 3 Step Problem Solving Process so you can teach your children how to handle frustration, set important goals and solve their problems with clarity.

Turn Craziness into Calmness – Avert Power Struggles

Discover how to defuse your intensity so you can turn a potentially crazy time into a calm time. Learn from brain research the keys and solutions to your emotional turmoil. Take control of yourself so you can create the cooperative and harmonious family you desire.

Understand and Handle Emotional Moments with Confidence

Stop the whining. Learn how to view challenging emotional behaviors as a chance to feel close and loving. Discover how you can set firm limits and then listen with empathy without feeling manipulated. With this new approach, you can help your children through their difficult feelings. You will turn times of conflict into times of connection, closeness and cooperation.

Effective and Joyful Discipline with the Strong-Willed Child

Learn how to break the common cycle of power struggles with the strong-willed child. Develop a parenting approach that builds cooperation with these intelligent children. You can bring out the best in yourself and your challenging children.

Mothers and Daughters – Keeping the Closeness

Learn why the treasured relationship of mothers and daughters is also the most challenging. Explore how to keep the doors of communication open so your daughter allows you to support and influence her as she makes important life choices.