About Pure Joy Parenting
“Leslie is a bright light in my life. She has, with unfailing compassion, always brought me back to the truth in my relationships, both with my child and others. As a parent as well as a parent coach myself, I highly support her work for any parent, with any age child.”
Parenting is my passion and my life’s work has become sharing with other parents how they can shift their controlling fear based relationships with their children to a loving enjoyable reality. At the age of 44, I finally found the courage to become a mom. Growing up in a very challenging relationship, with my mom, created an intense anxiety about becoming a parent. Even though I had a passionate desire to “be” different with my daughter, I found my parental modeling was all I had available in times of stress. When I was faced with so called “negative” behavior I instantly felt the urge to parent the way I was parented.Through my determination and desire to “feel” better I began to explore being with myself, in relationship with my daughter, in a new way. I experienced when she was distressed, instead of being there for her, I acted as if she was causing my discomfort. I needed her to “behave” so I could be seen as the wonderful mother I wanted to be. Over and over, I saw how instead of maturely responding to my daughter, in her time of need, I asked her to be the mature one.During the process of questioning my beliefs and supporting other parents in exploring theirs, I created Purejoy Parenting LLC. With my background as a psychotherapist, working with families, it was a natural transition for me to use a coaching model. After years of having deep insight into my patterns, through psychotherapy, I found through the coaching model, I was able to offer more “in the moment” support in real-time situations. I created the parent coach model for a national company, Vive (www.vivenow.com), supporting parents with at risk teens, working with over 1000 families to reach higher ground.
The greatest gift you can give your children is you. After trying every behavioral technique I could find I realized my daughter’s undesirable behavior had a lot to do with mine. While trying to control and manage her behavior, so I could relax and be the loving parent I wanted to be, I came to a deep and profound understanding that my child was responding to my state of being. When I took ownership of my feelings she began to relax and open. This began a long and exquisite journey to realizing I have the power within me to accept and love all of me. This allowed me to love all aspects of my daughter. The door of love flew open and our relationship began to flourish.
If you have spent countless time and money trying to “fix” your child you may enjoy this site. After sitting with many parents and helping them shift into a “joy- based” model of parenting I have witnessed amazing transformations in their home. Shifting the focus off controlling your child’s negative behavior to working with how you react to their behavior allows you to see all expressions as sacred. As you relax, owning all parts of yourself, you can accept and enjoy your child instead of punishing, consequencing or controlling them. I invite you to join me on the journey to experience the pure joy I guarantee you is only a breath away.
“Leslie Potter’s insight into parenting has allowed me the opportunity to begin the journey of becoming the mother I set out to be. A mother that is open hearted, present and understands that my child is here to have her own experience. My job is to love and accept her as she is, which starts with me accepting me as I am. This is purejoy!” Maria R