Monday, March 16, 2015

Meet Barbara Roba, author of 'Building Blocks of Positive Parenting'

Today I would like to welcome Barbara Rosa to the blog. You have already seen her book Building Blocks of Positive Parenting. Here, she is going to let us get to know her, her background, and services that she offers. Then, over the next few weeks, she will provide tidbits of advice on some common parenting topics on which she counsels. Thanks for stopping by!

What was the inspiration for creating your website and book? 
My own children have been my greatest inspiration in writing this book. I have seen a lot over the last 15 years working with children that I felt the desire to share what works and what doesn't work with the world. Additionally, in my career I was unable to find a resource that included parenting, mental health issues, and strategies all in one place - until now!
What kind of background do you have in parenting and education? 
I am the mother of two active boys. I have a masters degree in school counseling, a New York State license in Mental Health Counseling, a certificate in professional life coaching, and have worked as a school counselor for the past 13 years.
What do you offer on your website? offers childhood behavior based content for parents and teachers. A blog for popular topics and strategies for positive parenting. Our newest blog for teachers is coming soon. Membership is available for free which opens up the newsletter section and allows for regular emails with positive parenting tips. Online counseling is also available which gives flexible options of email, IM, and Skype.
Do I have other books in the works? 
Yes, I am working on my second book right now that is directly related to "The Building Blocks of Positive Parenting" but will be for educators. The foundation of working with students along with strategies paired with diagnoses and common misbehaviors will be formatted for easy use in schools.
Are children today more difficult than we were at the same age? 
I feel that children aren't more difficult. They just have more to process and manage. Media, technology, and social networking has opened up a whole new world of knowledge that wasn't present even just a few years back. New developments happen daily. It is hard for children to distinguish between what is "cool" and what is appropriate. Parents definitely need to play a large role in this.

Because there is so much information out there, how do you make yourself stand out? 
"The Building Blocks of Positive Parenting" is one of a kind. No other book puts together foundations, explanations of diagnoses and misbehaviors paired with specific interventions, plus an appendix complete with even more tools.
Thank you so much for your time! We look forward to hearing more from you.

Check out her book 'Building Blocks of Positive Parenting':


The book that parents wish their children were born with is here!Do you wonder what to do when your child refuses to listen to you? Do you wish your child wasn't so defiant? Is there a way to quell tantrums? Do you know how positive discipline can make your life easier as a parent? In The Building Blocks of Positive Parenting, Barb answers each of these questions and much more with easy to understand explanations, tips, plans, and interventions than can be put into place today!

Most parents have very busy lives and don't have the time or energy to spend reading parenting books cover to cover. The best part of The Building Blocks of Positive Parenting is that you don't have to read the whole book to see changes in your child. In the first few chapters, you will easily learn the foundations to positive parenting. From there, you take control and get to pick and choose from behaviors specific to your child. Doing so will allow for a targeted approach instead of having to weed through information that has nothing to do with your child and family. Given our fast-paced world, this book is a refreshing and easy-to-use tool to encourage positive change.

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Barb Roba is a licensed mental health counselor and has earned a masters degree along with her Certificate of Advanced study in school counseling. Her area of expertise is found working with young children and their families to develop positive parenting and behavior management techniques. Barb is a mother of two boys. She currently works as an elementary school counselor and provides online mental health therapy to clients.

Find her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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