My style has been described as a combination of wit, anecdotal humor and hard-hitting facts. Rest assured that when you book me, your audience will be engaged from start to finish and they will leave with information they can take home, test, out and apply immediately to family life.

“Vicki is a master storyteller, who is part comedian, part sage, mostly parent, who delivers the kind of relevant information on raising kids in the 21st century parents are demanding from their presenters.”

Speaking Topics

The Pressure to be Perfect

The statistics are alarming. Teens (and even younger children) report increased levels of stress, anxiety, pressure to perform, and thoughts of self-harm. Parents want to know what they can do to protect and prepare their children to deal with these pressures in healthy ways.

It’s not just the pressure to be perfect, but the pressure to be the most popular, the pressure not to disappoint parents, coaches, friends or teachers, the pressure to be included in every social gathering whether virtual or live and the pressure that comes from relying on others to determine your value and worth, that has this current generation of kids and young adults struggling to find their place in the world and maintain their emotional health.

Adolescence has always been a more stressful and challenging time for kids than toddlerhood. If we add to this hovering and micro-managing parents, the current economic and social climate, and the constant stimuli of their handheld technology we have created a perfect storm. The good news is that as parents we can work with our young children to fortify them with skills and insight, so they will walk into this time in their lives with confidence and enthusiasm. By shifting our perspective and our daily interactions with our teens we create the opportunity to lovingly support and effectively guide them as they work their way through this tumultuous time.

Presentation Overview

This presentation provides a means for parents to assess their children’s stress or anxiety, understand the root cause, and execute a plan to enhance the relationship with their young children or rekindle the connection with their adolescents.

Many parenting tools are best implemented at an early age, but it is never too late to invest in the relationship with your child—ever. I am available to present to your school or your community of parents offering you a parenting philosophy with real-life steps you can take now when your kids are young or as you find yourself in the midst of teen angst, to strengthen the relationship with your children, foster independence, facilitate mutual respect, personal accountability and perspective, all the while supporting them as they develop the resiliency required to bounce back from the challenges of adolescence.


The Less is More Approach to Growing a Grownup

A less is more approach to parenting focuses on developing and deepening the relationship between parents and kids without anyone feeling like a doormat or a dictator and ways for parents to foster independence and self-reliance which will help children grow and develop into emotionally healthy, engaged, … adults. This approach doesn’t offer quick fixes – and despite the catchy, irreverent name of her books – it is a serious parenting philosophy meant for the long haul.


Why this Approach?

Parents often reach for a parenting book when they are feeling vulnerable and frustrated. Most parenting books simply offer a “quick fix” strategy that, in the end, further alienates their children and leaves them feeling even more discouraged.

A Less is More Approach does not offer any quick fixes. Instead, it focuses on sustainable habits leading toward progress and improvement. It is centered around: supporting and fostering strong relationships between all family members; raising independent, self sufficient children; creating a family atmosphere that foster cooperation, empathy and joy. The approach not only accepts, but embraces, the idea that change happens over time.

Presentation Overview

In this presentation, Vicki identifies some of the biggest parenting obstacles and how parents can “clear away the clutter” and create clarity that will guide their family for years. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all magic solution that will lead you into bliss but there is a one-sized-feels-awesome for-all outcome: a happy, stable family with children who can think for themselves and parents who can turn the lights out at the end of the day and say to themselves, “I feel good about where we’re headed.”


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