Karen Netzel Want strong and loving relationships with your kids,
family life isn't always easy - and you wish
it could be different?
Choose connection to be the parent you want to be
and create the family life you've always wanted.

Rethinking parenting

Every day is a new opportunity for connection

I’m Karen Netzel. I believe choosing connection is the key to more peace, calm and joy in family life – and that rethinking parenting is the key to lasting social change and a more peaceful world.

As a parent and family coach, philologist, linguist, blogger, mum of a teen and preteen twins, I offer new perspectives on parenting and challenging situations in everyday family life. I help parents find peaceful and respectful ways to connect with their kids and build strong relationships.

Parent and family coaching Courses and community

How we can work together

Karen Netzel

Hi, I’m Karen

If you want more peace, calm and joy in family life, I can offer you a new perspective: from power struggles, frustration and overwhelm to more connection, the confidence to handle the challenges of everyday parenting and building a strong relationship with your child.

Be the parent you want to be and create the family life you’ve always wanted!

When I’m not coaching, I love spending time with my three kids, writing my blog, taking online classes, travelling and running.

Read more about my journey here.

On the blog

A midlife review: 45 things about me

Today’s my birthday. At 23.11 - or 11.11 pm, which somehow sounds more magical :-) - I turn 45. [...]

5 simple habits to help centre yourself in difficult times

Here are five daily habits I like to do to help me centre myself in uncertain times. They're very [...]

Self-care and finding a new normal in a global pandemic

Home together 24/7. Home office, homeschooling, social distancing, essential work. Family life is unrecognisable from as little as a [...]

What other parents say about working with me

Totally fabulous! You are really wonderful; very approachable, easy to connect with online. I felt immediately comfortable being vulnerable with you about my parenting insecurities, and trusted your experience. It’s clear that you are a pro, you asked very insightful and clarifying questions. I felt immediately understood and supported, and left with real and actionable info.

Chrissy, a daughter (6 yrs) in Washington, DC
It‘s been really helpful and supportive for us to get some feedback and to be able to rethink our methods of parenting.
We‘ve had a really positive experience and spoke about how much we enjoyed it, felt comfortable and how open it was.
Connor, a daughter (3 yrs)
Thank you for the support and helpful tips for a more connected and respectful family life!
It’s been a great learning curve and probably will be for a good while… but the positive outcome is the best motivation!
Stephanie, a daughter (3 yrs)

We were stuck in a cycle with our son, constantly reacting to his behaviour and feeling a little hopeless as parents not knowing what to do for the best.
We now have a better understanding of our son’s behaviour, how our own stress and childhood experiences manifest in our treatment of our children, what our children are ‘telling’ us in their actions, and a set of tools to manage.
Amazing! Don’t know how we would have moved forward without you.

Matt, two children (9 & 5 yrs)

Karen’s a great personality! I know few people who communicate so respectfully with children. She really helped me with my concerns.

Susanne, two children (6 & 2 yrs)

Karen’s very empathetic and a great coach who finds wonderful words.

Tamara, three children (7, 5 & 3 yrs)

Working with Karen really helped me!
Karen’s very likeable and had a way of making me feel very comfortable. As a coach, she not only shared her knowledge but saw me as as a person. She connected with me on a personal level, which enabled me to build trust. She was well prepared for our sessions and introduced each topic thoughtfully, which I think is really important when talking about emotional topics like children, being a mum, and relationships. She listened carefully to me and was attuned to my way of thinking. Karen has a great deal of expert knowledge and offered new ways of seeing things that all made a lot of sense to me. I left our coaching sessions with lots of new ways of thinking as well as a concrete idea of what I could do differently in our everyday family life. I always felt as though she was listening to me and that she was hearing me. That was very helpful and exactly what I want as a client.

Susanne, two children (6 & 2 yrs)
I am so happy with your course. It makes me think so much about my relationships at home (and also outside) and it motivates me to change. I really want to thank you for guiding us through this huge positive transformation in our way to see and feel the world.
Lis, a son (5 yrs)

Our meeting was so, so fabulous, and I’ve found the paradigm shifts that we discussed really informing my mindset during some challenging behaviors/emotional states that have come up around the end of the school year!  So fantastic!

Chrissy, a daughter (6 yrs) in Washington, DC

The course was very valuable for me. After just one module, I was able to see our daily routine and the way our child was behaving in a different light. I could see why she was behaving in that way and understand what she really needed. We made a small adjustment to our daily routine, which had the big effect that now I and my kids can start our day less stressed, happier and feeling more connected to each other.

Saša, two children (4 & 1 yrs)

Can highly recommend! Karen’s great!

Judith, a son (6 yrs)

I felt like I didn’t understand my daughter’s behavior, why she acted out, what was bothering her, etc. I felt helpless.
Now I feel like I understand that there is a connection between the behavior and the real issue behind it. The realization that there is something behind the behavior is huge. Now I am aware….. There still is a lot of work to do but the first step is knowing what I have to do. I feel like I have some tools to help me.

Sarah, a daughter (7 yrs)

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