To parent better we have to think differently.

There isn't one right way to parent.

Your family is made up of unique individuals. What you need to have a healthy happy family, is going to be very different from what I need.

I've created a set of services and classes that isn't a set ideology. Ideologies create judgement and guilt around doing it right or wrong.

I'm about doing what works.

I want you to have a different kind of relationship with your child. 

I work to bring you strategies that support what is best for everyone in your family.

You have instinctual knowing about what is best for your child, but the culture undermines you. My goal is to help you connect to and trust your own instincts.

 
 
 

Bringing it Together

 

Biology allows me to take into account how a child grows and develops.

Anthropology brings in the aspect of culture and the influences it has on the way we parent.

Research provides evidence based information to make sure the advice I give has been tested.

My experience as a parent along, with my years of working with families provides the personal understanding of the struggles of parenting.

This comprehensive approach creates support that is scientific yet understanding.

You get the real facts applied in a way that works and makes sense in your real life. 

 
 

Yes, Patience is my real name. 

At birth I was given the name Patience Elizabeth Meurer. Then I married and took my husbands last name which is why I am known as Patience Bleskan.

I know it seems too perfect. A parenting coach and infant sleep expert named Patience. All I can say is, it was meant to be. Working with families and uplifting the world of the child is the only work I have ever wanted to do.

 
 

I'm a Mother

As the mother of 4, I support families with both the personal and professional perspective. I've had my own experiences with postpartum depression, loss of community and balancing a career with raising a family. These experiences, and my passion for helping others understand children, is what drives my work. 

PS: I'm not a perfect parent. But I do have pretty amazing kids.

 
 

I Build Community

America is one of hardest places to be a parent. Our social structure doesn't provide support for families. I'm called to create a community where families are supported.

In 2003 I started my company Patience Parenting Services, LLC. I taught in many different places through out the state. I now have clients all over the world. (Thank you Internet!)

In 2014, a dream came true. I was able to open The Family Room. A community center where I run groups and classes. I am also able to invite many other amazing practitioners who serve families into the space.

 
 

Growing up

As a toddler I walked around nursing my baby dolls.  In high school my final term paper discussed how parents can teach children to make good choices.

I am the 5th child of 8 biological siblings. I am also lucky enough to have added a couple of step-sisters to the group. That makes 10 of us. 

At 6 years old I taught myself how to do laundry. I was tired of waiting. 

 
 

My Biggest Influences

I've spent the majority of my life learning to understand how children learn. Specifically how adults, teachers and parents, affect who children become.

The Reggio Philosophy of Early Childhood Education had a big impact on my professional life. The schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy have become the benchmark for high quality education for young children. I have attended numerous conferences on the Reggio Approach and was able to study directly with Carla Rinaldi, the CEO of Reggio Children, in 2002.

 
 

Giving Back

One of the biggest expenses for many charities that serve families with young children is diapers. The needs for diapers in low income and refugee families is huge. One major way to reduce this need is get the children out of diapers. 

I am beginning a partnership with Catholic Charities. They have 12 houses around Colorado that serve the needs of families. I will be teaching potty training classes in these houses to support families in potty training their young children. This will reduce the need for diapers and allow the families and charities to put their limited resources to use in other ways.

 
 

 Education and Training

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, 2004 Emphasis: Early Childhood

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, 2002 Emphasis:  Childhood Development & Learning

CAPPA Certified Postpartum Doula 

Experience

8 years of Preschool Teaching

15 years as a Parenting Consultant and Educator

9 years as a Birth and Postpartum Doula