I’m much more confident and less anxious about my parenting.

(what you’ll be saying after I provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to foster your child’s emotional intelligence and build their resilience)

You’re smart, sharp, and driven and want to be the best parent you can be.

(who doesn’t, right?)

You’ve spent hours Googling ways to support your child’s emotional wellbeing.

Maybe your inner critic is making you question yourself, second guess everything you do and doubt you’re doing enough to equip your child with the skills they need to thrive.


You may have even attended one of those free webinars about “The 10 Ways to Raise Resilient Kids”.

But you still feel like you’re struggling with parenting and not as connected with your kids as you’d like to be.

You don’t want to echo the parenting of the past or pass on the baggage your parents gave you.


You’re looking for proactive, positive methods of parenting so you can raise your kids to be the best humans possible.


But you don’t have time to read all the cutting-edge research and parenting books (I know I had many sitting on my bedside table unread and making me feel guilty).

Hey, I hear you. If raising resilient, emotionally intelligent kids was easy children as young as four wouldn’t be being diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

The good news?

You’ve landed here with me—and when it comes to raising resilient, emotionally intelligent kids, I’ve got you covered.

Hi I’m Kari,

I work with parents just like you who want their kids to be emotionally healthy, happy and resilient. I also have a soft spot for early childhood educators who are shaping our future generations during their most critical years. I provide them with opportunities to learn new ideas and strategies, ask questions, share their challenges and try new things that foster emotional intelligence and resilience.

“Ask any parent what they want for their kids, and they’ll say something like happiness and success; but what they really mean is that they want their children to be resilient and able to cope with life’s ups and downs. Kari draws on the research and presents practical advice for how parents and educators can help their children foster and develop the crucial skills required for this and does it in a way that’s warm, relatable and easy to apply.”


Dr Tim Sharp, Australia’s very own Dr Happy

As Dr Sharp identified I have a unique talent. I translate cutting edge research into practical advice, strategies and tips that enable parents and educators to help children develop emotional resilience and positive mental health. This talent has been honed through my three decades of work as an educator and counsellor and qualifications including a M.Ed. Early Childhood Education and a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

Whether you’re a parent, carer or educator, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve created a variety of resources that you can access which will equip you with helpful information and evidence-based advice, in ways that best suit your individual needs.

They are designed so you can have me in your back pocket or bring me into your home to help you foster your child’s emotional intelligence and build their resilience.

Here you will find my free gifts for you, you can sign up to my newsletter, or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for regular strategies and tips.

Together we’ve got this – let’s do it.

Professional Biography

Here’s my bio, written in 3rd person – because that way, it doesn’t sound all arrogant.

Kari Sutton has been a parent educator, researcher and counsellor for over three decades and has won several awards for her work.

Graduating in the early 90’s she began her career working with children who had suffered significant abuse, undertaking research with colleagues about the effects this had on their social and emotional wellbeing and how this could be ameliorated.

Her work has been featured at The World Forum of Early Education and Care, The University of Wollongong, Early Childhood Australia conferences, on 4BC, Triple M, the ABC and 6PR and in the following publications Mindful Parenting, Northern Beaches Mums, The Babyvine, Teachers Matter and Kiddipedia.

Kari published Raising a Mentally Fit Generation in late 2020 and it debuted in the number 1 spot in children’s mental health on Amazon. She lives in Brisbane with her husband Andrew and their beagle Lily.

Because you’ve read this far here are 10 fun facts about me:

  • When I was a kid in the early 80’s, I learnt to walk on stilts and juggle and wanted to run away with the circus.
  • I spent my teenage years babysitting for family friends instead of going out and began building up my knowledge and skills in child care and development. The same skills I’ve put to use in my 30+ years of teaching and counselling – I got a very early start on my 10,000 expert making hours.
  • I paid my way through university by running children’s birthday parties and face painting.
  • I volunteered with Camp Quality, a support program for children with cancer and their families, for over 24 years and loved every minute of it (Many friends asked how I kept going and I explained that I gained far more from the children than I could ever give).
  • When Expo 88 was in Brisbane I was the Expo Mascot – Expo Oz. I was employed to dress up in a platypus costume modelled off Doanld Duck.
  • I adore children’s books – I love reading them to children as well as reading them myself – some of my favourites are Winnie the Pooh, Wind in the Willows, Harry Potter, The Hungry Caterpillar, Possum Magic, Koala Lou and of course The Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss.
  • I am embarrassingly obsessed with my beagle Lily.
  • I’ll always choose the beach over the snow every time
  • I lived in Japan for a year in the early 90’s, teaching kindergarten children who were very amused by my lack of dexterity with chopsticks (a skill I still haven’t been able to master as well as I would like).
  • I’ve read over 500 parenting, child development, psychology and self help books. The worst question you could ask me is “What’s your favourite book?”

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