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Carrie Contey, Ph.D.
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Carrie Contey, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting and family life. She guides, supports and inspires her clients to live with wide-open and courageous hearts so they can approach family life with skill and spaciousness.

Carrie received her doctorate in prenatal and perinatal psychology and is masterful at synthesizing and articulating the science, psychology and spirituality of humanhood. She is the creator of Evolve, a yearlong "personal growth through parenting" program. She is also the co-founder of the Slow Family Living movement and the co-author of CALMS A Guide To Soothing Your Baby. Carrie has appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show,” NPR, CBS radio and in many publications including Time, Parenting and The Boston Globe.

Carrie currently lives, works and plays in Austin, TX but spends as much time as she can traveling, speaking, creating things that make family life more wonderful and living her very own extraordinary life to the fullest! To learn more please visit

Entries by Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

The Tendril Theory

(8) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 3:40 PM

A dear mama in my Evolve program posted this insightful piece by Human Illustrations on our private Facebook page and I was thoroughly taken with it.

While this comic was not specifically drawn to only represent children, many parents in my community have connected to it....

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The Most Important Game You Can Play As a Parent

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:56 PM


I'll give you a hint...

The most important game you can play as a parent is not Monopoly or Battleship or Scrabble. (though those are fun, stimulating games that I totally kick butt at!)

No, the most important game for you to play...

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The Connected Parent Reset

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 4:13 PM

As a parent, you've got to face facts.

Certain things your children do can really push your buttons. Things you never expected to drive you crazy suddenly cause extreme discomfort and annoyance. And then you react, and that comes with a whole slew of emotions and behaviors.

And yet, the...

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Unhook Your Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Cash. Money.

I know I don't have to tell you that life is costly.

Especially during the holidays, when it feels like a pressure cooker of surmounting costs.

Which means this time of year can be tricky for families. There's so much to do and so much emphasis on...

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Present Moment Parenting in the 21st Century

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:00 PM

If you are, or will soon be, a parent, congratulations! You are on a wild and wonderful ride full of ups and downs, ins and outs and a whole lot of trial and error. Parenting has always been this way, and yet, we live in a time like never before....

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How to Foster the Emotional Health of Your Child

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 4:01 PM

In my newest series of talks, all about present moment parenting in the 21st Century, I consistently come back to the conversation around emotions.

What do human beings need from caregivers in the midst of emotional upsets? And what can caregivers provide that will lead to the development of a...

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11 Strategies to Strengthen Your Partnership in Early Family Life

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Partnership can be challenging at times and it jumps to a whole new level of intensity when you add one or more tiny humans to the mix. Parenting as partners, partnering as parents -- however you slice it -- takes time, energy, patience and care. And all these things can...

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A Letter to All the People Parenting Right Now

(3) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 10:47 AM

Dear Parents,

What you are doing is huge. 2014-06-27-1537667_10104062753850590_1910419327_o.jpg
It's important.

It's life and world-changing.

And, it's challenging. It's time-consuming (to say the least) and draining and emotional and messy and beautiful and miraculous and everything in between....

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How to Minimize Holiday Stress and Better Savor the Season

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 7:27 AM

The holidays are an exciting time but can bring with them a flurry of emotions. If you want to go from overwhelmed to overjoyed this season, here are five tips and how-tos to help savor the season. After all, 'tis the season... to make it your very own.


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Putting Technology in Its Place

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 2:39 PM

My teens are obsessed with their smartphones -- help!

How much TV is too much TV? I worry it's ruining my toddler's growing brain, but it's such a great way for me to get a break.

I love feeling connected to my friends and family through social media, but I'm...

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