Hi! I am Vanessa Vance, Founder of Parent Heroes. In real life, my son calls me “Mama Duck”. My family calls me “Vin”. But you can call me your “Parent Hero”!
I specialize in 2 milestones: sleep training and potty training. These topics make most parents cringe. I am here to tell you - you can do this! And, I will show you how. Parent Heroes will give you a clear plan, accountability, and be your biggest cheerleader throughout the process. You will sail through these moments with ease!
My philosophy is: one part science + one part love = one happy healthy family
The coaching is customized to YOUR family values. Parent Heroes will select the sleep training method that matches your child’s learning style (pick up/put down, timed checks, no checks, or chair method).
My goal is to strengthen your parental confidence through tackling Sleep Training like Superheroes! By the end of our time together, I want the team fist bumping and proud of what the family has accomplished. I believe that when we conquer milestones easily, that we will strengthen your partnership, increase your connection with your child, and get a little more of that precious free!
Is parent coaching right for you? Are you a busy parent? If yes, you can stop googling and trying to pay attention while reading those sleep training books! Give me a call. I will give you the answers and results you want!
A little bit more about me:
I am an expert in babies. I have over 18 years experience as a pediatric and newborn nurse in the NICU.
My passion for parent coaching was ignited after becoming a parent. I hit a few milestones roughly as a new parent. Sleep was of a tough one for me. I was sandwiched between my “expert”ness and my inexperience as a new parent. It was just so humbling. I could get any sick baby to sleep easily, but not my own. This fueled my interest in learning EVERYTHING I could about sleep training. After sleep training my son using the timed checks method, I spent much of my free time showing friends how to sleep train too.
I had so much parent confidence after “studying” for sleep training. I hoped that system would transfer over to potty training as well. Alas, it did not! I over studied the method. I was tense and my parental vibe was off. I was not teaching my child from who I was as a person. I was “acting” like the author. I signed up with an Oh Crap! Potty Training Consultant and corrected my approach right away. Needless to say, perfectionism and being uptight do not translate well to teaching toddlers potty training. Lesson learned!
A bit more about me:
I love breakfast tacos
I am addicted to caffeine but it makes me loopy and endlessly effective
I am introverted, on the edge of extroverted
I LOVE to wear flip flops
My new interest is Crossfit
I love modern art and design
In high school, I was co-captain of the cheerleading squad. I make a great cheerleader for your parent coaching!
About the process:
If there is one take home message to remember - It is just a milestone. You will make it through by teaching clearly and confidently. Like all milestones - it will take some time and consistency to get the results you want! And, it will be so worth it!
Will you come to my home?
I offer Virtual Coaching (phone or video call). As a practicing RN, I am unable to offer in-person consultation or coaching [legal reasons]. We can use technology to make it seem like I am in your living room. I am happy to view your child’s room via a video call. Virtual Coaching is a better financial value for most families, too!
Can you sleep train my children for me?
My role as a parent coach is to coach you the parents — then you coach your kiddo(s). Ever hear the old Chinese Proverb: “Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime”? This is my goal. I want to teach you clearly -one time- so you can maintain these AWESOME results. Besides, achieving sleep training success will increase your parental confidence; I don’t want to steal that experience from you. My favorite coaching quote is “You have always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself” Glinda, Good Witch, Wizard of Oz. And, that is just what I will do for you and your family — help you find the power & confidence within!
1999 University of Pennsylvania, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, BSN, RN
2004 University of Texas, Graduate Level Courses, no degree
2017 Family Sleep Institute, Certified Child Sleep Consultant
2017 Jamie Glowacki’s Potty Training Course, Certified Oh Crap! Potty Training Consultant
2017 Parent Heroes founded
Partners in Parenting - Volunteer Sleep Expert: Teaches newborn sleep to families
Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets: Respectful Sleep Training/Learning Facebook Group - Founding Administrator: Serves as sleep expert for multiples families.
Rising Tide Society/Tuesdays Together - Austin - Administrator for Online Approvals for the Tuesdays Together - Austin Facebook Group
The Bump.com: Serenity Now! How to Sleep Train Baby