Parent Testimonials


Sydney, through Parenting on Purpose, has been an incredible resource, knowledge base, and parenting guide for us.  During times of smooth sailing, it’s easy to be a parent.  When times get rough, and we’ve exhausted our own ideas and reserves, Sydney is there to calm, reorient, and reinforce.  She has a wonderful ability to see the real issues at hand and gives parents real life tools to make a change in family behavior.  She is also a great source of comfort to parents who struggle to do their best, but sometimes feel at a loss as to what to do, or feel that they have done something wrong.  She seems to truly understand the motivations and needs of both children and adults, and has a way with children that is disarming and respectfully firm.  She has years worth of experience to lend a helpful hand or give a piece of well thought out advice, always given with kindness and honesty.  She gives much needed fresh perspective to a given situation and concrete ways to help yourself, and your child out of a routine that is not working.  We learned that the parent/child relationship is a dance, and that we can change the tune of our partner by doing something different ourselves.  What an “ah ha” experience!  The Parenting on Purpose class is not just a class where parents listen and take notes.  We are active participants in what is being taught, we learn by doing in our own homes, and by sharing with the other parents in the class.  This process turned out to be one of the most helpful and enlightening parts of the course.  Thank you, Sydney!

D.B., mother of 2
MB, father of 2 and financial advisor

Hi Sydney-

I enjoyed both the class and you so much and had to share with you the progress we have made.

One of my main reasons for wanting to take the class was because I was feeling really disconnected from Matthew (age 6).  He rarely wanted hugs, kisses or snuggles from me and when he would tolerate them, they weren’t heart felt.   Fast forward to yesterday when I was going to the grocery store….Matthew said,” Wait mom…hugs and kisses, hugs and kisses, hugs and kisses!” and then showered me with both!  My heart was just singing all day and continues to do so.  This is just one example I know, but I wanted you to know that you made a difference in us and our family.

Thank you so very much Sydney!

LA, mother of 5

Thanks Sydney,

I really enjoyed class. You are such a natural at explaining these concepts. It is very freeing to not feel like I’m the judge, jury and executioner! My only regret is that I didn’t sign up for your class years ago. I’m so looking forward to the next class!

TD, mother of 2

Hi Sydney,

I hope this note finds you well a week after our class finale.  I can’t tell you how much the course affected me and my determination to change the history of parenting in my family starting with me, and the way my husband and I parent our children.  As a teacher, too, I am so sad that this wisdom is lacking in the classroom and in any course you take for a teaching credential and beyond. People do better when they feel better…how true!  Thanks again for a life-changing class!

TL, mother of 2 and elementary school teacher

Sydney Shepperd’s “Parenting on Purpose” sessions are “The New York Yankee Workshop” of parenting because she gives you the specific plans, techniques, and tools to create a remarkable relationship with your child.  Sydney’s techniques are not esoteric but instead are rooted in common sense and she personalizes them for you to help you more easily resolve and dissolve your specific situations.  Before Sydney, we thought there was something wrong with our child.  After Sydney, we now realize there was something wrong with our approach.  Sydney is a special, gifted artisan and her “Parenting on Purpose” sessions have changed our lives for the better.

SB, mother of 2 and elementary school teacher
CB, father of 2 and CFO

My husband and I first took Parenting on Purpose with Sydney when our son was just 3 years old.  I remember being at the class and feeling this great sense of relief.  I knew that we were in the right place and that Sydney would have an incredible impact on our lives.  Before having kids I worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer and as an investigator for Child Protective Services- but boy was I overwhelmed with raising my own two kids.  I highly recommend this course- my husband and I have also taken the refresher course for graduates of  “Parenting on Purpose” and loved it as well.  My kids and I also have seen Sydney for Brain Gym on and off for several years and although I don’t understand how it works I know it does and I will forever be grateful to her for all she has done for us. Sydney Shepperd is a gift from God.

KR, mother of 2 and homemaker

With great enthusiasm we recommend taking the class, ”Parenting on Purpose” taught by Sydney Shepperd.  This was truly the best parenting class we have ever attended.  Sydney gives strategies you can use immediately.  Our favorite part was that you learn to empower your children by disciplining with love and choices.  Sydney gives you concrete examples of common issues parents have with children in a safe interactive group setting.  In addition, she teaches with humor and grace.  We found both the examples and suggestions very practical and useful in our day to day life.  This is the one class you don’t want to miss!

TP, father of 2 and salesman
JP, mother of 2 and elementary school teacher

The “Parenting on Purpose” class has been very helpful and empowering to me both as a parent and in my work life.  I have noticed more awareness and understanding of the reactions that I have both toward my children and my spouse, and an increased ability to deal with situations positively.  As a working mother, I have a lot of stress in my life and I have learned techniques that are benefiting me on a daily basis.  I highly recommend this class and all of Sydney’s work to friends, colleagues, and the parents of the students that I work with.  It’s a very positive, practical parenting course that helps you foster more loving relationships with everyone in your family.

BH, mother of 2 and school counselor

I have noticed a total paradigm shift in how I react to challenging situations.  I have not lost my temper once since I began the “Parenting on Purpose” course.  My wife had to bribe me to come with her, but honestly, I don’t want the sessions to end.  This class is a must for every parent!

RO, father of 2 and sr. hardware engineer

We’re happy to personally & publically endorse you and the class. We want to let you know how much we enjoyed your Parenting on Purpose class.  Our good friends recommended your class, we took it, and are grateful.  The approach you teach and the tools you provide found immediate application with our two daughters and have really helped us create a better environment for discipline and harmony in our family. We specifically liked the role-playing as it created a real-life atmosphere very much like we were experiencing prior to your class. I would like to encourage others to consider your class much like they would with a golf lesson or an art class – to build skills with the intent of getting better!

CB, mother of 2
DB, father of 2