About Lisa Corcoran

9 children, 6 siblings and 97 cousins may have had something to do with Lisa's desire to study parenting. A family this large can certainly become quite the personality cocktail! Everyone from Crazy Uncle Joe to Kooky Cousin Karen…some were rule followers, others always walked the line. Some were confident, others felt lost. Some responsible and some, well, not at all. Why? As a first-time parent, Lisa began to wonder what she could do to greater her chances of raising a responsible, confident child.

When her family grew to four children, Lisa took a parenting class based on Adlerian (Alfred Adler) theories. The six week course would prove to be the most humbling experience of Lisa's life.

Walking into the class, Lisa didn't expect to learn all that much. The oldest of seven, Lisa thought she knew a thing or two about children. Even becoming a mother herself she did not feel so unprepared. Sure, she made mistakes. Every mother does. But overall she knew what she had to do and how to do it.

So she thought.

With four children in tow, Lisa could get everyone up, fed, dressed, beds made, kitchen cleaned and lunches packed by 8:30 a.m. Little did she knew how much further she could go.

After the first parenting course, Lisa discovered the compromises she had been making for years as a parent may have been the very things that were causing tension and disruptions in her home. She learned that to raise loving, responsible, confident and happy children she would need to start with herself. Her own strengths and weaknesses were keeping her kids from their full potential.

So Lisa started taking more classes. She started applying the tools. And little by little, her home became a calmer place to be and her job as a mother didn't really feel like a job at all.

Lisa became such a believer in the lessons she learned that she decided to become a teacher of Adlerian Theory. It was changing her life and the lives of those she encountered – she felt so passionate that every family could benefit from these basic principles. After 18 years of learning and teaching, Lisa's marriage, children and own well-being are better for having received this information.

Lisa founded The Parents' Almanac to bring these life-changing tools to more families. By applying them, you will enjoy deeper harmony, peace and understanding in your home.