Raise kids who become awesome adults



When tantrums, sibling rivalry and bedtime battles brought me to my knees I set out to debunk how to: 

  • Disarm power struggles 

  • Stay loving even when setting firm boundaries
  • Inspire kids to take responsibility, have empathy, problem-solve
  • Lighten up, stop lecturing, feel close as a family

I found that Positive Discipline helped me deepen my connection to my kids and feel confident about my parenting choices.

That's what I want for you. 


Leading with Love Parenting workshops boil down Positive Discipline and current brain science into simple strategies that solve our most dreaded parenting challenges. 


Kai Kunkel is a mom of two, certified Positive Discipline parent educator, social emotional literacy trainer of teachers at Seattle Public Schools and works in special education with students who struggle to build behavioral, social-emotional and academic skills.

Kai's prior work with children includes owning and operating a home childcare center, multi-family nannying, and extensive experience in sexuality education with Planned Parenthood. Kai's prior work with adults includes WA state childcare staff training, sexual health classes for adults, and Planned Parenthood clinical and educational staff training.  

At the heart of Kai's work is a drive to teach kids to have the courage to follow their curiosity and show the world their inherent compassion, a hope that all children know deep down that someone's got their back, and a mission to give parents the support and tools required to be that someone for their kids. 




Kai is a skilled facilitator. She brought together 12 mamas and created a space for people to feel comfortable and vulnerable. Excellent training!
— Robin Holmstrom
It’s helpful to learn theory and research along with shared stories and strategies from other moms in the trenches.
— Molly Powell
It is a gift to yourself to take time to think about your parenting.
— Bree Mitchell


Free Parent Talk

Taming Tantrums: Emotional Regulation
Sponsored by the Green Lake Elementary PTA

When: Tuesday, January 16th 7:30-8:30 pm
Where: GLES Cafeteria 2400 N. 65th St. Seattle, WA 98103 
Who: Seattle parents of toddlers to tweens
What: Practical strategies rooted in Positive Discipline, Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence's RULER curriculum, and current brain science. Led by Kai Kunkel and Monica Schneider, Green Lake Elementary School Counselor 

Connect with other parents who understand your frustration when kids screech and pout. Learn how to quiet kids quicker and (believe it or not) transform a tantrum into a powerful chance to build kids' brains and teach them to regulate themselves.

You'll leave this welcoming presentation with a long list of simple strategies including the RULER tools - Mood Meter, Meta Moment and Blueprint, used at Green Lake Elementary so you can align your home with school and boost your child's emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills. 

Imagine you and your little one going from overwhelmed to centered. That's our goal.