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None of us is born knowing how to parent, especially in today’s world. 

Sure, we know how to keep our kids safe and how to feed, house and clothe them. But we don’t instinctively know how to handle a temper tantrum, issues about sleeping through the night and naps, what to do if she’s struggling to make friends or what is and is not normal for each age and stage of childhood.


Deborah Fry is certified by The Gentle Sleep Coaching Program, currently the most extensive and professional sleep certification program available. The program involves over 50 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C who has been helping tired parents for over 16 years.


Deborah teaches courses and has developed resources to help you understand children and work as parents to create close, harmonious and loving families.



Deborah Fry, PhD

Deborah Fry, Ph.D. is an enthusiastic speaker and educator who has been leading workshops and seminars, doing television interviews, working with individuals, parents, families, couples, churches, schools, conferences, conventions, clubs and corporations since 1990. Her talks and seminars are informative and her style is dynamic. Deborah uses stories, group exercises and humor to assist people in improving the relationships in their lives. Deborah has over 25 topics she presents on parenting, pediatric sleep coaching, family wellness and personal development, including topics for adults on conflict resolution, teamwork, encouragement, etc. Information can be tailored specifically for a group’s needs.


Deborah is certified and trained as a Gentle Sleep Coach by Kim West, “The Sleep Lady”. Additionally she is a certified instructor of the IAcademy for Parenting Education and Coaching/International Network for Children and Families, much of her training is based on the work of Dr. Rudolph Dreikurs.

Deborah’s graduate work at Southern Illinois University was in Child Language Acquisition and Human Communication. Her undergraduate work was in Elementary Education. After enjoying a ten year career as a Sales Executive for Xerox Corporation, Deborah is currently the Child Development Coordinator at Westminster Weekday School, as well as a business owner offering workshops, pediatric sleep and parent coaching as well and the parenting course; Redirecting Children’s Behavior for parents of children under 10. 


Additionally, her professional services include offering private consultation on parenting and family communication, private pediatric sleep consultations and conducting classroom workshops for either parents or teachers. 


Coaching Sessions
in Private or in a Group


Private Coaching

Coaching is available on an as-needed basis or on a regular schedule. Coaching can be done over the phone or via Zoom. Most coaching sessions are one hour in length but can be one and one-half hours. Coaching sessions are billed by the hour.


The course is held for two hours over four weeks. Participants practice hands-on techniques through role-playing and group interaction. Every week each participant takes home assignments to practice the new techniques.

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