Ann Magalhaes | Parent Educator

Helping families thrive.


Becoming a parent is something that we so look forward to in life! Yet amidst the joy and excitement, we realize that we are not always prepared for the everyday challenges that we encounter. Effective, practical parenting skills provide parents with the tools to parent with greater calm, while fostering confidence, resilience and so much more in their children. Parents are left feeling able to positively influence family life in more focused and purposeful way.  



Ann has been a parent educator since 2008, starting off when her daughter was 5. She joined a parenting group after hearing rave reviews  from friends, and very quickly saw the positive impact that positive parenting skills were having within her family.  She saw the link between transforming family life and the work she had done in organizational transformation and wanted to learn more.  She trained with Melissa Hood of The Parent Practice and became part of their facilitation team in London and New York. 

Recently, Ann has partnered with Juliet Richards, Jenny Eastwood and Victoria Markou to launch The Parent Team, a group of experienced parent educators dedicated to helping families thrive. ​

"What I loved - and still love - about positive parenting is how it empowers parents with practical skills to parent in a more effective, empathetic and connected way. Now that I have a teenager, I am well-aware that the skills learned back in 2008 continue to help me positively manage the challenges that each stage of parenting brings my way."


Born in England, and raised in Canada, Ann now lives in Westchester, NY.  She studied Japanese Language and Literature and Spanish Studies at the University of Toronto.  Her work life began as an English teacher in Japan, followed by 6 years working for Mitsubishi Corporation in Toronto.  She earned her MBA from Canada’s Richard Ivey School of Business, which led to a move to London.   In July 2013, her family moved to New York where she has been teaching courses and workshops in Westchester & Fairfield Counties as well as in NYC.  

Ann loves learning languages and as she speaks Spanish, she teaches positive parenting skills to moms in the Hispanic community at 5 Steps to Five in Port Chester, NY and previously at Neighbors Link in Mt. Kisco, NY.  She is on the Board of 5 Steps to Five, and served as co-chair of Heard in Rye, currently serving on their committee.


Skills and Support that make a Positive Difference

The Parent Team work will help you to understand your child’s temperament, define your own family values and give you tools to raise your children according to what matters to you. The skills and strategies taught in our courses can be applied to suit any family, giving moms, dads and carers a united front from which to work, making life as a parent or carer both easier and more fulfilling.

Parenting skills courses are offered as a morning or evening class during school term time (with a break for school holidays) and are held online via a Zoom link. If you prefer something more personal, you can gather a group of friends and host a course in your home.

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When children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.

        - Alfie Kohn

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“Ann is a passionate, wise and inspired teacher. Taking her class helped me to become a better mother and a better person! The greatest testament to how effective and important the class was for my family, came from my 10 year old daughter who actually thanked Ann for helping me achieve a very noticeable and appreciated level of calm and control while dealing with her and my son. I find myself constantly referring to lessons learned in her class as I continue to meet the ever changing challenges of parenting. Ann’s class is a life-changer.”

Sonali, Mom of 2



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