Are we a good fit?
Sage Parents are wise and discerning women who are likely to co-sleep with their babies, breastfeed their toddlers, forgo spanking, time outs, and reward charts in favor of a hug and face-to-face conversation to meet the underlying need, homeschool their kids, and long for family travel, seeing themselves as natural parenting rebels with big hearts who need some trusted guidance to live the family life of their dreams.
If you’re ready to leave the mainstream advice of disconnection and dysfunction behind, step onto the natural parenting path, get the gentle parenting tools you need, and elevate your parenting to thrive as a family, then welcome home. If things like breastfeeding on-cue, in public, and full-term, co-sleeping and night nursing, compassionate communication with respectful collaboration and natural consequences, and interest-led and experiential learning sound like your jam, then you've found your guide.
If you are seeking to manipulate and control your children for the sake an outcome based on your and modern, mainstream societies convenience with tactics like cry-it-out, punishments, rewards, or milestone competition, then I'm not the guide for you.
In other words, are you a rad mama bear who is ready to get out from under all the crap to have the relationship and life of your dreams? Then you are a Sage Parent. Still unsure? Let's chat!
Are you qualified or are you another quack pseudo expert espousing uninformed bullshit?
This is a bullshit-free zone. While I believe that intuitive maternal heart is the keystone to parenting work, I have also dedicated my life to developing a deep and complex understanding of children and families. I began work in preschools that extended to running both private early childhood facilities and an infant public health program, then one-on-one child therapy, family therapy, and group therapy, in both private practice and school settings. Concurrently I studied for an A.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and Women's Studies, a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy where I specialized in early childhood, parenting, and attachment. I then went on to become a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM). I am a devourer of literature and research on all things parenting that I utilize to inform my work with the many hundreds of families I coach each year. My children are my greatest teachers, followed by my Sage Parenting families, but there is much foundation that lies beneath the surface. In fact, many of my clients are child psychologists, pediatricians, and professors. Basically, I'm legit.
What age range do you specialize in?
If you have a child or children birth to 12, then you are right in the Sage Parenting sweet spot.
Where are you?
I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California (Sage Papa is from Honolulu, Hawaii), which we called home while we nested with our babies. We recently leaped into a new season of adventures up in the Pacific Northwest. But part of the beauty of Sage Parenting Coaching is that you can get it from anywhere in the world! I have clients everywhere from Norway to Australia to Argentina to Canada to Israel and scattered all over the US.
Can we be friends?
Hell yes. Instagram is where I share our personal journey living, learning, and loving. If you want to witness and converse around all our gloriously perfect imperfection, follow me here. The Facebook page is where I share all the parenting gems that catch my eye here. Best of all, once you become a Sage Parent (read a book, take a class, or get some coaching), you get invited to join the Sage Parenting Tribe Facebook group here where all the good sisterhood bonding happens - like a never ending virtual bon fire with chocolate and wisdom.
What does this cost?
The good news is that walking the natural parenting path means not spending thousands of dollars on devices of disconnection spanning everything from a crib to a private school. This frees you to invest in what really matters for the long haul. What are harmonious relationships and a happy life worth? What would you spend on a monthly preschool bill? What would you spend for a nice dinner out or a vacation? A financial choice is a reflection of your priorities. Where do yours lie? Put your money where your heart is. Sage Parenting support ranges from $4.99 for an ebook to $499 for coaching.
Does this work?
So much YES. It's remarkable how some easy shifts can yield such tremendous results. But you don't have to take my word for it. Reviews from Sage Parents abound throughout the site.
"I believe that if every parent learned from Rachel Rainbolt, we would live in a happier, more peaceful, more respectful, and more playful world. How amazing would that be? Rachel is a guru for me in the parenting world. I met her when Zeke was 4 weeks old in an infant massage class and she talked about parenting and children in a way I'd never heard anyone speak about children before. I was moved and inspired. And while it all made so much sense, I was also shocked. Zeke will be 2 in just a few weeks and we've looked to Rachel and her tribe over and over and over for guidance. Parenting is about so much more than just the decisions we make for our children or the schedule we create. Rachel has supported me to look inward, think about my life, my motivations, and has continued to support me in challenging convention (just as I do with so many other areas of life) in parenting. If you haven't yet connected with her, you must! And one day, I will tell Zeke all about her, and I think he'll be thankful too! It's never "easy" doing things this way, but so much more meaningful and so worth it. Thank you Rachel for making me a better mom!"