Dr. Leyba provides parenting workshops, retreats, seminars, and lunch and learns. She can speak to your parent group, day care, child care, preschool, book club, religious group, MOPS group, agency, or workplace on mindfulness, self-care, parenting, children, or relationships.

Dr. Leyba is also an approved Gottman Leader / “Bringing Baby Home” Program Educator and a Gottman Leader of the program “Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work.”

Scroll down to see feedback from recent workshops.

Couples Workshops

  • Bringing Baby Home program for pregnant / expecting couples (Gottman Institute Program)
  • Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work (Gottman Institute Program)
  • Great Habits of Connected Couples

Parenting Workshops

  • Creative Ways to Build Joyful Relationships With Young Children
  • Mindfulness Techniques for Family Life
  • How Mama Got Her Groove Back
  • Top Strategies to Let Go of Modern Parenting Guilt
  • Joyful Parenting

Topics for Staff Who Work With Children

  • Self-Care & Wellness for Providers Who Work With Young Children
  • Mindfulness Techniques to Keep You Centered While Working With Young Children
  • The Positive Classroom: 5 Ways to Build More Positivity into Your School or Center
  • Custom Workshop

Upcoming Events

Mindful Parent Network Group
Starts February, 2018

Creative Ways to Help Kids Comply and Cope With Tough Procedures
Child Life Specialist Conference
January 20, 2018
Orland Park, IL

The Connected Couple
Wheaton MOPS Group
February 13th at 9:30 a.m.
Wheaton, IL

Mindfulness Techniques for Family Life
Double Love Twins Group
February 28th at 7:30 p.m.
Sherman Hospital in Elgin

Everyday Habits to Build Joy and Connection With Young Children
Oak Park River Forest MOPS Group
March 16th at 9:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church


Feedback from Recent Workshops

“Amazing content and ideas”
“Great command of material and variety”
“Let’s book you again so you can talk longer”
“Great suggestions!”
“Loved it!”
“Amazing presentation, so insightful.”
“I liked hearing the research behind the recommendations.”
“It really hit home for me”
“Very knowledgeable, lots of good info”
“Great tips, ideas, and take-aways!”
“Personable and informative”
“I loved this topic”
 “Everything you suggested was really helpful”
“Really good tools that I know will impact my day to day”
“Great additions to my toolbox”
“Ideas to enjoy my kids more”
“This will help me build more quality time with my kids”
“I learned to notice good behavior more”
“Really fantastic – lots of take-aways and little things moms can actually use!”
“All great info”
“Great presentation”
“I liked hearing about small things that are manageable in day to day busy life but can make a HUGE impact”
“Great ideas to strengthen my marriage”
“Great examples and ideas”
“Great handouts”
“I enjoyed the presentation and could relate to many things that were discussed.”
“Love all the points about focusing on the good!”
“I really enjoyed your presentation!”
“I’m inspired to make more moments with my child”
“I learned how to be more present in the relationship with my child and to spend more quality time together”
“The speaker was open and knowledgable”
“Good ideas – helped me realize I’m not the only one dealing with these things.”
“Awesome! It opened my mind to new ideas”
“Fantastic presentation.”
“Good reminders to enjoy the small things.”
“Loved the handouts”
“I liked the interactive style of the presentation.”
“One of the best presentations we’ve had.”
“I’m eager to try some of the techniques I learned.”
“The speaker was very compassionate and insightful.”
“Easy to listen to.”
“It got me thinking a little differently. Wonderful presentation.”
“Clear and helpful examples.”
“You had lots of great, usable information that really can help in the class and personally.”
“Reinforced the idea that pausing, reflection, and gratitude are powerful, even transformative, tools.”
“Well done – can you come back?”
“Really enjoyed and appreciated the presentation.”
“This was a wonderful professional development to have at the beginning of the year as a great reminder.”
“The ‘trigger exercise’ was eye-opening and important!”
“This presentation made us aware of what we bring to the classroom.”
“I love the calm mood it put me in and an affirmation for ways we help kids self-regulate in our classroom.”
“Thank you – very clear presentation!”
“Great ideas!”
“It was awesome!”
“All the handouts have some good practical tips!”
“I loved all your stories that pertain to real life.”
“Thanks for a great presentation.”
“Great tips – especially about self-care. You provided a lot of great resources!”
“The conversation with the audience was a great amount.”
“I love your focus on self-love and compassion.”
“I learned more ways to stay grounded when I get upset.”
“Great presentation – very relatable!”
“Engaging themes.”
“I loved it!”

Past Events:

Building Joyful Relationships With Young Children
School for Little Children
January 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Evanston, IL

Author Event and Book Release
Barnes and Noble – Naperville, IL
May, 2017

Mindfulness Techniques for Family Life
Parent University – Neighborhood Parents Network
Chicago, IL (Wicker Park)
April 25, 2017

Parenting With Humor and Humility
Northwest Covenant MOPS

Mount Prospect, IL
February 15th, 2017

Mindfulness Techniques for Family Life
Brook Park PTA
LaGrange Park, IL
January, 2017

Parenting With Self-Compassion
Gary United Methodist Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Wheaton, IL
January, 2017

Great Habits of Connected Couples
Victories of the Heart: Day of Victories
Chicago, IL
November, 2016

20 Ways to Stay Connected After Having a Baby Together
Double Blessings Twins Group
Carol Stream, IL
October, 2016

Mindfulness Techniques for Early Educators
Professional Development Workshop for preschool teachers
School for Little Children
September, 2016

The Joy Fix for Parents
Heartwood Center for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Evanston, IL
April, 2016

Mindfulness Techniques for Parents of Children With Special Needs
RAiSE (Resource Association in Special Education)
La Grange, IL
April, 2016

Bonding With Young Children
Parenthesis teen moms group / single moms group
Oak Park, IL
April, 2016

20 Ways to Avoid Drifting Apart After Having Children
Gary United Methodist Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Wheaton, IL
February, 2015

Prioritizing Joy in Early Parenthood
Lombard La Leche League
Lombard, IL
January, 2016

Joyful Parenting
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Oak Lawn Chapter
Oak Lawn, IL
December, 2015

Mindfulness and Joy in the Workplace
Milestones4Kids Pediatric Therapy Clinic
Downers Grove, IL
Staff workshop
December, 2015

Joyful Parenting
Treehouse Pediatric Therapy
Woodridge, IL
November, 2015

How Mama Got Her Groove Back
Double Blessings Twins Group
Wheaton, IL
November, 2015

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