Mindfulness Educator and Author of The “Perfect” Parent, Founder/CEO of Tools of Growth
Roma Khetarpal is a Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is a member of IMTA (International Mindfulness Teachers Association).
Roma is the author of The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids and the founder/ CEO of Tools of Growth, through which she helps parents raise kids to “Be Happy, Think Positive, and Do Good.” The book is the recipient of the Silver Nautilus Book Award, the National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Gold Award, as well as the Parents’ Choice Award and the Mom’s Choice Gold Award. Roma is a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and is a frequent contributor to parenting and other blogs.
Through her book, parenting classes, community outreach, educational workshops, and the TOG blog, Roma provides parents and other caregivers with simple, easy-to-remember, and effective communication tools that help them build a strong foundation and relationship with their children. By synthesizing the themes and concepts of the personal growth and emotional intelligence fields, along with cutting-edge research, Khetarpal delivers her message in an accessible, reassuring, and empowering way.
Khetarpal is also the originator of a groundbreaking school program – The Mindful Play Leaders’ Program – for school classified staff, teachers, and junior lifeguard instructors. Growing fast and in high demand, this program, which grew out of her book, has currently impacted over 40,000 children both in the public and private sector.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation, an organization providing support, programs and leadership for K-12 public school education. Khetarpal also serves on the Board of Directors at AM-Touch Dental, where she previously served for 20 years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and where she currently teaches employee relations classes. She is also working on a line of children’s products that will promote self-understanding and emotional intelligence. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Harry. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Nitasha and Navin.
Dr. Julie Watson
Dr. Julie Watson is the co-founder of Tools of Growth. Her creativity and extensive background in developmental psychology brings tremendous value to the TOG tools and tips for parents as well as the line of children’s products that are currently in development.
With a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Julie has conducted research both in the U.S. and internationally in a variety of areas involving children (particularly preschoolers), including television, computers, Internet, and consumer products.
Before her work with Tools of Growth, Julie helped to develop and grow Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney brand testing individual television programs and contributing to the channel’s Whole Child Curriculum.
Julie has worked as an independent research and brand strategy consultant since 2001 for clients that in addition to Disney, include HIT Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, and Scholastic. She is currently working at Kidaptive, an innovative education and technology company dedicated to smart storytelling on iPads. As part of the Learning Team, Julie helps develop and implement curriculum in order to create entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn.
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