We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy Snyder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Hey there, I’m Wendy. I host The Fresh Start Family Show, a feel good, helpful podcast for busy parents all about relationships & raising kids with integrity. I’m a relentless encourager & advocate for families and I create online programs through my company Fresh Start Family that helps parents take a break from hand me down, outdated parenting tactics by expanding their positive parenting toolkit, so they can create family legacies & memories they are proud of. I believe parenthood is a marathon, not a sprint and that it takes a village to raise good humans. Parenthood is much too precious of a journey to spend struggling every day. I’m here to help parents find more peace, more joy & more success in their daily parenting walk! What’s the WHY behind Fresh Start Family? This pretty much sums it up: After experiencing both traumatic AND compassionate discipline situations with my strong willed toddler daughter, I created Fresh Start Family, so I could help busy, stressed parents expand their parenting toolkit, so they could end painful generational cycles & create family legacies and memories they are proud of!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I like to think that who I am, how I teach & what we do here at Fresh Start Family is really unique … here’s a few reasons why: >>> I’m insanely passionate about helping parents thrive (teaching positive parenting is my serious jam!): I absolutely love helping families who struggle to find peace, joy, connection and ease in their days with their kids. Parents who are honest about the fact that having kids and knowing what to do with them is the hardest job they’ve ever faced in their life!
I’m obsessed with serving families who desperately want to feel confident in their parenting approach and are totally over the guilt that comes at night after “losing their cool 15 times a day” (oh have I been there before!) is a true passion of mine! >>> I empower parents boldly & effectively: My goals are to make it easier for families to get solid, positive, effective parenting education and stay consistent in growing WITH our kids along each stage of the journey. Families who work with me expand their parenting toolkit & face each day with an empowered & creative mindset. >>> My training & credentials empower me to serve parents with all my heart : I’m a certified parent educator registered with the International Network for Children and Families, as well as a certified family life coach, registered with Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching.
I’ve used the same positive parenting & personal development / self-growth tools I now teach – in my own life to overcome anxiety, strained relationships with my kids, stressed days and intense misbehaviors. >>> I’m relatable, open, honest & real: As a busy mom of two, I’ve used the exact curriculum I teach through Fresh Start Family to transform my life as a mom during the last decade of my life.
The concepts I teach now are ONLY ones that I’ve personally tried in my own home with my own children so I KNOW they are insanely effective. When I teach, I tell real life stories of my where I’ve messed up & gotten off track … and also share authentic examples of what it looks like to apply Firm & Kind Parenting strategies in real life with 2 very strong willed kids & a nutso busy lifestyle. >>> It’s an absolute honor to have helped families from around the globe get MASSIVE results in their homes with positive parenting: I’ve worked with clients with every kind of kiddo imaginable, from ALL over the world (My Bonfire membership program has members from over 10 countries!) and I’ve seen what works & what doesn’t. >>> I’m not JUST a parenting coach (and definitely not one of those teachers who will tell you everything you’re doing wrong & that you need to DO better & BE better), but I am ALSO a life coach, professional encourager, accountability consultant, podcast show host, online course creator, business owner & the kind of person who will always make you feel seen, heard & understood (I’ve had clients beg me to move in with them many times, offered to make bracelets that say “What would Wendy do” and even had a Mom from the Ukraine name her baby after me!”).
I’ve been working with families as a parenting educator since 2010 & I’ve literally taught positive parenting workshops, seminars & courses to thousands of families. I pinch myself daily that I get to “do this” for a living! >>> I try really hard to just be a KIND human no matter what. I deeply care about each & every family I work with and am committed to getting them results. I’m a momma to two young wild & wonderful munchkins + a business owner, best friend to my husband, ocean feign, lover of spicy margaritas, bulletproof coffee & dark chocolate and a giant fan of surfing and Jesus. I’ve created a “pinch me, is this really my reality” life where I get to help other families create the family of their dreams while also intentionally building my own dream family everyday. I spend my days feeling confident & powerful as a parent… while also being insanely close & connected to my kids – things I wish for every family across the planet!
—— When it comes to building Fresh Start Family over the last three years, what a journey it’s been! Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart, for sure! Coaching & supporting families has been the easy part. Learning how to build online courses, perfect digital marketing campaigns, master a gazillion tech platforms & manage email / social media communication with the masses has been quite the feat!
Thank goodness for google & my incredibly hard working staff who helps me solve every challenge that comes my way as a business owner & movement leader! Along the way, I’ve learned that mistakes are simply opportunities to learn & that when a door closes, it’s always for good reason. I’ve also developed incredible grit & resilience to keep moving forward to chase my dream, no matter what! I’d love the world to know that every day is an opportunity to start fresh & parent YOUR way. It’s ok to learn a new way, say “no thanks” to hand me down parenting tactics & BE the change you wish to see in your family. It ALL starts with you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My idea of a perfect Saturday include: An early morning trip to coffee coffee in Leucadia for an oat milk latte & almond cake … followed by a surf (or body surf if the waves are small) at Beacons. The afternoon would include relaxing at home with my kiddos (ages 10 & 13), maybe a nap if I”m lucky, then a cold kombucha & some cornhole with neighbors and my best friend (husband of 20 years – Terry Snyder)! Dinner might include takeout from fish 101 or In n Out if my kids beg me hard enough : )
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Your Infinite Life Training & Coaching Company Susie Walton – The Joy of Parenting The Rock Church – Pastor Miles Mcphereson
Other: podcast https://freshstartfamilyonline.com/show/