Having a decade of experience connecting with families in schools, hospitals and non-profit organizations, Aparna Venkataraman is a parent coach, meditation teacher, motivational speaker and global wellness advocate for DoTerra Essential Oils. With her approachable nature, strong intuition and problem-solving skills, she guides parents of babies, toddlers and teens to empower themselves and build healthy relationships with one another through effective communication, confidence-building and lighthearted mindfulness techniques. She values authenticity, a kind nature, motivation, love, compassion, gratitude and humor as key components of a beautiful life.
About beauty in parenting
I live this life as a compassionate and empathic person who truly understands what other human beings are going through. After years of working with families as an educator, I am here to say this: I get it. I completely understand the feeling that comes with how much there is to juggle daily. I know that on days when children don’t even know what to say to you, you feel as though you have failed as a parent.
For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than looking a parent in the eye and letting them know that they are doing an amazing job at wholeheartedly taking care of another human being.
I also know that, as a human being, YOU have needs. You want to wake up each day feeling very satisfied down to your core that you are taking care of yourself and are feeling AMAZING.
I’m here to remind, guide and show you that every single day that you wake up as a human being, go into parenting mode and go to bed again as a human being, you are seriously amazing and inspirational to me.
All of the years I spent studying Psychology and Social Work really tuned me in to the complexity of the mind--and yet, I know how simple it is to get so caught up in the doing of everything instead of the feeling. Dr. Brene Brown, a well-known scholar on human interaction and parenting, discusses in her book, Daring Greatly, how important it is as a parent to be in tune with yourself so that you can also be in tune with your child. This, in turn, creates great role modeling for both the parent and child.
My training in meditation and mindfulness at Spirit Junkie Masterclass with Gabrielle Bernstein in New York City has personally shown me just how important it is to stay calm and in the present moment throughout the day—especially when things get rough. I believe that we all (especially children) have the capability to calm ourselves down, use our own coping mechanisms and take care of ourselves.
My hope is for you to realize that the beauty of parenting is all about presence: in yourself and when spending time with others. With intention, focus, and letting go, it is these beliefs and mindsets that will re-frame the way you look at parenting.
Perhaps synchronistically (after being a very premature baby), I have always been incredibly-drawn to work in children’s hospitals, non-profit organizations and schools out of my nurturing nature. After watching children thrive through experiences of cancer, abuse, neglect, and some not-so-great days, I realized that children are so powerful in what they have to offer to this world. They are so present and have such conviction that I believe that their rights and needs deserve to be honored.
I absolutely love helping children to empower themselves and work with both men and women who are ready to transform their own lives (on a personal level and as a parent) for the better.
I am confident that with me there to help take care of you and your family, you will be able to embrace life and the beauty of taking care of yourself and others in a valuable, meaningful way.
Much love and gratitude,
Member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Member of Building Connected Communities/Revolutionizing Life (Conscious Parenting)
Member of Parent Teens (Teen Empowerment)
MicroMasters Program Credential in Social Work from University of Michigan and edX
Bachelor's in Psychology (B.A.) from Oberlin College
Teacher of infants and toddlers (1-3 year-olds) in child care centers with culturally diverse families
Experience at numerous non-profit organizations (United Way, Boys & Girls Club, child advocacy center, etc.) with children who have been abused, neglected, have special needs and also families in poverty
Experience at multiple children's hospitals with children in intensive care, neonatal and cancer units
Mental Health Advocacy: Teacher to university students healing and in recovery on confidence-building, essential oils, mindfulness and the power of journaling and self-expression at West Virginia University’s Serenity Place (Collegiate Recovery Program) and departments of Social Work, Public Health, Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation)
Business & Mindset Training: ILLUMINATE Your Purpose with Shannon Algeo
Mindfulness & Meditation Training: Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 1 with Gabrielle Bernstein