Welcome to Starfish Parenting!

However you found us, I’m glad you did. 

The hardest job in the world is being a parent…and yet there is bare minimum in training for on how to be the best parent they can be.  We’re expected to know what to do, so it can feel vulnerable to put yourself forward and say “I need help.”  

That’s what I’m here for!  I provide parenting advice/coaching, workshops, and materials that are relatable, practical, and easy to implement.  

My name is Mike Wallach, and I’m a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 13 years of experience working with children.  I have two young children of my own, and another one on the way.   I want to share with you my simple secrets of building a positive relationship with children.  

Once you start to make these simple adjustments to your interactions and reactions to your child’s behavior you’ll begin to see how powerful these basic concepts can be.  

Our Mission

We believe that every parent has the potential to grow in their skills and approach to parenting.  At Starfish Parenting, we think every child deserves individualized attention in order to achieve their maximum level of independence and potential.

Through our services we will work to reduce challenging behaviors, increase appropriate behaviors, and skills important to their daily life.  Overall, our goal is to use Applied Behavior Analysis and behavior strategies to set up an environment where your family can be comfortable, happier, and successful.

Our Inspiration/Parable

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

— Adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren C. Eiseley