My name is Karen Lock Kolp, and I help parents thrive while raising children. (Yes – even in the pandemic.)

I get to do something that I love every single day, connecting with parents, teaching and cheering as they build the kind of lives they love with their young children.


As a podcaster I get to speak with beloved authors, teachers, and other experts, providing advice for parents of young children.
Thousands of parents subscribe to my show, and I love hearing from listeners.


I also have the privilege of working closely with parents. I work with amazing people, moms and dads dreaming big and taking the action steps to achieve their dreams..


But it wasn’t always this way. Here is a story about me:

When our oldest, Max, was five weeks old,

there came a frightening Monday: his dad, Ben, kissed us both goodbye, got in the car, and went away to work.

For the whole day.

My mother-in-law had come and spent a week. My parents had come and spent a week.
Ben had gotten two weeks off, and then worked from home.

But all that ended today.

Now, it was just me. Just me, spending my first day here alone with this new being, who could not yet hold his head up and who had barely begun to smile.

I held him in my arms, waved goodbye to Ben, and wondered: what in heck were we going to do all day?

That’s when I learned the dirty secret of parenting:

Spending time with kids can be terrifying.

I would always wonder that same question, what’re we going to DO together?
And yet I would also feel terribly guilty, spending time away from Max to work, or exercise, or go on a date with his daddy.
Or even just take a breather for myself.

If you’re in that same spot, first of all let me offer you a huge hug!

I’ve spent decades…

  • Learning about kids and child development
  • Teaching in an outstanding early childhood setting
  • Coaching parents, helping them come through the tough stuff – the potty training, the sibling jealousy, the childcare dilemmas, the guilt, the self-doubt – and helping them bond with their young children
  • Raising my own kids (this is the one that’s taught me the most : )

Let’s put all that knowledge to work for you.

My coaching clients say that they love working with me because:
I don’t push them along a curriculum of my choosing.
Instead, I help them dream big!

I help them understand what their heart longs for, and then take the action steps to achieve their dreams.

We all have dreams.
What are you doing to make yours reality?

Go on the adventure of your life with me as your guide: write me, and let’s talk!
Write to me and let’s talk 🙂


Did you know?…
Temper tantrums are developmentally necessary.

Lots of parents hate tantrums (with good reason).
But as a child development expert I know a child’s temper tantrums are a critical key to their becoming a healthy adult.

Knowledge is power.
Download my free guide on how to handle every temper tantrum.
That way you’ll know exactly what to do for the next one – you know, later this afternoon, or early this evening, or both : )

Learn to (confidently) handle every temper tantrum


I am honored to be featured in the following places:

The #AmWriting Podcast with Jess and KJ, on what it’s like to overcome difficult circumstances and achieve your goals.

The Authentic Parenting Podcast with Anna Seewald, talking about how the events of our childhood shapes the rest of our lives

Boston Globe Magazine, on never quitting even in adverse conditions

Shannon Connery’s Fix Yourself Podcast, on how parents and children can thrive, even in difficult times (click “play” below to watch our conversation, or click here to listen at Shannon’s website.)


A documentary about me
My struggle with chronic illness – and how it’s helped strengthen the bonds I have with my family – is documented in this short film, Use Your Words; click here to check it out!