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What happens when two parent coaches, one a Christian and the other an agnostic Jew, sit down to talk about parenting?

They take their listeners from surviving to thriving!



Our podcast is titled “Raising Adults,” arising from the fact that we’ve often been frustrated by the phrase “raising children.” Instead, we hope to raise fully functioning, healthy, responsible, character-filled adults. You’ll notice our revolutionary philosophy – Future Focused Parenting - takes center stage on the podcast, as we chat about relevant parenting issues with an eye toward the adults we want our children to become. Our podcast listeners will also hear us open every episode with our own personal “why” for the topic we’re discussing.

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Our two widely differing backgrounds add a unique element to the podcast. While Kira defines herself as a liberal agnostic Jew, Deana is a Christian and leans toward the conservative side. This dynamic creates a distinct feel, allowing our listeners to explore varying ways to approach parenting topics. And you might be surprised to find we have more in common than you think! Listen to any of the episodes to find out for yourself…enjoy, and best of luck raising your adults!


Kira Dorrian has been working with expectant and new parents as a childbirth educator and parent coach for over a decade and specializes in preparing couples for their transition into parenthood, navigating the transition itself, and helping them raise emotionally intelligent children.  Kira has been a mental health professional with a private practice for the past ten years and is passionate about the mental health and wellness of the whole family as a key to a positive parenting experience.  Kira is married to an amazing (and patient) man named David, and is the mother of beautiful boy/girl twins, Rhys and Rhiannon.

Deana Thayer has been a childbirth educator and birth doula for 16 years and also specializes in sleep consulting, parent coaching and blended family support. Deana sees parenting as the most important task she’ll ever undertake and enjoys helping families prepare for and successfully execute their own parenting journey. She believes strongly in being proactive and preventative rather than reactive and diagnostic in all aspects of parenthood. Deana is part of a fantastic blended family with her husband Scott and their five teenagers, Zach, Blake, Shea, Cienna and Marc.

Deana and Kira met nearly a decade ago in a professional capacity as childbirth educators. Since that time, they have co-created All Things Birth & Baby, a comprehensive online directory for pregnancy, birth and early parenting. Their work has been seen throughout the Puget Sound area of Washington state as well as featured in local media.

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