Kathy Koch PhD | Founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc; Childhood Specialist, Helping Parents and Teachers Raise & Teach Children

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Kathy Koch PhD

Founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc; Childhood Specialist, Helping Parents and Teachers Raise & Teach Children

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Kathy Koch PhD

Kathy Koch, Ph.D. (pronounced "cook")

With a passion for being an influence and for helping build strong and healthy families, Dr. Kathy writes (6 books and counting) and speaks (a lot and often) on a wide range of topics that are both timeless and current. Her humorous and easy-to-learn-from speaking style, foundational wisdom, and practical and relevant details leave her audiences empowered with strategies to navigate the challenges of raising and teaching children. She warmly speaks to young people and their adults with compassion and understanding, never shying away from tough topics in our current culture. Her messages are always beautifully woven with Biblical truth and hope.

Kathy has become a wildly popular speaker offering keynote presentations for conventions and seminars for educators and students held at schools, and conferences; and programs for parents, schools, conventions, and youth and parent organizations.

With audiences ranging in age from 10 to 100, Kathy has a unique gift of engaging, entertaining, and teaching them all. She attributes much of her excellence to the three degrees she earned from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology. She taught second graders, coached middle schoolers, was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and finally a school board member before becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991.

Dr. Kathy founded Celebrate Kids, Inc., in 1991 and co-founded Ignite the Family in 2018. It is now the conference ministry of Celebrate Kids.

Kathy Koch PhD
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Featured Keynote Programs

Eaglelike Excellence (For Students)

If you mistakenly strive for perfection, it can be easy to be dissatisfied, overwhelmed, stressed, and depressed. Perfection may be social media’s false expectation, but it’s not God’s! As Dr. Kathy shares about eagles, you’ll realize you need eaglelike courage, energy, strength, hope, and vision to find freedom and to achieve your goals.

Five to Thrive
Meet Your Needs – Once and For All! (For Students)

The culture is upside down in several ways. You may confuse your wants with your needs and try to find satisfaction in things that are fleeting and won’t result in flourishing. Dr. Kathy understands why this may be the case and how dangerous this can be. She’ll refresh and challenge you with truth and a practical problem-solving approach to negative influences in your life.

Created To Be (For Students)

As Dr. Kathy shares her story, you’ll be able to see yours more clearly. Why were you created? Who are you and who are you becoming? You will be inspired by Chatty Kathy’s too-tall, spelling-is-challenging, low-voice reality and how it’s God’s perfect design for her. Her humor is disarming and the truths are undeniable. You are who you are supposed to be!

How Am I Smart and Why Does it Matter? (For Students)

Everyone has eight intelligences that can be awakened, strengthened, and used when learning anything. Everyone is smart! Dr. Kathy will explain each intelligence so you can determine which ones are strengths and how to learn with them. The question to ask is “How am I smart?” not “Am I smart?” Dr. Kathy will also make applications to spiritual growth, friendship, behavior, and careers. You will be encouraged about your present situation and your future.

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Featured Books

Five to Thriveby Kathy Koch PhD

Five to Thrive

by Kathy Koch PhD

Answering 5 Questions Can Change Your Life.

Who can I trust?
Who am I?
Who wants me?
Why am I alive?
What do I do well?

Every human has five core needs, and if you're going to thrive, these needs must be met in healthy ways--primarily through God. Learn what they are and how you can develop beliefs and skills so they're met and you become whole, content, and at peace. Start thriving as you use the ideas in this revised and updated edition of Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness.

With humor and vulnerability Dr. Kathy Koch gives you the tools to develop an authentic sense of self and a positive outlook on the future.Take the time to ask yourself these five questions, and discover the answers as you journey with Dr. Kathy toward hope and wholeness. You'll be glad you did--for the rest of your life.

No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids for Who They Areby Kathy Koch PhD

No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids for Who They Are

by Kathy Koch PhD
Provides parents with tools and strategies for releasing their children from unrealistic expectations and helping them realize their God-given potential.
8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligencesby Kathy Koch PhD

8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child's Intelligences

by Kathy Koch PhD
Offers advice to parents on affirming their children's intelligence, motivating them to learn and study, and redirecting their misbehavior.
Start With the Heart: How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Compassionate, Responsible, and Brave Even When You're Not Aroundby Kathy Koch PhD

Start With the Heart: How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Compassionate, Responsible, and Brave Even When You're Not Around

by Kathy Koch PhD

Parenting strategies you can be proud of

You know the feeling. You got frustrated, desperate, or overwhelmed and you reacted before you could think it through. Whether it’s a one-time thing or it becomes a habit, we all parent in ways we don’t like. But it doesn’t have to continue. Whether it’s bribery, yelling, counting to three, or threats of punishment you didn’t mean to make, reacting never feels good. But if you can learn to act with intentionality, you’ll feel better about your choices and be grateful for the results.

Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “cook”), author of Screens and Teens and 8 Great Smarts, will teach you proven strategies for training your child’s heart and parenting in a way that honors God. She’ll help you move your child from, “I can’t, I won’t," to “I can, I will, and I did.” We can do better than “Because I said so.” or “No screen time for 3 days.” We can do better than mere behavior modification. We can change our children’s hearts and teach them to do what is good, godly, and right even when we’re not around. Once you’ve learned to put these motivation strategies in place there’s no more need to nag, you’ll be astounded at what your kids will do without being asked. Dr. Kathy doesn’t offer a quick-fix. Starting with the heart is all about changing what children believe in order to change their behavior. And learning to use this kind of motivation takes effort, consistency, and strategy, but it works. And it’s never too late! If you’re willing to commit to a little hard work up front, you’ll enjoy your kids, your life, and yourself much more when you learn to start with the heart.

Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids in a Wireless Worldby Kathy Koch PhD

Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids in a Wireless World

by Kathy Koch PhD

Teens often look to their digital tools to make them happy, when you set boundaries or take them away they feel frustrated and incomplete. Unhealthy habits formed in this stage of life easily carry over into adulthood and addictions to technology make other addictions more likely.

Screens and Teens applauds the good aspects of the digital age, but also alerts parents to how technology contributes to self-centered character, negative behaviors, and beliefs that inhibit spiritual growth, prescribing manageable solutions regardless of the level of their teen's involvement. Unmasking the lies teenagers tend to believe, like "I must have choices," the book majors on truth, acknowledging that Truth alone brings contentment, freedom, and success.

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