Welcome to Playbies
Parenting Support and
Community

The Mission

Playbies supports parents and caregivers of babies from birth to two, providing science informed tools, references, and information you need to make parenting decisions that are right for you and your family.

Becoming a parent is the fastest, craziest, most total transformation in human experience.

It’s supposed to be blissful, but it is also often disorienting, exhausting and full of worries.

Playbies offers evidence and experience based tools to support your success as a new parent or grandparent, allowing you to enjoy the process, and your child’s development-packed first two years of life.

Come find YOUR joy in parenting!

Shira Coleman
Founder

Shira is a mother of two with a passion for supporting parents and caregivers of infants.

She is a Positive Discipline Parent Educator and an Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities Trainer.

As the daughter of an early childhood educator, a linguist and a teacher, she felt truly prepared to become a parent. The reality of moving from a fast paced position in the professional world to the rocking chair in the living room was an unexpected challenge. After years of gathering resources to support her own transition to parenting, she is excited beyond belief to offer the games and tools of Playbies to you! She struggled with the isolation and slow pace of infancy, and all the worries that ride along with. Her promise to you is that you can find joy in early parenting with the tools of Playbies.

Michael Holden Klingler
Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant

Michael is a Certified Infant and Child Sleep Consultant. He holds Certifications in Infant and Young Child Sleep through Happiest Baby on the Block and Baby Sleep Consultant, ltd., a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, a Bachelors of Arts in Religion. He has also worked with men’s interpersonal depth workshops where he learned the importance of listening to and honoring the experience of others. As a Sleep Consultant, he incorporates his experience as a teacher and in men’s depth work into his practice of helping families develop supportive practices around their children’s sleep.

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Michael is married and has two young children. He enjoys listening to families, providing education on how sleep works, helping them create solutions for their children’s sleep that are a good fit for the individual family, and coaching them through the changes. His desire is to set parents up for a good start with sleep and, should any difficulties arise along the way, offer support in getting sleep back on track.

 

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Wilma Gold
Child Development and Early Education

Wilma Gold holds a BA in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College and an MSW from Yeshiva University. She has over 30 years of experience in childcare and early education settings, including parent participation preschool, faith based, private, corporate and state funded programs. She is also, former Director of Childcare and Early Education Services for the University of California Santa Cruz and Current Adjunct Professor at Pacific Oaks College.

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Wilma has served as president of the Peninsula Association for the Education of Young Children and as a member of the California State AEYC board of directors. She chaired the Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council. She is a long time member of Educators for Peaceful Classrooms and Communities Inc. and a regular presenter of workshops including national and state early childhood conferences, the University of Wyoming Early Childhood Education Institute and staff and parent trainings throughout California. In addition to her early childhood work, Wilma is active in local social justice organizations and is a dedicated grandmother of two.

 

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Nora Yarena

Nora Yarena
Postpartum Doula, Family Life Educator

Nora is a Certified Family Life Educator as well as a trained birth and postpartum doula. Her degree from Fresno State University is in Family Sciences. Her field specialty is ‘womb to tomb’ applying the scientific method to studying families from conception to death. Her special interests include working with families in recovery and in at risk communities, supporting parents postpartum and infant sleep and core attachment (attachment between primary caregivers and children.)

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She is a mother of 5 with one on the way. Her hope is that her contribution to Playbies will bring confidence to new parents and help them to find the joy in parenting, and that their children will feel loved through play.

 

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Dr. Sésha Zinn
Clinical Psychologist and Research Psychologist

Dr. Zinn is a researcher in Attachment Theory and Attachment-based Psychotherapy. She currently serves Butte County, CA’s Behavioral Health Department providing data analytics to improve system function, client outcomes, clinical decision making and program operations.

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Dr. Zinn is a mother of 3 beautiful children. She and her husband are dedicated foster parents. They believe in living a life dedicated to leaving the world better than they found it by influencing and advocating for families and children. Dr. Zinn devotes time and energy to studying how our relational dynamics influence our overall wellbeing, formation of new relationships as well as the continuation of fulfilling lifelong relationships. This work is the foundation for successful family lives, bonding and community development. Dr. Zinn holds a PSY.D. Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College; an M.A. in Psychological Science from California State University Chico; and a B.A. in Musical Theatre from California State University Chico.

 

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Kimberly Thomas
Human Development Student, Intern

Kimberly currently attends Pacific Oaks College obtaining her Master of Arts in Human Development. She holds a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University and has worked in childcare programs with children from infancy-5 years for 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently a preschool teacher for the Campbell Union School District. We are happy to have her interning with Playbies!

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