Carmel nonprofit The Successful Family launches teen parenting roundtables


By Desiree Williams

The Successful Family, a Carmel-based nonprofit, introduced its first program series this month. Jim White created The Successful Family in 2016 to serve as an educational and coaching resource for families going through difficult times.

White (Photo by Sara Baldwin)

White found success with individual coaching sessions, but he wanted families to be involved in a continuous coaching process for the best results. The roundtable series is a monthly meeting designed for parents with teenagers and facilitated by White.

Parents will review lessons in parenting books and determine how those strategies can be applied to their family. He said he chose to focus on the teenage group first because he sees a large need there, especially in the school-social aspect.

“My intention is to be ongoing and be able to dive into specific circumstances that people may be dealing with,” White said.

Each meeting lasts one hour and can hold up to four family units (both parents do not have to be present). White has three recurring roundtables scheduled in Carmel. They are:

• The first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at McAlister’s Deli, 2355 E. 116th St.

• The second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at SoHo, 620 S. Range Line Rd.

• The third Wednesday of the month at 6 a.m. at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 2350 E. 116th St.

White also created an online community for his clients called the Orange Parenting Community, based on his analogy of an orange.

“The idea being that if we want to always respond from a loving perspective, we have to make sure we have love inside of us to start with,” he said. “If it’s not inside of us, when we get the squeeze (from life), other things will come out, whether it’s frustration, anger or disappointment.”

For more on roundtables, visit For more on The Successful Family, visit

Jim and his wife, Anne, have been married for 35 years. They have six children and seven grandchildren.

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