Holly Tiret


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Office: 616-632-7893
Fax: 616-632-7899
775 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids , MI 49503
MSU Extension, District 7



Holly Tiret has over 35 years’ experience working with children and families. She has been a Family and Consumer Sciences Educator with Michigan State University Extension for the past 15 years.  Her focus is on helping families and children become socially and emotionally healthy so they can lead satisfying and productive lives. She works to make connections with medical professionals, human health scientists and MSU Extension. She is located in Western Michigan. She has a BA in Child Development from San Francisco State University and an MA in Education from Central Michigan University. Holly has been teaching and practicing mindfulness for the past 3 years.

List of classes:

  • RELAX: Alternatives to Anger Series and RELAX for Parents & Caregivers Workshop
  • Stress Less with Mindfulness Series and Stress Less for Parents & Caregivers Workshop
  • Together We Can Co-Parenting Series
  • Nurturing Parenting Series and Workshops
  • Building Strong Adolescents Parenting Series and Workshops
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers Series (for any adult taking care of a loved one or a parent taking care of a special needs child)
  • Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Series

Holly was trained in mindfulness by Jane Riffe and Becky Smith from West Virginia Extension. Holly has taken Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness and attended a two-day workshop on Mindful Self Compassion with authors Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Holly and her work team at MSU Extension are mentored by an MSU Nursing Professor Dr. Roxane Chan who meets with the group once a month for mindfulness meditation Zoom meetings.



  • Use “time out” effectively

    May 21, 2012 | Parents often turn to time out as their “go to” punishment for misbehavior. Time out can be an effective positive discipline technique if used with some simple guidelines.

  • Writing about values can improve your life

    May 21, 2012 | A fifteen minute writing exercise on values may help improve academic success, reduce stress and increase prosocial behavior.

  • How to listen so teens will talk

    May 6, 2012 | Getting teens involved in conversations is an art. Follow some simple guidelines to find ways to make talking more enjoyable and rewarding for both parties.

  • Building better family connections

    April 10, 2012 | Try these fun and easy ways to connect with your kids.

  • Parenting styles and teens

    March 23, 2012 | Teen brain development makes risk taking and impulsive behavior common territory. Parents can help by adapting their parenting style.

  • Do video games help or harm children?

    February 22, 2012 | Studies show both positive and negative impacts of gaming on kids.

  • Parenting teens: Tips for building a hopeful future

    February 20, 2012 | Helping your teen find their spark can put them on the path to a hopeful future.

  • Rules for fair fighting

    February 17, 2012 | Avoid having arguments turn into heated discussions with understanding and agreement on some basic guidelines, or rules for fair fighting.

  • Helping siblings get along

    February 17, 2012 | A certain amount of arguing and fighting between brothers and sisters is normal; however there are things parents can do to help their children learn to get along.

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