- Do you feel overwhelmed and alone as a parent?
- Are you tired of never having guilt free time for yourself?
- Have you run out of tools to manage your child’s behavior?
- Are you done being the bad guy with your kids?
Parenthood can feel strangely lonely at times. Today we know more about healthy child development, so we know how important it is that we are present and engaged with our children. Yet we also have more demands at work or our partners do, and they are not available to help. Maybe we are too far from our own family to get help or a self-care break or we face the scheduling and emotional challenges of a child living between two households. All this leads to us feeling overwhelmed and without someone to share the burden, we feel alone in the responsibility of raising our children well.
Good News: You don’t have to do this alone!
As a Parent Coach, I believe you already have the wisdom to be an amazing parent! Surprised? Don’t be. What I see time and time again is that the wisdom you already possess has just gotten lost in managing the chaos of your everyday life. Let’s face it; it’s pretty hard to be able to hear one’s inner voice of guidance in the middle of all the noise and drama of the busy and pressured lives that we lead.
These days being effective parents together with your partner takes communication and teamwork. However, while you are both so busy managing the daily routine it is hard to also make time to reflect, dream, set goals and implement that long-range plan. Behavior issues, developmental issues, learning issues, all these can make being a parent incredibly challenging. Where do you turn? Parent Coaching is a supported process to help you manage those challenges and still realize the dreams you have for your family.
What Does a Certified Parent Coach Do?
My role is to help you dig up the wisdom and resources that will help you create a path to your ideal family life. This is already inside you. Yes, it’s there! Together we’ll combine your personal knowledge and family expertise with my own strengths in child development, behavior and family dynamics. We will throw in some new parenting tips and techniques, maybe a fresh view of a situation and together we’ll navigate this wonderful, crazy, loving family life of yours. Take a deep breath. You are not alone! Together we will have you feeling more connected with your children, we’ll fill up your toolbox of strategies and believe it or not, you’ll have more energy at the end of the day.
Then Imagine your life a few months from now ::: cue the dream harp :::
You have . . .
- Less guilt when you take a moment to relax
- Plugged all the energy drains so you can keep more energy for yourself
- Tools to address the next “new” behavior
- Only a fading memory of all the old repetitive power struggles, phew!
- Time & space to be responsive to your child’s behavior instead of reactive
- Skills to make consequences the bad guy, not you
- Confidence to allow your children to learn by making affordable mistakes
- More fun with your children, and maybe most importantly . . .
- Rediscovered the joy of parenting!
You don’t have to be alone.
As a successful parent coach, I know that parents call me because they want immediate relief. When my coaching parents apply a few key tools they start to find that relief fast. Then parents have the time and energy so that together we can create and implement their plan to bring back the joy of parenting or even discover it for the first time.
Parent Coaching is most frequently done over the phone giving me the chance to work with you no matter where you are in the country. However; if you’re local, I also have an office in Bellevue where we can meet in person and work closely toward your goals.
Coaching for Dads
In traditional families, dad may be relegated to bringing home the bacon and taking over the kids at night. That might describe you, but it also might be far from reality. Today’s families can look quite different and bring all sorts of new challenges for a Dad trying to be the best father he can, including behavioral, logistical, emotional, etc. Coaching for Dads, albeit dads in the family, going through a divorce or divorced dads, is about helping Dad figure out his role, be more effectively attentive to the children and manage the partner relationship, irrespective of what that might look like.
Coaching for Moms
Mom may be playing the traditional mother role, she might be playing a role reversal, or she might be a single mom facing the world alone each day. Either way, sometimes moms need back up too. Irrespective of whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a corporate mom, Coaching for Moms can help you recognize where your energy is draining, get help with those developmental phases, and be able to strategize ways to manage the challenging issues of mother-hood, including finding time for yourself.
Coaching for Parents in Transition
As if life can’t be difficult enough, sometimes it tosses us a whopper. Separation, Divorce, death, illness, job changes, dealing with developmental issues in our children or ourselves, any of these can impact how we feel about ourselves and who we are as a parent. All can be places where we get stuck. Working with a blend of parent coaching and therapy, I can help you find that positive parenthood role and get back on track to taking care of yourself and moving life forward.