Every parent and family faces challenges. And every family does their best to handle those challenges with the resources they have available. But sometimes parents, and families, need some outside guidance and support.
Families today face increasing pressure from spouses/partners, other family members, school officials, healthcare providers and the law to parent their children in a particular way. Unfortunately, many of these well-meaning suggestions do little to nurture strong, stable, positive relationships that are the key to healthy individual and family flourishing. In turn, parents find themselves reacting instead of responding to normal childhood behaviors, relationship challenges, and family situations. In addition, individuals, couples, and parents are not taught effective communication techniques or provided with practical and useful suggestions for using non-violent communication to strengthen and enhance family relationships. Even fewer are taught tools and skills that will help them appropriately and effectively deal with conflict or avoid interpersonal and familial conflicts in the first place.
A Parent and Family Coach is an experienced and trained professional coach, educator, and family mediator whose primary role is to support and guide parents as they embrace the challenges of raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted and successful children and create healthy and fulfilling interpersonal and family relationships. Using a strengths-based perspective, A Parent and Family Coach provides parents and other family members with research-based information, tools, and skills, along with encouragement, compassion, and positivity. A Parent and Family Coach helps parents to find practical solutions that will work for them and their family by creating an individualized approach to their unique families needs, taking into account their time, schedule, resources, cultural, religious and spiritual beliefs, as well as their individual family structure. Overall, A Parent and Family Coach works directly with the family to address the specific needs of the child (ren), mother, and father/partner in order to help create a more harmonious, fun-filled, joyful, and loving family.
So what exactly does a Parent and Family Coach do?
She listens deeply and non-judgmentally,
She asks questions about things you may not have previously considered or thought were important,
She introduces relevant and practical information, skills, and tools for your particular relationship or parenting challenge,
She offers specific useful suggestions to help you implement new attitudes and strategies in your life for yourself and for your children, and