What is a Parent Coach?
- A Parent Coach is a certified professional who helps parents navigate, practical long-term solutions to parenting challenges.
- A coach will act as your sounding board and resource person for decisions that will greatly affect you and your child
- A coach asks key questions and offers specific suggestions to help you implement new attitudes and strategies in your life for you and your children.
- A coach can help foster greater communication with your children and parenting partner.
- Parent Coaching is a co-creative, non-judgmental process that empowers you with skills to live a more joyful, purposeful family life.
- A parent coach will help support you in your goals and aspirations for your family and your children.
- A parent coach works on supporting your self care to enhance your well being and manage your stress. You will learn to identify activities & practices that support your health and happiness.
Parent Coaching vs Therapy
- Therapy addresses issues in a client’s background and seeks to work through those issues by looking in the past and addressing what is wrong
- Therapy usually focuses on emotional healing. A client’s energy is usually tied up with past wounds.
- Parent coaching looks forward, deals in the present & seeks to enhance greater fulfillment in your relationships within your family
- Parent Coaching seeks improvement through action steps towards your goals
- Parent Coaching works to ensure the client has sufficient energy and resolve
Frequently Asked Questions about Parent Coaching:
How do I know if I need a parent coach?
You should consider a parent coach if:
- If you’ve had the same struggle with your child over and over and you are mentally exhausted
- You know what you are doing isn’t working, but don’t know what else to try
- You are feeling stressed out, angry, worried and don’t know what to do
- You’ve read tons of parenting books and nothing has really helped
- You are having conflict with your parenting partner and have very different parenting styles
- You are ready to change the way you interact and understand your children.
- You want more joy and balance in your family life
What should I look for in a parent coach?
When looking for a parent coach, consider a coach who is certified by a parent coaching institute. Also look for a parent coach who has a background in psychology, education, child development, family life therapy or other field related to parents and children. A parent coach is not a therapist, but you do want someone who has strong communication skills, is empathetic and compassionate, is non-judgmental and a good listener.
How do I get started?
When a parent expresses interest in coaching, I reach out with a 30 minute consultation where we talk about how parent coaching works, my background and style of coaching, as well as the current challenges they’re experiencing in their family. Fee structure will be discussed at this time.
What types of parent coaching do you offer?
- 1:1 Coaching – coach works with the mom or dad/caregiver and we work specifically on their parenting challenges, strengths, but also can advise about strengthening communication with parenting partner, as well as issues that may be present while co-parenting.
- Couples Coaching – work with parenting partners simultaneously. The focus is on their parenting challenges, the ways in which they differ in their parenting style & ways in which they may complement one another. It’s a great way for parents to become more united and complementary to one another.
- Group Coaching – work with a group of parents simultaneously. Each week generally addresses a different topic that is shared and discussed with the group. The benefits are learning from others and gaining support & fresh ideas from group members.