Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Parent Coaching?
Parent coaching is useful for any parent or caregiver who needs support in navigating the daily conflict in parenting. It can occur online through zoom, or over the phone. During a session, the professional coach responds by providing insight on the underlying emotions. She helps you take a closer look at how you are showing up and uses tools and insight to brainstorm different strategies and approaches.
What Happens During a Coaching Session?
I ask strategic questions and ensure you feel validated in your parenting challenges. I listen deeply to the underlying emotions. We collaborate to uncover unconscious unmet needs and work through how that is affecting situations. I use tools such as Human Design help you see your whole self and understand why certain things are reoccurring and then aid you in shifting how you show up. We review goals from the past week and celebrate successes while tweaking to remove any barriers to success. After each session you feel seen and heard, and have concrete steps to take.
How is the coaching done?
Zoom calls. I will work with you either in person or over the phone or Zoom. Zoom calls are recorded so you can review them at your leisure. Zoom coaching has many advantages: You don’t have to hire a sitter or make special plans to leave your house. You can enjoy the coaching conversations anytime—during your lunch hour at work, in the afternoon when the children are napping, or in the evening when your kids have gone to bed. Also, telephone or Skype coaching gives you the opportunity to hire a Coach from anywhere in the world, thus working with someone whom you are sure understands you and your unique needs, assuring your privacy within your immediate community.
Are you like Super Nanny?
Not at all. Television programs like Super Nanny invade the home and assume lots of incompetence on the part of the parents, even deriding their decision-making abilities. We believe such programs, developed mainly for titillation and amusement, have very little to do with the reality of most parents today. These shows deal mostly with over-the-top issues that affect a very small percentage of actual parents. In addition, the behaviorist approach used on these shows by the nanny may be effective in the short-term, but will be unlikely to result in long-term positive, sustainable changes. Parent coaching offers a highly respectful, affirmative approach that catalyzes parent creativity, helping moms and dads discover their unique solutions and providing long-term positive changes.
How do I get started with Parent Coaching?
What is The Family School?
The Family School is erasing the box. It is a school for the entire family. We service Pre-school through 12th grade and offer support and education for parents as well. The Whole Body School of Thought uses Agile Learning Center for its model and Human Design for its guide.
Do I Need A Parent Coach?
Some reasons people come to me include:
- What you’re doing isn’t working but you’re not sure how to change.
- You feel terribly after you over-react again and again to the same struggles with your children.
- Everyone has all kinds of advice, but it doesn’t seem to work for you.
- You feel mentally and physically exhausted or trapped by the daily demands of parenting.
- You struggle to set healthy boundaries.
- You’ve read great parenting books and are on-board with the ideas but the change never lasts.
- You have no time for the parenting books and you just want to know what to do.
- You find yourself acting in ways that remind you of your parents but that’s not what you want.
- You can’t get on the same page with your spouse or other caregivers.
- You are worried about the epidemic of childhood and teen anxiety and depression, and you want to develop habits today that will help your children tomorrow.
What Can Parent Coaching Help With?
Parent coaching can help with:
- Transition issues (marriage, death, adoption, etc.) or familial changes
- General behavioral issues
- Learning issues such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia
- Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct problems
- Reactive attachment disorder (RAD)
- Suicidal ideation, attempt, or recent hospitalization for a mental health event
- Eating disorders
- Adolescent substance abuse
- Parent in recovery
- LGBTQ support
- Trauma, survivors of abuse/domestic violence
- Acculturation stress
- Facilitating difficult conversations with your child, like adoption, sex, etc.
- New parents
- Screen time issues
- Adaptive communication
Do you come into the home?
Not usually. I work directly with moms and dads without the child(ren) present. We use a highly successful coaching model adapted from executive coaching which presumes that the parent is the authentic authority in the home and that they deserve special, one-on-one time with a professional parent coach who supports and encourages their decision making, but doesn’t make decisions for them.
Can I have a free session to understand how it all works?
Absolutely. I offer a complimentary session without any obligation on your part. You have nothing to lose to give Parent Coaching a test drive to see how it works!
How much does it cost?
My Parent Coaching classes are very affordable. Contact me to check out our competitive rates and special packages.
Where are you located?
Murrysville, Pennsylvania previously. Recently returned to our family roots in Utah.