As my mother always says, “Parenting is the hardest job in the world.”
Though I’m certain it was not difficult to parent me [insert ironic tone], I have to agree. Especially now that I have children of my own! Nothing makes you feel more vulnerable, wonderful, stupid, competent, incompetent [insert your own adjective]. When your kids are doing well, you usually feel good and when they’re not, it’s hard to feel like things are right with the world. It doesn’t matter how educated you are, or how rich or how famous. Parenting brings everyone to their knees eventually (http://themoth.org/posts/storytellers/molly-ringwald#).
As your coach, I’m there to offer support, resources and an outside, non-judgmental perspective. I want to help you follow through on the changes you want to make. Whether one-on-one or in a workshop format, I work with you (whether your children are newborn, toddler, school age or even adult) to be the parent you want to be. I will help you reduce the stress and anxiety that any parent can relate to. At this point in time, much attention is payed to parenting and strong opinions about the “right” and “wrong” way to parent abound. At the same time, you’ll hear, “Trust you instincts,” or “You’ll know the right thing to do when the time comes.” While this is true in some cases, it’s often much more complex. My promise to you is to help you sort through information and your instincts to find what works for your family.
What sort of issues do people bring to parent coaching?
If there is a gap between where you are and where you want to be, it is often helpful to have a coach. Here are a few examples of parent coaching topics:
- “My daughter has always done well in school, but this year she is really struggling. The teacher is not great at communication and I’m not sure what to do.”
- “I’m a new mom and while I love it, it has also meant a lot of changes for me. I feel off-balance and want to find a way to get my feet on the ground again.”
- “Our son is 3 years old and we live in Boston. We can’t believe it’s time already, but the public school lottery is coming up. It’s totally overwhelming and we’re really not sure how to decide which is the best school environment for him – one of the Boston public schools, private school, or a school in a different town.”
- “I keep getting in the same battles with my kids and it’s making us all miserable. I need to figure out how to break the cycle.”
- “I am having a really hard time managing my son’s homework. He finds it challenging and tries to avoid it. I find myself getting pulled in to doing it with him. I want him to do well, but I know he also needs to be able to do it himself.”