In addition to being one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, parenting is also one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and there is no formal education to prepare us for it. Even the most experienced parents can run into problems that require greater understanding of a child’s emotional and developmental needs. At such moments, I can offer the wisdom and advice parents need to become more effective, supportive and nurturing in their relationships with their children.
Do you ever find yourself:
… Exhausted and stressed, such that even small parenting issues feel like emergencies?
… Challenged by, confused, or concerned about your child’s behavior?
… Frustrated by the need to create change and the difficulty knowing where to start?
… Overwhelmed by the overlap between your child’s development, behavior, and school performance?
Would you like to feel:
… Calmer and better connected with your child?
… More centered and confident as a parent?
… Greater serenity within your family life?
… Like your child is thriving rather than struggling?
Parent coaching can help.
As an increasing number of studies, articles and blog posts are published about child development and parenting methods, parents can feel that they are expected to be experts and to approach parenting like a career. This often leads to scrutinizing each developmental milestone and worrying about every behavior. In our highly competitive parenting arena, moms and dads receive little, if any, support, and sometimes feel to blame when their children are struggling. Many parents work hard to balance the demands of their children with the demands of jobs, other obligations, and their own personal needs. This often leaves parents feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
Although I am no longer licensed as a psychologist and therefore do not offer child or family therapy, I can help you sort through some of the complexities of your child’s behavior and your approach as a parent. This can allow you to feel more supported and encouraged, boosting your creativity, your ability to keep things in perspective and to laugh more, your energy level, your satisfaction as a parent, and your children’s ability to thrive. I do not hesitate to let you know when the issues you bring to parent coaching are beyond my expertise and require the involvement of another mental health service provider or other professional, and can often help you identify quality professionals in your community.
My special area of focus at this time is helping parents understand the aspects of popular culture –in particular, media culture and consumerism–that are toxic to a healthy childhood. I teach parents how to develop media literacy skills and how to teach them to their children.
Since the creation of this blog, I have written a book that can help teach media culture and consumerism and other complex issues through the use of mother daughter book clubs. Please feel free to check out Her Next Chapter (available May 1, 2014) published by Chicago Review Press. Her Next Chapter is available through my new website, and through on-line and and local booksellers nationally.