My Coaching Philosophy
My goal is to help families create an action-oriented, personalized plan, so that parents can feel a greater sense of calm and confidence, and find more moments of joy as they continue doing the hard work of raising their ever-changing kids.
Parenting is never easy, but I believe that together, we can find more ease.
We can’t change our kids. We can only change ourselves.
I define "good parenting" as interactions that feel good to you, feel good to your kiddo(s) and that are effective and build skills for the long-term. There are a million different ways that this can look. My goal is to help you define what this looks like for your family.
I don’t have any “quick fixes” or magical strategies that will “make” your children do what you want or stop doing something that annoys or frustrates you. That being said, I do believe that this work can be magical. And transformational.
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My coaching work is deeply rooted in the Positive Discipline approach that acknowledges that our kids’ behavior is telling us something; our job is to listen.
By using what we know about the realities of child development and our most powerful parenting tool, our relationship with our children, we can respond to our children’s behavior in a way that’s more helpful and that builds the skills we want to see showing up in our families.
Kind and firm
My coaching philosophy is based on the belief respect is a two-way street within a family (and in life).
We give respect to our kids (by being kind, loving and connected), and we give respect to ourselves (by being firm in our boundaries, having clear expectations and by teaching and modeling skills that will help our kids be successful).
Regardless of your challenge area(s), we will explore how your parenting response can balance kindness and firmness, at the same time.
I am a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and have been working with families for more than 6 years. The majority of my clients have children between 2 and 6 years old, though I work with families at every age and stage of development.
Parent coaching is not therapy, nor am I a licensed therapist or able to diagnose any developmental or social-emotional clinical issues. If you’d like recommendations for specialists, or deeper therapeutic support, I will be happy to connect you to additional resources.