What is Parent Coaching?
Parent Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their potential as parents, which is particularly useful in today’s rapidly changing and complex environment.
We honor the client as the expert in his or her life and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.
Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify & align with what the client wants to achieve
Encourage client self-discovery
Elicit client-generated solutions & strategies
Hold the client responsible & accountable
What are some typical reasons someone might work with a Parent coach?
How does parent coaching help?
Ready to achieve results and be the parent you always desired to be?
- Our parenting philosophy
- Our own baggage we bring as parents
- Our goals as parents
- Learning to navigate through one’s own challenges as a parents
- Prepare and learn about anticipated milestones
- Parents distressed by a particular challenge or emotional issues of their own that has
made parenting particularly challenging for them
- Coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with intention.
- When an individual has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.
- Also, ask yourself whether you are ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.
Coaching typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the parent’s current situation and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action and establish specific desired outcomes. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one's personally prioritized goals.
The fundamentals of life coaching are what distinguishes it from therapy. Life coaches do not diagnose the people they work with, while therapists determine illnesses and pathologies so their patients can be clinically treated. Therapists analyze their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviors, whereas life coaches simply identify and describe current problematic behaviors so the client can work to modify them.
Therapists focus on “why” certain behavioral patterns occur, and coaches work on “how” to work toward a goal. Therapists help clients get is a deeper understanding of behaviors and patterns. Life coaches focus on an individual’s actions and results. Life coaches measure their client’s success with key performance indicators and specific behavioral outcomes and goals.
A life coach would be able to offer guidance by:
- Clarifying and achieving personal and professional goals
Creating business plans
- Working to improve communication skills
- Achieving financial independence and security
- Achieving a work/life balance
- Starting a new business or growing a current business
A therapist, on the other hand, focuses their conversation on ways to:
- Recover from past traumas
- Explore why past relationships (business or personal) have been destructive
- Work through depression or anxiety that affect your ability to function at home or work
- Survive a divorce or loss of a loved one
The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individuals or family’s needs and preferences. Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the way parents prefer to work, the frequency of sessions and financial resources available to support coaching.
For the coaching partnership to be successful, coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with intention and willingness to bring about a change.
Measurement may be thought of in two distinct ways: external and internal indicators of success. Ideally, both are incorporated. Examples of external measures include achievement of coaching goals established at the outset of the coaching relationship. Examples of a few internal measures include –
- changes in the individual’s self-awareness and awareness of others
- shift in thinking that create more effective action
- shift in one’s emotional state that inspire confidence
- shedding interactive patterns that do not serve the goal
- embracing those that are more conducive to the achievement of personal and family goal
Coaching does not provide “quick fixes”, “ready advice”, “cookie cutter answers” or tell you how to lead your life.