I remember when my son was about 7 years old, and I was really struggling. He was past the age when meltdowns should have been happening…at least, in my opinion.
He would get *so* angry at the smallest things, and I often had no idea how to help him calm down.
I also found myself worrying a lot about the future:
Would he ever be able to calm down on his own?
Would he be more likely to struggle with depression or anxiety later on?
What would his teen years look like…and how would I manage a meltdown when he was bigger than me?
I remember vividly wishing there was someone – anyone – I could talk to who had been through what we were going through. I desperately wanted reassurance that we were handling things okay…and to have someone to bounce ideas off of. Someone who could not only listen to me, but offer realistic suggestions that had worked for others.
What I was looking for, essentially, was a parenting coach.
[By the way, I had no idea there was such a thing. I wish I had].
My personal experience is what led me to become a parenting coach myself.
I know the concept of parent coaching isn’t always easy to understand. So here are a few things you can expect from working with a parenting coach…specifically, with me:
- A listening ear from someone who has been where you are now…and who has come out the other side (in one piece!)
- The opportunity to address behavioral challenges like aggression, sleep, meltdowns, discipline, etc. from a practical and research-based perspective
- The space to go “upstream” to figure out what could be causing your child’s behaviours (there are some common roots behind many of them)
- The opportunity to set personal goals around what you want for your family: for instance, to stop yelling, to get on the same page as your partner, to enjoy your child more, etc.
Each client and session is different, and my goal is to to provide you with what YOU need.
Sometimes all parents need is a single session, and sometimes parents prefer to meet monthly…to set goals and have someone support them as they work on those goals.