When I first saw that urine soaked stick change, dread filled me. What if I screwed up my baby’s life? What did I know about being a mommy? I was a teacher of tweens and teens, not the mommy of babies!
I sure wish there had been someone around to guide me out of the anxiety that diminished her toddler years, and flared up every couple of months… until the day she turned nine. That was the day she blew out her birthday candles, and said, “Mommy, now that I’m almost a teenager—”
“Whoa! Hold on there.” I leaned back as my husband and I grinned at each other. “You’re not almost a teenager. I’ll tell you when you’re almost a teenager, and this isn’t it!”
Surprisingly, I wasn’t shaken. True, she was ready for my expertise a bit earlier than expected, but forewarned is forearmed. I was ready. My years of teaching had prepared me well.
Did we have conflicts? Of course, we did.
Did I question my sanity on occasion? Or, hers? Absolutely!
Every Mom does.
But, at that point I had 15+ years of parent-teen relationships under my belt from my career. Plus, I had discovered my superpower- helping parents bridge the growing gap with their kids.
Why I Do What I Do
When upset parents and defensive kids came to see me for conferences about the students’ behavior or their academics, I had to help them reconnect before we could discuss the problem at hand. At the time, I thought everyone could do that. Now, I realize that it’s a specific skill set, built upon years and years of conversation and compromise.
It didn’t have a name back then, but now we call it Parent Coaching.
Today, through coaching, my clients receive:
>> a chance to get on the same page as your child
>> ways to approach your kids when everyone is upset
>> strategies to de-escalate rising emotions
>> methods to increase happiness in yourself and in your home
>> guidance, accountability, encouragement and empowerment
>> a closer look at your approach to life and relationships.
Schedule a free Clarity Consult with me today. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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