Parent Coaching

Parent Coaching:

 

Parent coaching is useful for parents who are having the following challenges:

  • Going through a difficult period with their young child.
  • Going through difficulty in managing their family well in the adolescent years
  • Having challenges parenting together

 

Some possible learnings:

  • Coming to know your personal parenting style and the combined style of your parenting team
  • Understanding attachment and how you can develop relationship with your child to improve attachment
  • Become more empowered in your understanding or your parenting role
  • Negotiate with your spouse and your teens appropriate rules for your home
  • Provide opportunities for your teen to become become what?
  • Learn to talk to your kids so that they will listen and listen so they will talk
  • Learn to affirm your kids towards their positive growt
  •  Provide opportunities for your kids and teens to learn emotional management skills
  • Learn to take responsibility for your own emotional management issues
  • Understand your family of origin issues in relationship to your parenting
  • Understand your birth order strengths and challenges and how they impact your parenting
  • Find a way to co-parent with a separated or divorced spouse

 

How to know if you need parent coaching or family/child counselling:

It is my philosophy that families are the best place for kids to learn and parents have the best chance of providing a compass point for living well. In coaching parents, I want to empower parents to do the best job of parenting that they are able, to learn to provide a safe container for their kids to grow, for their kids to learn to confide in their parents and to have their kids attach to parents rather than to a therapist.

However, there are times when it is beneficial for kids to see a counsellor. Some possible times when you would seek counselling for your child and family are: if your child is suffering from anxiety or depression, has somatic complaints around school or other obligations, is having difficulty with sleeping or eating, is not motivated to engage in activities, is self harming, is feeling hopeless about their life or seems to have impaired reality thinking it would be important to connect with mental health or a therapist to assess the child and to make provisions for counselling.

 

Testimonial: Lynda Chalmers is a counsellor who is perceptive and listens deeply. We learned some new approaches that were helpful in dealing with an aggressive ADHD situation in our home. She is supportive, patient and calm during the process, and open to feedback on the implementation of new strategies.