When people decide to have a family, they usually discuss the approach they would take to raise their children. To punish or not to punish? To spank or not to spank? Authoritarian or permissive? They often don’t realize that there will be many times that they just don’t know what to do.
Ideally, if two people relate well enough to decide to marry or live together, they’re on the same page in a lot of areas. Hopefully they share major values and attitudes for living so that they begin their life as a couple agreeing on the way they’ll spend their money, whether to get a pet and whether they’ll have children, for example. As we’ve all heard (and may have experienced!), the first couple of years of marriage can be a bit rough as a couple learns to live with each other’s idiosyncrasies. Imagine what might happen, as it often does, if a baby came into their world before they had sorted out major issues and plans. Even if they had discussed parenting approaches at length, the reality of the baby’s birth and the baby’s constant demands, could threaten to strain the partnership. Throw in lack of sleep, fear of the unknown, and uncertainty about decisions around child-raising, and the situation would be ripe for disagreement and arguments.
What if there’s no ready answer to a crucial parenting question? Many couples are lucky enough to have parents or other relatives to consult at times of indecision. But there are large numbers of people living at great distances from their families and home towns and, also, many who disagree with the way they, themselves, have been raised. What could they do to retain their sanity and their loving relationship in times of immense anxiety?
My hope is that new parents, as well as parents of kids of any age, will seek help from someone with experience who approaches child-raising from basic values that they hold dear. Parent coaching is here to help, to guide through the ups and downs of picky eating, sibling rivalry, and disrespectful behavior, to name a few. Someone whose values parents agree with, and whose approach they support, can offer useful insights and solutions, helping parents out of the mire of lack of confidence and indecision.
Should parents be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help? Does asking for assistance mean that they’re “bad parents”? The answer, of course, is a resounding “NO”! Asking for help is the most positive and proactive step they could take and they should pat themselves on the back for their decision to invest in their family life.
My parent coaching programs are designed to offer solutions to issues that may trouble you, and my guidance as the solutions are put into practice. I help you make changes that can increase your effectiveness as parents and enrich your relationships with your partner and your children. This takes place from the comfort of your home on the telephone, computer or Skype audio. Family life can be so rewarding and so much fun when you’re confident about your parenting approach.
I hope that you’ll check out my programs. Please download my free PDF report to see if you find my suggestions intriguing and leave you wanting to hear more.
I’m here to help you.
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