Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The following information is presented in Q and A format to help you better understand what Parent Coaching is, and how it works. If you have questions that aren’t answered here, please contact me for a free consultation.
What is Parent Coaching?
Parent Coaching is a relationship between parent(s) and coach focused on helping you become the parent you want to be focusing on building a relationship with your child versus issuing a constant stream of consequences. Hello World™ coaching includes No-Problem Parenting™ skills to create a connection that inspires your child to accept the natural consequences of their actions and learn from their mistakes. You’ll be mentored without judgement and I’ll walk alongside you as you gain these new skills. Parent Coaching can help any parent or caregiver; whether you're a couple, single parenting, or a parent navigating a difficult divorce, identify and achieve their parenting goals.
How is Parent Coaching different from therapy?
Therapy is a relationship based on overcoming obstacles due to a diagnosed mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression. It delves into complicated family dynamics of the past and works through crisis. Therapy works with a medical plan to treat that diagnosis. Parent Coaching refers parents and children to therapeutic services and other resources as needed.
Parent Coaching is educational. Coaching can be very helpful for parents of children who have a medical or mental health diagnosis as the focus is on supporting the parent first. Providing parents a safe, non-judgmental place to vent, scream, cry and be supported by someone who is empathetic and realistic, is what it takes to get parents feeling confident in themselves and ready to guide and lead their children (outside of the therapy or doctors office).
What do the sessions look like?
Your first session is typically a 1.5 hour strategy session. We’ll discuss your family situation, some immediate action steps, as well as recommendations for coaching packages. All appointments afterward are 15 - 60 minutes and are conducted via WebEx. You are required to have access to a camera via your cell phone or computer. Each session includes an update from you on your families up's and down's since our last meeting, how you implement the new tools and responses learned from previous meeting and then suggestions and examples of what to do next.
What will I gain from parent coaching?
- Understand the underlying cause of the unwanted behavior and how/why the brain triggers resistance or withdrawn behavior
- Explore your own reaction to resistance and control and whatever else is getting in your way
- Learn straightforward, tried-and-true strategies that will unravel your child’s resistance or withdrawn behavior
- Become more confident in your parenting responses and decisions
- Attend to your child with a focus on connection and respectful communication
- Help your child build confidence and self-esteem so they learn how to handle tough situations
- Build a stronger and happier relationship with your child and bring peace back into your home
Will my child be included in the coaching?
Sometimes, but not usually. Parent Coaching works best 1:1 without your child present. Remember, you are the expert on your child and I am there to support you. Occasionally home visits that include your child can be helpful. e.g., to assist with a tough conversation or to model an approach, technique or conversation.
As a Parent Coach, I can visit your school to observe your child anonymously, attend school meetings with you and consult with teachers on improving your child’s behavior.
If your child is in need of therapy but doesn't want to go, I can support you and your child in understanding the benefits of therapy, how to get the most out of therapy, and/or help you find the right therapist.
How much does it cost?
The initial 1½-hour appointment is $175, and subsequent 1-hour appointments are $125. Home visits are $150 per hour, plus travel time. There is special pricing when multiple sessions are purchased as a package. The No-Problem Parenting online course is included in packages of 6 or more sessions (value $197)
How do I pay?
You can pay as you go (before each session) or you can purchase a package at a discounted rate. If you need help with payment be sure to let us know.
Is there any coverage for Parent Coaching?
It’s possible your HSA will pay for parent coaching and some communities have funds set aside specifically for parenting support. Check with your local churches, county social services and community out reach programs.
Who else might benefit from Parent Coaching?
Teachers and daycare providers have completed the online course as part of their continuing education. It’s considered an educational expense and can typically be deducted from taxes.
Any company that has employees with kids and whose employees are frequently leaving work to deal with school and family behaviors. Meetings are typically held online which means your employees don't have to leave work to go to an appointment. Many parents schedule from separate work places, log in through the link and spend 15-30 minutes during with work break to problem solve a behavior or family situation. While we are not a part of an EAP, businesses can take advantage of large group discount package prices.
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