What is parent coaching?

Many have expressed a strong desire for ongoing support in the most difficult job in the world – parenting.  One parent said he felt like he was in a free fall from 35,000 feet with no parachute.  Not a fun feeling; in fact, he went on to describe feeling despair, “… I couldn’t find any viable options, no way to get through to my son.”  The Parent Coaching Class (PCC) is about “providing parachutes for parents in a freefall.”

I’m guessing that since you are reading this, you are looking for a way to make a shift in your parenting in order to maximize your influence in your child’s life, improve your communication, create stronger, healthier connections, and generally have better family interactions. Parent Coaching is key to making significant shifts in parenting.  Parent Coaching Class is a cost-effective way to get this coaching over time.

The Parent Coaching Class (PCC) provides this in a consistent, dependable, integrated way.  Please give me a call, send me an email, or fill out the contact sheet below and I’ll reach out to you. 

Logistics:

  • Online class meets weekly on Monday evenings at 5:30 PST

  • The Parent Coaching Class is live each week

  • Attend on your computer or other device from anywhere with good WiFi

  • Classes are fully interactive with video and audio – in real time

  • Ask questions, make comments, identify strategies

  • Discuss questions, struggles, problems, and find strategies and solutions

  • Each class has a topic relevant to parenting and how to make the shift into effective parenting

  • Learn to think differently as a parent

  • Get ongoing support to implement effective parenting tools

Who can benefit?

This is especially for the parent who feels lost in a measure of despair and confusion with a child who has a major challenge such as addiction, but it is not limited to these parents.  Any parent looking for a solidly research-based approach to parenting would benefit from this class. 

Parents of teens will find support working through the quagmire and black clouds of “nothing seems to work” and find strategies and tools to maximize their influence and effectiveness as a parent.

Parents of young children will find a road map for adjusting their parenting as their children grow into and through childhood, teenage, and young adult developmental stages.

The bottom line:  If you want to make this shift, you won’t get it from reading a book.  You need consistent exposure to an approach that makes sense, support to keep at it even when it doesn’t appear to be working, and clear guidance on how to implement this healthier, more effective way of parenting. 

Note about the curriculum: This is a curriculum put together by Rawland Glass, MSW, LCSW after 40 years of studying parenting.  He draws from a number of resources; his childhood, his experience as a parent, many years as a Social Worker, Therapist, and Parent Coach.  The curriculum centers around two books: Parenting From The Inside Out by Dr. Daniel Siegel MD and Brain Based Parenting by Dr. Daniel Hughes, Ph.D.

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2022 online Parent Coaching class

The Parent Coaching Class is made up of 16 lessons spread out over three topics.  Each class is 75± minutes long.  The following is a brief overview of the topics:

Topic #1 The Setup and The Shift, from co-dependency to relationships

Codependency setups us up to embrace what I call “The Classic Parenting Model” – an approach which most of us experienced in our childhood and is still the primary approach today.  The problem is that it doesn’t work, and what’s worse, it actually prevents us from giving to our children what they need. We then discuss shifting to a new approach built around creating healthy relationships and helping parents regain their influence with their children. 

 

Curriculum for this topic covers:

  • External Dependency (Co-Dependency)

  • Parenting in a Culture of Codependency (External Dependence)

  • Connected to Influence

  • Emotion, Motivation, and Self-regulation

  • Higher Level Discipline

Topic #2 Strategic Interactions, deliberate and purposeful parenting

Interactions and communication are where we meet our children on a 24/7 basis.  Interactions are a dynamic flow of energy - We build on The Shift proposed in topic 1 and develop purposeful, strategic interactions designed to give our children what they need.  We break through the confusion and identify specific tools and ways of showing up that are deliberate and purposeful. 

Curriculum for this topic covers:

  • The Equation and The Attitude

  • Strategic Interactions & Conversations

  • Three Questions (Knowing your child)

  • Shifting from Block care and Blocked Trust

  • Connection Repair

Topic #3, Intra-Connected, boundaries and grounding

This final topic establishes and builds the foundation which is all about parents being grounded and the practice of healthy boundaries.  This is the real secret to successful parenting.  We move from blind, reactive-based parenting to an ability to manage our own reactions, self-regulate, and then from here into the tools and strategies of parenting.  With a sense of boundaries, legitimate power, we learn to sleep at night and maintain our internal balance regardless of what is going on with our children.  When we are emotionally stable, our children are more open to and in many cases actually turn to us for support and help.

Curriculum for this topic covers:

  • Boundaries for Parents – Introduction

  • Boundaries: Declaration of Un-Responsibility

  • Boundaries: Declaration of Responsibility

  • Family of Origin (The Haunting Influence)

  • The Inner World of Dr. Siegel

  • Tools For The Shift

 

Assignments and Homework: At the end of each class an email goes out to all participants with additional information – some may call it homework, others growth opportunities – to help you dig deeper and apply the concepts and tools to your parenting situation.  At the beginning of each class, we talk about the homework from the week before.  And the good news – no grades! – the only test is your own parenting.

 

Two texts are required.  The first is Parenting From The Inside Out, revised edition, © 2014 by Dr. Daniel Siegel.  The second is Brain Based Parenting © 2012 by Dr. Daniel Hughes.

I would consider it a privilege to provide some ongoing support to you in your role as a parent.  Fill out the form below to start the sign up process.