Parenting and Life Coach
Building and maintaining a healthy family unit is all about relationships. Parenting is learning to have healthy relationships with our kids so there is mutual respect and love. The relationship we have with our spouse or partner determines the health of the family unit. When we work at keeping our primary relationship strong and healthy, we provide a strong foundation for the people who mean the most of us.
The most important relationship of all is the one we have with ourselves. When we nurture our mind, body and spirit we are better equipped to give to the people close to us. We make better partners and better parents.
Whether you come to me for parent coaching or relationship coaching, we always spend time talking about YOU. We cannot give to others when we have nothing inside to give. When our resources have been depleted, we simply can't be the parent or partner we want to be.
"I learned more from Barb in 8 sessions than I have from various other counselors and groups. She kept me on track and focused on what needed to be addressed in my life and personality so I wouldn't keep making the same mistakes that always ended up hurting me."
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Barb's Parenting Tip of the Week
I have found throughout my life, that if I let go of expectations I'm far less likely to be disappointed. If we have an expectation that our kids are going to behave a certain way, or respond a certain way to the experiences we plan for them, we're very often disappointed. We're all different and we all experience life in our own way. That includes our kids.
You may have an expectation that your son or daughter is going to share your enthusiasm for a certain sport or musical instrument or book or hobby. When they don't we can often make it an issue that has to be "solved". When we let go of expectations and just accept that that is who they are, we're much less likely to be bothered.
There are times though when expectations are reasonable. You can say things like: "When someone gives you something, I expect you to say thank-you" or "When you hurt someone, I expect you to say I'm sorry."
Relationship and Parenting Articles:
The Cost Of Wanting Everything Your Way
Can You Save Your Marriage Without Therapy?
Kids Want Power and Control - How Can You Give It To Them And Still Maintain Your Authority
Is It Possible To Change Your Partner?
7 Ways to Get Your Marriage Back On Track
Expressing Love To The Most Important Person In Your Life
Addressing The Imperfections In Your Relationship
The Biggest Mistake Made By Couples With Children
5 Reasons Why Children Misbehave