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
Many of us grew up in an environment where expressing strong emotions was discouraged. Men may have been told not to cry. You have have been told not to complain. Rather than talk about what was bothering you, you may have learned that it was better to say nothing. When this is our programming, we enter adulthood keeping all our emotions under wrap. After all that was what you were taught.
We have to teach our kids that it's OK to feel - whatever those feelings are. What we do with them is sometimes not acceptable, but the feelings themselves are neither right or wrong. They are just feelings. Let your kids see you being disappointed or hurt or afraid and let them know that it's OK to feel what we feel. It's not OK to hurt other people but we must be free to express our feelings without judgement.
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