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 wanted to personally thank you, Barb, for all of your help in guiding me back to a place where I now feel in control again as a parent. Working with you in November and December helped me tremendously. I was at a point in my life where I was overwhelmed, discouraged and, simply put, feeling hopeless. You helped me recognize what was in fact contributing to my son's temper-tantrums and outbursts, and provided me with the tools to regain confidence in my parenting skills. It's amazing to think that what seemed so insurmountable a few months ago was so easily solved in just a few short weeks. And, really, when I think of it, it was really three key changes / adjustments that needed to take place and it all made such a huge positive impact -- on both him and me. I couldn't have done it without your insight. My son and I are on a whole new path now and it is absolutely refreshing and very exciting. Thank you so much."
I just wanted to check in and let you know how things are going. Everything has improved by 110%. I want to thank you for your input and perspective – you are my outside, looking in when I need it.” N.V.
"From our first conversation, Barb focused on what I was doing right as a mom. Her confidence in that was so real I couldn't help but believe it, too. Over the course of our time together, I became more and more the person she thought I could be -- calmer, more loving and more in control. Barb, I thank you, and my children thank you!"
- Elea Carey
I can truly say that the entire course of our lives has changed in a more accepting way of each other . I feel Barbara and I have crossed each others path for a really good reason.
-Mid West , North America
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A Parenting Tip from Barb:
When we think about the qualities we'd like our children to have, one of them is independent. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves if we're encouraging or discouraging independence by our actions. The more we do for our kids, the more we rob them of their independence and the sense of worth that goes along with it. One of the greatest feelings for a child, is to be able to say: "I did it all by myself!"
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