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
How Can I get my child to do what I ask?
I get asked this a lot. The key is how you communicate. What is your tone of voice? What is your body language saying? Human beings by nature resist when we're told to do something. Often when I'm presenting a workshop, I do a little role playing and say to someone sitting in the front row: "Go sit over there!". I then ask what is their immediate response. I get all sorts of answers but I'll tell you, no one says they're moved to jump up and go sit where I tell them to sit.
When a child feels loved and respected, they're much more likely to co-operate. "Clean up your room!!" can be changed to "I'd like to see your clothes put away before you go visit our friend." Or, "Stop whining!!!" can be changed to: "When you can ask me in your nice voice, I'll be willing to help you."
You can always use the phrase: "As soon as you've brushed your teeth, I"ll know you're ready for your story". Substitute "brush your teeth" with anything you need them to do and "ready for your story" with something that will follow that is desirable.
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Expressing Love To The Most Important Person In Your Life
Addressing The Imperfections In Your Relationship
The Biggest Mistake Made By Couples With Children
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