There are different types of parenting profiles that often benefit from parent coaching. These are some common profiles that seek services:
Special Needs Parenting
Do you have a child with invisible special needs that make it hard for anyone to understand your journey? Often parents with kids who have non-visibly identified special needs children struggle finding compassion and understanding. Some types of invisible special needs are a history of trauma, inattentiveness, learning issues, impulsivity, behavioral issues, aggression, addiction, emotional volatility, attachment issues, and many other things.
Parenting Children with a History of Interrupted Attachment
These parents are dealing with issues they did not create, but they are now responsible to respond to these issues in a way that creates healing and learning. These parents must keep reaching for their children when their children can’t reach back. Some of these kids present perfectly in public and fall apart at home which makes parents feel a little crazy. The challenges in this type of parenting are figuring out what is impairment and what is intent. Another challenge is to find external support because the typical reciprocity of parenting is often missing in this dynamic.
Parenting That Has Lost Its Joy
Some parents come to me and say they are just so sick of hearing themselves nag their kids. If parents find themselves talking all the time and find that their kids don’t listen, then it’s time to implement new parenting techniques. These parent-child relationships have lost their joy.
Parenting into Better Boundaries
You as a parent are a person too. You are important, and sometimes your needs will exceed your children’s needs. As kids get into their teen and young adult years, the contract of how things used to be needs to shift into a new, more mature relationship. Anytime you change things up like this, you experience big resistance from older kids. Healthy relationships don’t stay the same year after year. Healthy relationships change, adjust, establish, and re-establish boundaries, all while trying to maintain relational connection. Your kids want a relationship with you. Establishing boundaries creates initial conflict but leads into greater respect and intimacy.