WHAT IS PARENT COACHING?
Parent Coaching is a powerful process that leads parents to reconnect with their strengths and values, and feel more empowered in their role.
Coaching means listening and asking questions from a place of respect and without judgment, to help parents gain clarity.
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A COACHING PROCESS?
I like to say that going through a coaching process is like signing up for 10 sessions with a personal trainer: you do it if you wish to get in a better parenting shape. To have more energy and grow.
So to get back to the question....who would benefit from a coaching process?
Well, whoever feels overwhelmed and tired, at times, in their role as parent. Someone who needs to talk through the challenges faced within their family and be listened to without being judged.
Someone who would like to grow as a person and parent.
To be honest, I am sure most people would love being coached!
WHY DO YOU BELIEVE IN PARENT COACHING?
Parenting is the hardest job ever; it is 24 hours, 7 days a week.
I see parenting as a job, the most important one there is that requires a huge amount of energy and skills. Why should we treat it differently from other jobs? Why should parenting come natural to all of us, all the time? Why do we all invest in growing our skills to pursue our careers, and yet we do not do the same for our family’s growth?
Corporations are turning to business coaches to support their most talented and high flying managers to grow their skills. As a parent coach, I work to support the most committed parents to grow in their role and enjoy their families more.
WHY DID PARENTING BECOME A TOUGH JOB? DO WE REALLY NEED A COACH, NOWADAYS, TO BE GOOD ENOUGH PARENTS?
I see the point of the question! I am sure it has always been a tough job. Today however, many people live stressful fast paced lives and lack a support system or large/extended family support. People’s lives are busy, chaotic and demanding. We do not have the time to stop and think. We often do not take the time to be. Parents lack the famous village people need to raise a child. People often live and work far from their hometown or country, in multi-cultural environments. That is a challenge itself.
And of course, not all parents “need” a coach. Nevertheless, I actually believe most parents can benefit from a coaching experience.
What is the only way to reconnect with our self? It is to consciously decide to do it. We have to be very intentional, to actually make the time to reconnect with our wisest self.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY THE MOST WHEN YOU COACH PEOPLE?
Coaching people is a big privilege. I accompany my clients through a changing process, I see their best self, and I mirror back what I see.
I have the fortune to share with people the time and space they take to reconnect with their strengths, their values, their inner energy. And grow. I love it.
YOU USED TO WORK IN INTERNATIONAL AID. WHY DID YOU CHANGE TO THIS NEW CAREER PATH?
Since a very young age, I always thought a job had to serve a purpose, to keep me committed. Working to support disadvantaged people was a rewarding experience. After having three children, I realised being a mother, a parent, is the biggest opportunity you have to contribute to a better world. You can commit to raise compassionate and warm human beings. How hard is that? Very hard. But immensely important.
The world is calling parents to raise compassionate, emotionally heatlhy and morally responsible children who can deal with big challenges in new, effective, creative ways.
I have been lucky enough to stay home with my kids when they were very young, and to work part time for few years, and then home again. I had all my children abroad, two in Switzerland and one in Thailand, and parenting has been stressful and challenging at times.
I wish all parents would know that asking for help doesn’t mean they are failing. We all need help, at times to get back on track, and give our best. To feel empowered again.