Families & Parenting

Did you ever imagine parenting would look like this?

All you ever wanted was the best for your child and your family.

But you grew up in a different world, and things were simpler then.

Parents can feel isolated today, and the parenting books sometimes make it sound so easy. It really isn’t.

Where is the village that was supposed to help?

I love supporting families and becoming part of their village.

If you are here, you are ready for support in navigating your journey.

Whether your child is an infant or toddler, a young adult who seems lost, or at one of those beautiful stages in between, I have faith in your love and commitment to them. I know that together we can help your family move forward and flourish.

Your child will learn the most from you by the time they are five.

You can spend the first five years setting your child up for success with a few simple techniques.

My first tip: Take care of you.

I’ll help you find the balance you need to take care of yourself while giving your child everything they need. You might be surprised.

I help families negotiate the parenting journey.

Usually parents are the best therapists for young children; but with some children, coaching is needed.

All children are born with different temperaments – something we can’t change but can come to understand and manage. A child with a complex or intense temperament profile can present a lifetime of challenges for parents.

In fact, temperament is a wonderful lens for looking at our families, and all we need is to assure a good fit in the family environment.

“A good fit is a family and school environment that supports and encourages a child’s natural way of behaving… but there is always a good fit when parents accept their child for who they are.” – Elaine Aron

Easier said than done.

Families with more than one child are almost guaranteed to have a variety of different temperament profiles in the family.

Raising highly sensitive children challenges parents and often pushes them to the edge, making them feel stressed, wondering,

“What are we doing wrong?”

NOTHING!

You’re doing great and probably know just what is needed.

But you are so tired or overwhelmed that you second guess yourself.

I can offer you the support and affirmation you need to create just the right environment for your child with their unique temperaments to flourish.

Then comes the teens.

When the puberty hormones start kicking in your child’s peers will have an equal and sometimes stronger influence than yours.

As puberty begins, it becomes the parents’ job to begin to shift in relationship to their child. You will now start stepping aside and allowing your child to step into the world at times without you.

Does that mean you give them all kinds of freedom?

Not necessarily. But, how do you know the appropriate amount of guidance, support, structure at any given age or stage?

Parenting teens is a dance, and the parents are the leaders. But as young teens grow into young adults, parents start giving dance lessons, because we want to raise young people who will lead in their lives.

Families with tweens and teens are in leadership training, so I will help both parents and youth develop and implement the leadership skills they need to raise, become, and launch independent, thriving young adults.

With the right kind of support your family will thrive.

You will renew your faith in your ability to raise an independent child with the kind of heart and mind that you always knew was possible.

Co-parents will learn to work with each other rather than against through agreements and commitments to the family’s growth and well-being.

It will be hard work. Change always is.

If you have been doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, you are probably feeling either insane or very, very disappointed.

Perhaps you are even sad or afraid, questioning yourself.

It is time to reset.

Give me a call for an exploratory conversation.

I believe in you and in a parent’s inner wisdom. Reaching out, asking for help – that is evidence of your love for your family.

I respect that and am honored by the opportunity to partner with you.

Call (415) 203-6600.

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