Parent Coaching (Part III) – What is Parent Coaching?

A painted picture will emerge that will identify the differences, benefits, and features inherent in or natural to the Parent Coaching process. Coaching differs from mentoring in that the coach is often out of, or retired from his or her career, while the mentor’s career is still active. Coaching and mentoring can be either paid or volunteer service. Some of the features are benefits and vice-versa.

This is the practice and application of guiding parents to effective and efficient parenting methods and skills, so that the parents can create their own successful parenting plan and family life. Parenting, after all, can be a daunting task. Primarily parent coaching is literally a process by which a person (the coach) helps identify parenting strengths and weaknesses. This coach supports the strengths, and suggests or directs the parent towards parenting solutions. RAH, RAH… Sis… Boom… Bah! Exactly. The parent-coach is a cross between a cheerleader and a tough football coach. Not unlike a football coach, the coach is teaching a younger generation based on his or her career and life experiences.

How will Parent Coaching Help Parents Change the Unwanted Behaviors in their Children?

Parenting success occurs through encouragement, motivation, training through direction, and teaching through education. The parent-coach guides the parents to success towards the parents’ own single definite end goal.

A parent-coach serves families, is dedicated to making a difference, and seeks to accomplish the goals of the parents through understanding the family relationships. Practicing the communication skills learned, parents will be well on their way to finding parenting solutions.

Parent coaching is the everyday achievement of parenting goals, and an empowerment model of support. It uses challenges, goal setting, and encouraging the parents to accept accountability for decisions and actions. Parent coaches, as the name implies, are there to serve the parents, to be a support, a mentor, and a clarifier.

Either one or both parents can be supported with this process. For instance, the parent-coach will perhaps deal with stress, help the family to communicate more effectively, or to solve discipline problems. Through this process, parents will discover how to set goals, to be accountable for the actions and decisions, and to accomplish a set communication strategy.

In many family situations, parents usually have a specific issue. An example might be helping a child study better, or solve a particular discipline problem. Parent coaching connects with the strengths, the style of relating to the world, the temperaments, and the skills of the parents. As necessary, the parents will be presented with specific methodology, template tools, and a system that follows the parents’ goals and style.

What are the Characteristics of the Professional Parent Coaching Process?

Being a parenting guide requires experience and wisdom, the ability to share effectively this knowledge and wisdom, and the techniques to be completely understood. In addition, this parenting guide will have the ability to approach people without being inflammatory, and have the ability to empower and encourage them. A good parent-coach will give parents the chance to learn, on their own, by making a few mistakes. These positive attributes of the parenting coach are often gained through having given seminars and workshops.

As you might suspect, ‘parent coaching’ finds is roots in executive coaching and life coaching. As I understand it, executive coaching started about 20 years ago. How time flies. Life coaching has branched into several smaller groups that are more specialized. Life coaching started about 10 years ago. Besides parenting coaching, life coaching includes health coaching, wellness coaching, sickness coaching, and reading coaching to name just a few.

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