I believe parenting anxiety is the byproduct of parenting alone or in isolation. We were intended to parent in supportive groups, tribes, villages and societies. Let’s face it, society is anything but supportive right now.

Asking for help requires bravery and of course vulnerability. When the majority of humanity lived in tribes or even when Western culture institutions worked better, help was in every knowing nod. Aunties went with you every morning to carry the water back to the village.

They knew your kids almost as well as you did, protected them and guided them as their own. Their knowing interventions were welcome. As Western society developed, we still had neighborhoods where kids played in each other’s houses and organic conversations of support and mentorship were common among parents. Now life is too busy for much of that if we even trust our fellow villagers or neighbors anymore. Today, we can’t even talk about politics calmly much less share about our most personal triumphs and struggles with our kids. It’s no wonder, parents feel isolated.

Paradoxically this isolation occurs in the digital age when “connection” is just fingertips away. All of us need community to raise kids and none of us has the research data to support optimal outcomes because no one has raised a generation like this before. But we do know deep connection is what our hearts (and theirs) long for and we know conscious communication can get us there. Let’s normalize reaching out. It’s okay to ask for help. We all need that other adult mirror to partner with, nurture, guide and mentor.

Here are a few FAQS

WILL COACHING WORK WITH MY TROUBLED TEEN?
Your ability to influence comes from the way you communicate with your teen. If there are communication breakdowns, we’ll do everything we can to facilitate communication breakthroughs so you can co-create your teen’s future, together.
WHAT PARENTING STYLE DO YOU RECOMMEND?
My method is called Parenting Sociology, but it’s most like Conscious Parenting. Through communication, you’ll identify any power imbalances in your relationship which are causing behavior issues.
WILL MY TEENAGER’S RISKY BEHAVIOR STOP?
We’ll work together to uncover the reason why your child is engaging in risky behavior and what they need from you to begin making better choices. My background as a substance abuse counselor, history of family alcoholism, experience as a mother, and my own recovery have enabled me to help parents turn teens who are engaged or experimenting in risky behavior around. It’s never too late!
THERAPY, TREATMENT CENTER, OR COACHING – WHAT’S BEST FOR US?
Coaching can work in tandem with therapy and psychologists often refer clients to me. While therapy focuses on you or your teen, I focus on the relationship itself. Treatment centers –there are some great ones and bad ones. Some substance abuse programs for kids really save lives. But they do nothing or very little to improve the relationship between the parent and teen, because they remove the teen from the home environment and don’t work with the family system.
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