Parent Coaching for Parents of Babies and Young Children
Are you the parent of a baby or young child?
Or of more than one baby or young child?
Are you feeling a little overwhelmed or challenged by how to stay connected to your child or partner and to parent through some of the difficult situations that can arise?
If so, you’re not alone.
Research shows* that:
- from the first trimester of pregnancy through the first year postpartum the steep decline of the partner relationship found in the majority of couples is harder for women and for second-time parents, but not as steep for those with a very strong relationship foundation
- parents of children under 5 and parents of more than one child under 5 tend to report that parenting is “a difficult task” even when behaviors are typical for the child’s developmental stage and even when the parents are resourced
- the birth of a sibling can be initially difficult for the older sibling and can lead to emotional and behavioral challenges for that sibling, as well as grief for the mother and the older child about changes to their relationship
- learning and using constructive, healthy conflict as parents (versus unhealthy conflict, like avoidance or snapping at your partner) can help children learn both appropriate ways to handle interpersonal difficulties and that healthy conflict is normal and natural
The good news is, you can learn concrete tools and practices to feel more grounded and confident in parenting, build and enhance your connection between you and your partner as well as to your children, and increase communication and understanding between all of you in the family system.
And the impact of feeling more grounded, confident, connected, and communicative as a family can resonate profoundly throughout the many years of raising and loving your child(ren) and your partner.
The early years are a time of tremendous growth and learning, both for parents and their children. We know the attachment and bonding that happens in families from pregnancy through age three is especially critical for children’s health and wellbeing.
We also know that these young years often pose stress for many families. They are the years when our children’s developmental needs are very high and parents can often feel overwhelmed, burned-out, and exhausted. We are frequently stretched beyond what we believe are our limits, which can take a toll on all of our relationships in the family.
I understand. I have been there myself as a parent.
But the good news is, I’ve also helped hundreds of families and their young children navigate their way to greater health, connection, and ease during these early years.
Parenting benefits from a team approach – having supportive people who understand what you are going through can help you to navigate the amazing and challenging journey of parenthood.
Seeking support for parenting when your children are young can help create a solid foundation for your family. It can help you to be the best version of yourself for your children and for your partner.
My passion is helping expectant and new parents to both have an easier transition to parenthood and provide their babies with a gentler landing into the family. It is watching a family develop this solid foundation and deeply thrive, not just in the early years, but as their children grow up as well.
With a background steeped in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (PhD), Counseling (MA), and Education (MA), more than two decades of working with families with young children, and many years of raising my own children, I’m able to bring an unusual depth of experience and understanding to my coaching work and classes with families.
I believe in early investment in the most essential relationships we will ever have. I believe that it is easier to prevent problems to the best of our abilities early on than to deal with them later. And I believe that starting a family off on the right foot can pay dividends for the lifetime of every person in that family.
Every family situation is unique. Find out if my grounded, gentle approach to helping you and your baby or young child both feel more connected and better able to ease through challenges is right for you.
All coaching is sold in packages: $606 USD for three 50-minute virtual sessions (good for 3 months from purchase), or $1182 USD for six 50-minute sessions (good for 6 months from purchase). [ A payment plan for the 6-session package is available for two monthly payments of $606 and $594 USD.] Please note that international coaching may incur additional fees for money transfers.
Coaching is not psychotherapy and is not billable through health insurance.
Preparing for Parenthood:
The 6-Week Interactive Experience for Expectant Parents
Are you expecting a baby? Do you want to strengthen your relationship with your partner and feel aligned, confident, and joyful as a couple in the transition to becoming a parent?
*Balsink Krieg, D. (2007). Does motherhood get easier the second-time around? Examining parenting stress and marital quality among mothers having their first or second child. Parenting Science and Practice, 7(2), 149—175. https://doi.org/10.1080/15295190701306912
*Baydar, N., Greek, A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (1997). A longitudinal study of the effects of the birth of a sibling during the first 6 years of life. Journal of Marriage and Family, 59(4), 939—956.
*Canário, C., & Figueiredo, B. (2016). Partner relationship from early pregnancy to 30 months postpartum: Gender and parity effects. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 5(4), 226–239. https://doi.org/10.1037/cfp0000066
*Cummings, E.M., & Wilson, A. (1999). Contexts of marital conflict and children’s emotional security: Exploring the distinction between constructive and destructive conflicts from the children’s perspective. In M. J. Cox & J. Brooks-Gunn (Eds.), Conflict and Cohesion in Families: Causes and Consequences, pp. 105–129. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.
*Demo, D.H., & Cox, M.J. (2000). Families with young children: A review of research in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 876—895.
*Frosch, C.A, Schoppe-Sullivan, S.J., & O’Banion, D.D. (2021). Parenting and child development: A relational health perspective. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 15(1), 45—59. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827619849028
*Nomaguchi, K., & Milie, M.A. (2020). Parenthood and wellbeing: A decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 82(1), 198—223. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12646
*O’Brien, M. (1996). Child-rearing difficulties reported by parents of infants and toddlers. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 21(3), 433—446.
*Voling, B.V. (2012). Family transitions following the birth of a sibling: An empirical review of changes in the firstborn’s adjustment. Psychological Bulletin, 138(3), 497—528. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026921