We all know about coaching for sports teams. Have you ever thought
of a coach for the "game of life?" A coach is someone
who believes that you are creative, whole and resourceful and have
the answers within. Coaching offers you strategies, support, accountability
and clarity to move you forward with your dreams
want to go and how to get there.
life-changing results can occur with this approach.
A coach respects you, is interested in you, gives you undivided
attention and is dedicated to supporting your success. The coaching
relationship is based on mutual trust and honesty. A coach starts
with where you are now and looks to where you want to go. A coach
does not dwell in the past. A coach does not advise. A coach knows
you are in charge of the "agenda" and are the expert in
your life. A coach empowers you to appreciate your strengths and
develop strategies to overcome obstacles and fear. Once you have
these skills, you can then coach yourself to move beyond your goals
to an even higher level.
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Is Coaching for You?
Coaching would be a good fit for you if you can say...
I am ready for a change.
I realize change takes time.
I will do the work and exercises necessary to foster change.
I have either have a goal or would like to establish a goal
to achieve in 3-6-12 months.
I am ready to commit 100% and invest in myself.
Kathy's Coaching Programs Offer You Support to Find Connection,
Balance & Fulfillment In Your Life
Parent and Life Coaching
is the biggest job we take on in our lives. It takes the most time
and we feel the least confident of our skills and ability. We get
little clear guidance and a lot of mixed messages. We all make mistakes.
We have habits that are not effective, habits we picked up from
a myriad of sources. We strive to be the best we can for our children
but often feel we fall short of what we want to do. We find that
change is really difficult.
We live in a quick-fix culture that says buy this "silver
bullet" and everything will be better. Time is so precious
in our lives that we all long for a "quick fix." What
is now clear with the research is that there is no way to shortcut
changing behavior. Even when our intentions are clear about change,
it takes organization--and time and energy that are in short supply.
In addition, we need to practice our newfound skills. Just think
about your kids when they first learned to kick a soccer ball or
play the piano. Now, after several years of practicing it over and
over again with guidance, they are better, but it's a process they
are still working on.
Parent and life coaching can help us learn and grow by examining
our behaviors and helping us identify where we want to change and
how to go about it. Every parent deserves a coach to help them feel
connected and effective as parents and fulfilled as people. Coaching
can be a valuable life changing experience that not only impacts
you, but your entire family. Parents who decide to take the
time now/early, can develop new habits and attitudes that prevent
larger problems later.
Challenges can hit parents at any time from birth to beyond 18,
depending on many circumstances. Parents with a "spirited"
child can be challenged with their child's temperament and subsequent
behavioral challenges right from birth. A big worry time is for
parents of children about to enter middle or high school. Plus to
complicate matters, these 4th to 8th graders rapidly change developmentally,
physically and hormonally. It is hard to stay a step ahead of them.
A third common time of parenting stress is when feisty, spirited,
wonderful teen do their job of declaring independence from us
when they are not quite "ready." Their need for independence
and freedom can directly collide with our need for safety and our
responsibility for their well-being. Coaching can help parents at
all of these stages.
A parent often takes care of themselves last..or never. They put
aside their passions and joy to meet the demands of the day and
to enrich their children's lives. It is easy to become stressed-out,
resentful, or just plain drained when you have no joy feeding you.
A parent is often surprised to learn that taking care of his/her
needs first can make everyone in the family happier. Fostering connection
with one's spouse/significant other, extended family, and close friend--and
taking care of one's health and fitnes--are critical to a balanced
life. A parent who can find this balance is not only a more effective
parent but also a great role model for his/her children. Life coaching
is about focusing on personal growth, values and passions and what
is most important for you, in addition to parenting.
Dr. Kathy is a coach who can help.
She has a passion for kids and families and what it takes to
keep them healthy
As a pediatrician, she has an avid interest in connecting deeply with families and a focus on behavioral
and developmental problems,
As founder and program developer at Full Esteem Ahead for eight
years and now with Family Empowerment Network, she created organizations whose missions were/are to "help
adults help children and one another.
Through her years as a "parenting expert," the one thing
that became clear over and over again is that a parent has the best
insight into all the ingredients that make up the unique relationship
they have with their children. Parents are the "expert"
at knowing what is the best solution for their unique situation.
Kathy believes her clients are creative and resourceful. Kathy's
coaching assists parents to find that "expert" within,
their "inner teacher," that voice of truth that offers
guidance and power to deal with problems and change. Her coaching
helps good parents of younger children grow/change to become good
parents of teenagers to become good parents of adult children.
A Bit About Telephone Coaching
90% of coaching interactions are over the telephone. Telephone coaching
offers many advantages. It is very convenient, efficient and, for
some people, even more effective than face-to-face meetings. There
is unique information picked up on the phone that can be lost face
to face. It is especially helpful for people with very busy schedules.
If you live in the Portland or Seattle metro areas, coaching in person is available
or we can try a combination of phone/in person, according to your desires and