Parenting Philosophy

Proactive Parenting

Parents often accept the myth that there are inevitable challenges in raising our kids such as "terrible twos" or "sibling rivalry". I reject that notion and believe that we have an incredible ability to influence how our kids see, experience, and interact with the world. My work with parents is unique in that I help them proactively create and employ the vision they have for parenting and the hopes they have for their kids while avoiding the typical parenting traps. Anticipating and avoiding problems before they emerge is undoubtedly easier than resolving them once they occur.


Parents as Coaches

Regardless, struggles with raising kids are inevitable. A second quality that is unique to my approach is that I work with parents to be coaches or guides for their children. This strategy encourages parents to influence their child's behavior with the calm intentionality of an objective observer, allowing kids to experience them as supportive helpers rather than intimidating figures to be feared or passive "friends" to be ignored. I help parents establish guidelines, set boundaries, and enforce rules without letting their frustration, impatience, or feelings of personal failure interfere. Shifting this role with your kids can help minimize conflict, avoid power struggles, and have an incredibly positive influence on your relationship with your kids.

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