Imagine a world where
parents and children showed respect towards each other.
Imagine not yelling at your children. Imagine
having chores done with little or no chaos. A
Parenting Coach can make the difference in how we
parent our children.
Does this dialogue sound
Mom: “Johnny, make
your bed.” (Ordering)
Johnny: “I don’t want to.” (Talking back)
Mom: “I said, make your bed!” (Demanding)
Johnny: “You can’t make me!” (Severe disrespect)
Mom: “Johnny, how many times have I told you to do
what you are told?” (Impossible question- if Johnny were
quick- he would say “19”!)
Johnny: “Leave me alone!” (Rejection of authority)
Mom: “That’s it, no TV tonight! ” (Frustration,
giving up, punishment and the bed is still not made).
Three, four and five-year
old children are being identified with severe behavior
issues. Teens are talking back, refusing to participate
in family life. Parents are yelling at the kids
and the kids are hitting and kicking their parents.
We have chaos in our homes. Parents are looking for
answers. Parents are crying out for help to create
a home life free of yelling.
In 1988, my family made a cross-country trip from San
Francisco, CA to New London, CT. We stopped in
Kalona, Iowa and stayed with a friend that I had not
seen in ten years. She and her husband had eight
children under the age of eleven. I had one
three–year-old son. My friend was a stay–at-home
mom and planned to home school her children until they
reached high school age.
When we were greeted at the
door, nine sets of eyes were peering at us from every
angle. My first thought was that my friend and I
would have very little time to catch up on ten years.
To my surprise, we not only caught up on our respective
lives but I had been witness to some of the best
parenting I have ever seen.
Over the years, as I was
struggling with my own parenting, I often thought of my
friend in Iowa. I just couldn’t figure out how to
implement what I saw her and her husband doing. I
was completely stumped. How would I ever figure
out how to make my kids listen, to pitch in and to not
Look for part 2 of this
article on the making of a
where I tell you how I figured this out and used the
techniques of a parenting coach to become a calm parent.
Or, don’t wait
and don’t hesitate to contact Susan for a
Susan P, Epstein, LCSW,
parent coach and
family coach, works with parents and families
looking for satisfaction, balance and growth.
Susan is an expert in the areas of family dynamics,
parenting and child development and her unique blend of
therapy and coaching combine to make her a powerful
catalyst for change.
She practiced psychotherapy for 23 years before becoming
a coach, writer and speaker. Susan graduated from
University of California at Berkeley School of Social
Welfare. She is a licensed clinical social worker
in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Susan also
completed training with the Coaches Training Institute,
an internationally accredited coach training
more about Susan.
Articles and Specialties of Susan Epstein:
Family Coach: Six
Tips to Less Stress at Home
Grief Coach: Advice
on Helping Children Grieve the Loss of a Family Member:
The Making of a Teen
Teen Life Coach
Riffs on the College Homesick Blues
Teen Life Coaching Workshop
Teen Life Coaching:
Drugs and Alcohol
Family Coach: Six Tips
for Enjoying Your Kids While Working From Home
Coaching: Through the Generation Gap
Coaching in the Fast Lane (workshop)
Attention Parents! No More Yelling! (part 2)
Rediscover the Joy
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