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Positive Parenting

For the past 25 years, Barbara Joy has been offering education, encouragement and insight to people who want to create a more fulfilling life. Barbara's Positive Parenting Coaching has helped many families begin to enjoy their family relationships again and truly experience the "joy" of parenting. Coaching is available in both a class or workshop atmosphere or private sessions scheduled at your convenience. Barbara invites you to browse through this web site and evaluate if a Parenting Coach would assist you in becoming the successful parent you were meant to be.

Would You Benefit from a Parenting Coach?

  • Do you want to be the best parent you can be and not quite sure of how to be it?
  • Do you want to learn more positive ways to discipline?
  • Since becoming a parent, do you sometimes feel like a fish out of water?
  • Do you know how to:
    - Choose your battles
    - Set limits
    - Be consistent
    - Have more realistic expectations
    - Implement logical consequences
  • Do you feel good about the ways you handle stress and anger - yours and your childs?
  • Do you feel like you have lost your individuality? Are you taking care of you?
  • When was the last time you had a date with your partner?
  • Do you sometimes find yourself yelling, threatening, bribing, saying NO all day long because you don't know what else to do?

Postive Parenting Coaching will help you with all of the above questions and many more. The result is a more confident parenting style for you and a better atmosphere for your children to learn and grow.

Coaching IS:

A relationship: Coaching is a professional relationship that enhancs the client's ability to effectively focus on learning, making changes, achieving desired goals and experiencing fulfillment. (The Association of Personal & Professional Coaches).

Coaching is NOT:

Therapy: Although the process and results of coaching can be therapeutic, coaching is not therapy. The focus of coaching is indentifying target performance and developing strategic actions and thinking processes that will move toward achievement of those target goals.

Consulting: Consulting offers the answers and expertise in a specific area. Coaching facilitates discovery by assisting clients in finding their own unique answers. Many coaches have consulting expertise that can be integrated with coaching. It is important to be clear with a client and to distinguish what is coaching and what is consulting.

Training: In training, there is a specific learning agenda and the trainer's job is to provide a structure for learning a specific skills set or body of information. In coaching, the client designs the agenda and the coach's job is to hold the focus on whatever agenda the client designs.

Essential Elements of Coaching:
  • Occurs over time
  • Operates from a client initiated agenda
  • Based on a designed alliance
  • Fosters discovery and self-learning
  • Builds awareness and responsibility
  • Is proactive and responsive
  • Refers to other professionals (therapists, consultants, etc.) as appropriate
  • Includes some form of planning and goal setting
  • Client is held accountable
  • Addresses attitude and behavior

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