Dial a Coach for Parenting Advice
Having trouble honing your parenting skills? Some parents in the same boat consult a parenting coach.
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Richfield, author of The Parent Coach: A New Approach To
Parenting In Today's Society, takes a different approach when he
coaches parents. He has developed a social and emotional coaching program that
includes cards with different scenarios, which include one in which a child is
being teased on the bus because she just got braces and one in which a child is
overly frustrated by homework.
"Each one of these cards targets a typical, compelling
encounter that gives a child information about what to do and not do when these
things happen," he says.
So what should frustrated parents do?
"If you talk to a family member, you know more about their
backgrounds so you have context to evaluate the advice, but you have no context
when advice is given over the phone by a stranger with ambiguous
credentials," he says.
"There are plenty of people to go to including
pediatricians who run parenting groups or can make appropriate referrals to
community-based professionals and services," he says.