Parenting doesn’t come naturally to everyone. When poor outcomes start to crop up in children as the result of bad parenting, many parents realize that they may need some guidance. Some, seek it from day one. Either way, the services of a parenting coach can give parents incredible peace of mind.
As a parenting coach, you can help to soothe the fears of new parents and ease them into the demands of parenting. Or, work with families with older children to ensure that the kids grow up healthy. Other times it might be to acknowledge that children may have behavior difficulties or other problems such as AD/ADHD. In this case, you can guide them to the proper resources.
Early Childhood Development
Being a parenting coach for parents with babies and toddlers tends to focus on boosting the child’s “learning” years. Depending on the parent’s area of concern, your work might include ensuring the child gets adequate socialization and perhaps most importantly to bond with their child.
When you deal with parents with older children, things become somewhat more complicated.
Communication Skill Development
Communication is a vital part of parenting. Making sure that there is a functional understanding between parent and child will be one of your main goals. Teenage children are prone to conflict with the family unit. But, with you there to help delineate what can reasonably be expected of a teenage child, you and your client can begin the process of setting appropriate boundaries while reaffirming the ongoing role of the parent.
Coaches in this field should have extensive experience with children. People with education in child-focused areas like early childhood development and education make the best candidates. You could also apply your own parenting experience if you have children of your own. However, in this instance, you will need to become certified.
Certifications from the Parent Coach Institute also help build credibility and a professional image for qualified child development workers and caregivers. They can help fill the gap between working with the child and educating the parent. People working in areas involving children are always under much more scrutiny than other professionals and should be. Investing in such a credential proves to prospective clients the coach takes their part in helping shape the clients’ children’s lives very seriously.