A parent coach is a highly-trained and knowledgeable professional whose primary role is to support and gently guide parents and caregivers as they deal with the challenges of raising healthy, happy, and successful children. A parent coach builds a relationship with the parents in order to provide a constant source of encouragement, compassion, and positivity.
Common parenting concerns that can be effectively addressed with the support of a parenting coach include:
Coping with parental separation/divorce
Constant power struggles
Bedtime and sleeping issues
Eating and mealtime routines
Behavior in public
Establishing authority as a parent
Concerns with developmental delays
Aggression/acting out behavior
Social behavior with peers
Dealing with life transitions
Advocating for your child at their school or daycare
A parent coach will help you identify your strengths as a parent, and build upon these strengths.
A parent coach will offer practical, research-based recommendations that take into account your time, schedule, resources, cultural and spiritual beliefs, and family structure.
A parent coach will maintain confidentiality at all times.
Dr. Egan believes that every parent has their child’s best interest at heart. Furthermore, she believes that every parent is doing their absolute best based on the resources available. Dr. Egan’s goal is to support parents as they tackle tough parenting issues. She will carefully listen to each concern, assess the individual needs of a child and his/her family, build on the strengths of both the parents and the child, and offer and demonstrate realistic suggestions based on the specific needs of the child and/or family.
She recognizes that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” approach to parenting; every child is an individual and therefore, may need an individualized approach to address concerning behavior.