Coaching for Parents: What’s it all about?

I never understood what coaching was all about: performance coaching, life coaching, emotional coaching… what’s the point? I suppose like many things in life I dismissed it because I didn’t know what it was. But as a Management Team at Suffolk Babies we were looking at ways to enhance the support we offer to our clients that goes beyond baby classes and provide real and powerful change for people.

So I rocked up at the Coaching training still not really knowing what I was letting myself in for, but boy am I glad I went. It has changed my life for the better and I am really excited to be able to help you change your life too.

Coaching is about identifying where you are now, where you need to be and how to get there. This can be in any aspect of your life. Maybe you feel like there is something holding you back from achieving your goals, or maybe you don’t really know what your goals are yet.

Perhaps you have old fears that prevent you from doing the things you want to do in life, and you have got to the point where you really want to get over it and move on, but you need a bit of help to do so.

It could be that you are finding that negative emotions like anger, frustration, or anxiety are getting the better of you. This is particularly common in parenting and coping with the demands of parenthood. It’s very common to get into negative cycles of behaviour when dealing with your children, that leave you feeling even more frustrated and guilty afterwards when you berate yourself about how you could have handled the situation “better”.

But do you know what? You CAN feel better. You CAN change your behaviour and your thought patterns. Scientists used to think that once you’re an adult your brain is pretty much fixed and you are stuck with whatever negative emotions you are saddled with. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” However, research has conclusively shown that adults are able to change, grow, and learn new things. So if you are not happy with aspects of your life, it is perfectly possible to change them.

Jo and I have written quite a lot in this blog about being kind to yourself, facing your fears, parenting your toddler, celebrating your body, but how do you actually do all these things?

No doubt you know already that you want to be happier, healthier and more productive. It’s working out how to do that is the tricky part. It’s like when someone tells you “Don’t panic!” It’s easier said than done without the right tools. Through coaching we can work together to discover what is causing your difficulties. We can get rid of those negative emotions using some amazing techniques, fill you with positive feelings, and create a plan for the future that will lead you towards your goals.

If you are interested in finding out more, get in touch!



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