What role does a parenting coach play?

What role does a parenting coach play?
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What role does a parenting coach play?

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A parenting coach is very much like a personal trainer. We all know we are supposed to exercise, but having a personal trainer there who can say, "Lift with your knees," and let us know if we are doing it right. Also, hold us accountable, is what's really key. Parent coaching is really much the same. It's about having somebody provide those tools and watch us as we put them in action. My job is, really, hold parents accountable. First of all, make sure they are putting those parenting tools into action effectively, but then holding them accountable for the changes they want to see. The result of that is parents that are really confident that they can respond to whatever is going on, whatever disruption, or bad behavior shows up. Really establish a strong sense of a family team, a family unit; and enjoying your kids. Really, life is short, and that's what it's really all about.

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A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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