We use fitness coaches, business coaches and now parenting coaching is on the rise.

We use fitness coaches, business coaches and now parenting coaching is on the rise.

Hoogi Features in Mamma Mia. Written by Shauna Anderson. Click here to view original article   Melina was at her breaking point. With three kids and a full time job she was stretched and struggling. The kids didn’t behave. The house was chaos. She was always running late, she felt, as she puts it, like she was “spiralling out of control.” “I just wanted a day to run smoothly, as planned without everything f**king up.” She says she doesn’t like to ask for help, she has her ways and her beliefs and feels imposed upon when relatives or friends break what she sees as the parenting rules she has put in place. “When my husband looks after the kids he just lets them sit in front of their screens and forgets the structures I have, things just fall apart.”   So just like when she needed help with her diet and exercise Melina sought out the help of a fitness coach this time she is turning to a coach as well – a parenting coach. In this age of modern parenting where we second-guess everything we do the rise of parenting coaches isn’t surprising. “I used a business coach for our business why wouldn’t I use a parent coach?” Experts have noted a fundamental shift in the way parents parent over the last half a century. While we are busier than ever, we are more focused on our children than ever. Researchers say this child-centred parenting, with an overwhelming need to prioritize their children’s health and happiness is leading to a generation of anxious parents unsure of what to do....
To screen time or not to screen time? Mandie Spooner explains a Digital Detox

To screen time or not to screen time? Mandie Spooner explains a Digital Detox

Parenting in the digital world – with so many conflicting thoughts, feelings and emotions when it comes to families and technology, it can be hard to keep up.   I know I’m guilty of being on my phone a lot and often feel that pang of guilt when I know I really should put my phone down. There are times when my kids “catch” me scrolling on my phone, when I’m not entirely present for them and I know I am distracted. The thing is, screen time and devices can be really addictive and incredibly distracting, but can often bring a welcome escape from a busy day.   What I’m realising however, is that this distraction comes with a cost. My kids listen to me less, they feel more justified to use limitless technology themselves, and we engage with each other a lot less.   I don’t believe omitting technology altogether is the answer – it is a significant part of our present and future, and being online is important for many for work and lifesaving for others, who may not otherwise have access to information that can help them. I do think though that the answer may be to create boundaries around each person’s usage. Maybe what we need to do is have some balance around technology – embrace it, but manage it? Maybe that’s the answer?   In a quest to decide, I recently had a particularly insightful chat with Mandie Spooner from “Digital Detox – Be a Present Parent.” Mandie’s vision is to be able to support others to find the balance and discusses why this...
Parenting jobs are never ending, however feeling overwhelmed can be helped. Watch this video:

Parenting jobs are never ending, however feeling overwhelmed can be helped. Watch this video:

Becoming overwhelmed with the amount of tasks on your list is probably every busy parents battle and probably a daily one at that. Demands from school, friends, family, business, hobbies not to mention health and financial concerns, all add up to put pressure on us. But it’s ok, as this is perfectly normal and becoming overwhelmed is also ok. So take a deep breath and listen to my strategy for coping with overwhelm. The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment...
Beat the school morning blues with this simple idea…

Beat the school morning blues with this simple idea…

You’ve been up since 6am, you’ve battled the getting dressed stage, wrestled through breakfast, hunted for missing hats, readers and homework, discovered there is homework to complete and now, just when you are in the home-straight, there is the small matter of rallying your troops to the front door and into the car without shouting, screaming or collapsing into a jabbering heap. Know what I mean? You are not alone. I hear you. Have a go at this simple idea.   The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment...
If you have an agreement on who does what around the house, how explicit is it?

If you have an agreement on who does what around the house, how explicit is it?

‘It’s the same old argument every week when my partner comes home from work and scans the room with the expectation that our house should be spotless, dinner on the table and homework done. It seems to be forgotten that I work too!’ Does this sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone, with many couples citing similar causes of frustration. Many couples struggle to agree on the balance of responsibility in their home and the actual execution of that responsibility. And this is the subject of this episode of Parent’s Leading Change TV, where I share 3 simple ways for you to begin addressing this issue in your home and building a balance which works for you. I would love to hear how you tackle the responsibilities of parenting in your home and how you achieve greater levels of harmony for your family.   The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment...
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