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....
How do you feel after a battle with your strong willed child?

How do you feel after a battle with your strong willed child?

Relieving Mummy/Daddy Guilt After Confrontation – How to Allow Your Strong-Willed Child To Be Themselves AND Keep Your Cool Enjoy this month’s video where I share my 3 tips on staying in control of a power struggle with your strong willed child. The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment below.    ...
Are you fulfilled?

Are you fulfilled?

When you know you want more. When life keeps dropping you hints. When you know you’re capable of more in life. When you feel envious of others. And there’s that gnawing feeling inside that won’t go away. Unfulfilled. Is that what it is? You feel unfulfilled. It can be the feeling that makes you snap at the kids or your partner or feel gloomy for ‘no apparent reason’. It’s the feeling that won’t let up until you delve into it, acknowledge it and give it room to voice itself and discover exactly what it is that you feel is missing. Have you ever had this feeling? Do you feel it now? That feeling is the driving force, which when acknowledged can be the catalyst which leads your happiness to a whole new level. I urge you to listen to it and give it some space. In this episode, I talk about how you can begin to do just that… The thing we love the most is hearing from our fabulous community. Some of the greatest insights come directly from you. Leave a comment...
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...
It get’s a little crazy now and then with kids. Here’s how to enjoy it…

It get’s a little crazy now and then with kids. Here’s how to enjoy it…

Do you want your shopping trip to look like this…? But is the reality more like this…?   We have all been there. It’s the last week before school starts, the shops are busy, you have a list as long as your arm of things to buy for school and woe betide if you buy the wrong pencil case or forget the 5 glue sticks and with shoes to buy too there is only one thing for it. You must shop with the kids…cue stress. Cue tantrums, arguments, tears all culminating in you worrying even more that you have so much to do and could do without spending half an hour selecting pencils!   Ok, let’s see if I can relieve some of that for you and give you a way of managing this scenario better to leave you feeling more at ease with the whole process.   It’s all about being able to fully immerse yourself and here’s how…  ...
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