Parent Coaching Frequently Asked Questions

If you have never heard of parent coaching or a parent coach, you are not alone. Click on the below parent coaching FAQs to answer the most common questions. If you still have questions, please send me an email and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

What is a Parent Coach?

A Parent Coach is an expert in child development, child behaviors and parenting. Parent coaching is a partnership between parents and a coach to help create change in their parenting life, which helps create change in their child’s behavior. As your parenting coach, I will provide parenting advice and proven parenting strategies to help your family thrive. Additionally, being a Certified Parent Coach means I have completed an extensive certification program to help parents with all challenging behaviors as well as a special concentration in trauma informed parenting techniques and neurodiversity.

How does Parent Coaching differ from therapy?

As a Parent Coach I am NOT a therapist or counselor. A Parent Coach cannot diagnose a child who has a suspected disorder, nor can a parent coach provide treatment related to a known or suspected diagnosis. Parent coaching teaches parents how to strengthen their relationship with their child and how to be a more effective parent to their child. Unlike therapy, parent coaching focuses heavily on hands-on parenting solutions and real life application. Parent coaching does not seek to resolve past events with your child. Parent coaching focuses on providing parenting help and guidance for your current daily life parenting struggles and how to improve your family. As your Parent Coach I will provide parent education and parenting resources regarding the various developmental and behavioral challenges you are facing to help you successfully navigate your child’s behavior. If additional help or support is needed for treatment or diagnosis a referral to a therapist will be made.

How do I know if I could benefit from Parent Coaching?

A Parent Coach provides parenting help and parenting solutions when parents are struggling with challenging behaviors in their child. If you feel like you are lacking parenting support or need a parenting guide who can help you figure out what to try next with your child or you feel like your child just doesn’t respond to “typical” parenting advice, a parent coach can help.

As a Certified Parent Coach, empowering parents by helping them find the right parenting solutions that work for their child is what I do. I work with all stages and ages, from infancy through young adulthood, so no matter where your child is at in their development or if you are struggling with multiple children, I’ve got you covered. Additionally, I also have extensive experience helping parents with children who struggle with intense emotional responses, sensory processing struggles, Autism, ADHD, child disorders (e.g. Reactive Attachment Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, etc), and children who have anxiety or have experienced trauma or divorce. So if you feel alone in your parenting struggles or you are at a loss of how you can help your child, a parent coach can help.

If you are curious to find out what parent coaching is like, I’d love to show you for free! Click here to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.

Are parent coaching appointments held in person or virtually?

I offer virtual, telephonic or in-person coaching depending on the service you would like. For virtual coaching, you will be emailed an invitation to access your appointment via Zoom once you have scheduled your appointment.

For certain services, I offer in-person appointments if you are located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. If you would like an in-person appointment and you do not see that option while booking your appointment, you may send me an email so I can help you with your request.

Do I need to download something on my computer or phone for my virtual meeting?

Yes! Our virtual meetings work best when you have downloaded Zoom to your device or computer prior to our first meeting. I recommend you allow your camera to be used during the session to make the appointment feel more connected.

If you would prefer not to use Zoom, please notify me as soon as possible. I offer What’s App or a telephone call as an alternative to using Zoom or, for certain appointment types, in-person meetings are also an option for those that live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

Who should attend a parent coaching appointment?

Usually our parent coaching appointments are for parents only. This allows parents to remain the authority in their child’s life and be able to speak openly about their parenting challenges.

However I recognize that there are times when you may like a parent coach to observe your child or help in a more direct way. If this is the case, in-home appointments are available. Please inform me of this request prior to our session and I will discuss options for having children present during appointments.

Change can happens faster with consistency. Therefore, you may attend your coaching sessions by yourself or you are welcome to invite your spouse, partner or other significant caregiver to attend with you at no extra charge. During your registration process please specify who else you would like included in your session and their contact information so I can be sure to include them on any meeting invites.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, no. Parent coaching is private pay only. However I believe strongly in every parent receiving the support they need so their children can thrive. So please do not let price be a barrier to services. I offer additional payment plans as well as a generosity program if you are not able to pay my full rate. If you decide you would like to continue to use my services after our free consultation we can discuss which option would work best for you if needed.

Because parent coaching is not therapy and does not diagnosis using the DSM-V, Happy Parenting & Families does not accept any insurance. Additionally Parent Coaching does not qualify as a HSA or FSA eligible expense. Some employers do allow coverage for parent coaching through their Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). Please check with your Human Resources department to see if Parent Coaching is a covered service through EAP.

If your Human Resources department needs more information regarding my services to determine if it would qualify for their EAP services I would be happy to discuss this with them. You may have them call me directly at 612-440-1477.

How do I make payment?

An invoice will be sent to you after you schedule your first appointment. Your first payment is due before your first appointment. Any future invoices are typically issued on a monthly basis with payment due upon receipt.

I use a 3rd party vendor to send invoices and securely process all payment transactions. You may pay by credit card, ACH transaction or check. While you may elect to save your credit card information on the payment processing site for ease of future payments, I do not store any of your payment information on my site.

Are results guaranteed?

At Happy Parenting & Families I pride myself in delivering tangible results that you can see in your day-to-day life with your child. As with any human behavior, I cannot completely eliminate all challenging behaviors. My goal is to work with you to teach you the parenting tools that will change your relationships as well as your child’s behavior so that the undesirable behavior your child exhibits occurs less frequently and with less intensity and less time before resolution. The success you experience will directly correlate to your ability to practice the parenting tools and techniques I teach you in your every day life with your child. But don’t worry, I provide support, structure and accountability during your coaching sessions so you can parent with confidence to experience the changes you desire.

Due to the nature of this work, my results cannot be guaranteed, however I am confident you will be happy with my services and your experience. If you believe you are not seeing the change you expected, I invite you to reach out to me at 612-440-1477 to discuss your needs so I can make it right. If after my attempt at resolution you are still unsatisfied with my services, you will be refunded for any services you have not yet received. Services that have already been delivered are not eligible for any refund.

How long do I need to participate in Parent Coaching before I will see a change in my child?
While each parent/caregiver, child and challenge has unique circumstances, most challenging behaviors can be improved in 4 – 8 sessions.
How often do I need to attend appointments?

The more consistent you are in applying my techniques and tools the quicker you will notice results. At Happy Parenting & Families I recommend bi-weekly (twice a month) scheduling to ensure your needs are being met and that progress is being made.

For those families that need less support in becoming consistent, monthly appointments are an option if you purchase a 4 or 8 session package.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

At Happy Parenting & Families I understand you have several demands in your life and that sometimes life with kids just gets crazy! If you need to cancel your appointment, I kindly request you cancel your appointment 48 hours in advance when possible to allow for another client to be scheduled into your time slot. When you cancel your appointment you will be given the opportunity to reschedule your appointment right away or wait to reschedule at a later time.

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