Nicole has helped me be more the mother that I want to be. She has enabled me to see what is possible in my own parenting and helped me to get there.” – Elaina
What is Parent Coaching?
Parent Coaching is a professional relationship focused on helping you become the parent you want to be. Maybe you want to feel less stressed, more confident or relate to your kids more respectfully.
Some people seek Parent Coaching for a specific struggle, such as bedtime battles, toddler challenges or difficulty getting their kids to listen. As a parent coach, I walk with you through the struggles and challenges of raising children. We work together to create individualized solutions that will work for your kids and in your family.
[Parent Coaching] is magical! A tool nobody thinks of in my area of the world. It’s the answer to parents’ prayers!!” – Monica
Who Can Participate in Parent Coaching?
Parent Coaching is open to anyone who is caring for a child or children. That means, parents, foster parents, grandparents, married, co-parenting or single parents. You may attend alone, or you may attend with another adult who cares for your children.
What Do You Charge?
The cost is $100 per session, paid via PayPal prior to our meeting time. This cost includes unlimited email support between meetings.
I realize that the cost of Parent Coaching may make it impossible for you to participate. I am committed to helping parents be successful and I am willing to work with you to make it possible.
- Reduced fees are available on a limited basis, please ask for details
- Health Saving Accounts/Flexible Spending Accounts may reimburse Parent Coaching sessions, check with your provider prior to scheduling a meeting.
- Meetings can be scheduled on an as-needed basis
- Meeting frequency can depend on your budget for the month
Please contact me if you would like to discuss a discounted fee.
What to Expect:
After you book your appointment online, you will receive an email with the link to make a payment. Your appointment is confirmed once your payment has been received!
Approximately 24 hours before our scheduled meeting time, you will receive an email with a link to our online meeting (via Zoom). You will click on this link when it’s time for our appointment.
Once we’re both online, we will spend a few minutes talking about the coaching process and getting to know one another. You can ask any questions or get clarification at this time. Then, we will discuss your current challenges as well as hopes and goals for the future.
Meetings last 1 hour. At the end of the meeting, we will schedule a follow-up meeting 2 weeks later (or at a time that is convenient for you). You will also receive an email summary covering the suggestions and recommendations we discussed.
Free email support is provided between meetings. You are encouraged to email with success stories, questions, concerns or clarification at any time between meetings.
You fill out a form (the first time), you meet via video conference, then you get a bunch of notes. Then your life gets better 😉 ” – Natalie
What is Your Availability?
I attempt to accommodate your schedule as much as possible, even if that means early morning or late evening appointments. If you don’t see a time that works for you, send me an email and we can discuss alternative arrangements. Check my schedule here.
Do I need to live in the United States?
No! Parent Coaching is an international service. As long as you have a phone or internet access, and a desire to work on your parenting, we can work together! I have an international booking program, so you can see my availability in your time zone.
Does My Child/Children Need to Be Present?
I am happy to work with any family member who is present during our call. These are family issues, after all. However, your time and money are valuable and I would encourage you to consider trying to have at least one or two meetings without the children. This will give you time to vent, think and process without interruption. I know it is challenging to find time without the kids around, so let’s talk about scheduling a time works best for you.
Can We Talk on the Phone Instead?
Yes. If you would rather not meet online, if do not have access to a webcam, or if you have limited internet service, we can meet for coaching over the phone. Please request this specifically when making your appointment.
Can We Meet in Person?
Yes! I offer in-person sessions for parents in the St. Louis, Missouri area. We can meet at a neutral location (such as Starbucks) or in your home. A travel fee of $.57/mile will be added to the cost of our sessions.
Parent Coaching vs. Therapy
Parent Coaching is a relationship focused on helping you become the parent you want to be for your children. My role is to provide education, support, and encouragement as you begin to implement new strategies and techniques in your home. While my background as a mental health therapist and my continuing education in the field of positive parenting provide me with an expertise in this area, you are the expert on your child. We will work as a team to find the solutions that work for you and your family.
Therapy is a relationship based on overcoming obstacles due to a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Therapy is often focused on dealing with issues and challenges from your past and how these impact your current mental health. When you seek help from a therapist, you are not part of a “team.” The therapist is the professional and is expected to guide you to a deeper understanding and management of your mental health concerns.
As a parent coach, I do not provide therapy. If during our conversations I feel that you, your spouse or child would benefit from therapy, I will encourage you to seek therapy from a qualified mental health provider in your area. If you are currently working with a therapist, I am happy to support that relationship and will coordinate care as requested.
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Still Have More Questions?
Hi! I’m Nicole Schwarz. Thanks for checking out these parent coaching FAQ’s. If you’re not quite ready to set up a coaching session, make sure you’re on my newsletter list, so you can get helpful parenting posts right to your inbox.
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I look forward to talking with you soon!