With all the voices fighting to get inside your head, is there any wonder your child rearing journey seems paralyzing at times? Pediatricians, classroom teachers, the media and well meaning friends and family can sometimes miss your intentions, as well as your child’s true potential. So when you are ready to develop your own strategic family plan, contracting the services of a life coach with the niche you need, can be one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make.
When is Life Coaching Appropriate for You?
Some coaches specialize while most are generalists. You’ll want to start by evaluating where your family needs to grow. Knowing this will go a long way in helping you interview coaching candidates. Services are most appropriate when you are ready to go beyond where your family is now, to where you may only have imagined possible. The future is as limiting as the extent to which you are willing to envision it. Getting you to your goal line on time is what some of the best life coaches are famous for.
The Web Is Flooded with Coaches. How Do I Choose One?
Check their track record and your gut. Do your due diligence. There may be adjustments when you first start coaching, but in a successful alliance even this experience will feel like putting on a well fitting glove. Look for testimonials from clients they’ve coached. Google them online and check out their credentials. Can they accommodate your schedule? Do you prefer your sessions to be from home early mornings or your office in the evening? Online or in-person? Identify your special needs, and then choose the person who will accommodate your highest priorities.
How Do I Optimize a Coaching Relationship?
Getting the most out of an intimate relationship requires weighing the outcomes against your reason for the commitment, and an alliance with a life coach is certainly no different. Just like hiring a golf coach to improve your swing, a life coach can help you harness the untapped potential in yourself and your entire family. Know where you want to be six (6) months from now and whether the coach has helped others reach similar goals? Begin your alliance with the end in mind and you will be rewarded with a successful coaching alliance that gets you there.
Adelaide Zindler, FP (Fearless Parent) is a Pre-school and Family Life Coach with a B.S. in Child Cevelopment: who found herself pregnant again after 23 years. If you are ready to explore coaching for your family, read her story, client testimonial, view her coaching resources along with her blogcast at: www.FearlessParenting.com.
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