About Parent Coach NoVa

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Parent Coach NoVa offers parent coaching to individuals and gives presentations to groups of all sizes. Parent Coach NoVa provides a commonsense and practical approach to child rearing, following Leadership Parenting™ principles and a Biblical Parenting Coach through the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

What is parent coaching?
A parent coach guides parents through a process whereby bad parenting habits are identified, discussed and corrected. Parent coaches also assist parents in learning successful behaviors absent from their current parenting repertoire. Parent coaching transforms parenting by helping parents rediscover their leadership role in the home.

A certified parenting coach comes alongside parents—both couples and singles—and helps them to become better parents. It is not therapy in any sense of the word.

Leadership Parenting™ gives parents the underlying philosophy that will assist them in child rearing. Leadership Parenting encompasses decisiveness, minimal explanations and clear boundaries between parents and child. A Leadership Parenting Coach™ uses positive and affirmative coaching to help parents realize their own leadership potential.

Children often are not as clued in to what goes on in their hearts as we adults can be. They often confuse emotions, miss cues and ignore their conscience. Under the Biblical Parenting Coach program, the heart-based approach helps parents teach their children to unlock the secrets of their own hearts in order to grow in their self-knowledge, and, more importantly, in their walk with God. By focusing on the inner life of a child rather than the outer obedience, the parent will have more success in guiding their child to better behavior and better choices. Of course, there’s no guarantees but this approach offers parents and children more hope for a better future, one that’s grounded not in good behavior, but in a softer heart that’s more tuned to God.

Who is Parent Coach NoVa?
Sarah Hamaker started Parent Coach NoVa in the fall of 2012. She is a certified Leadership Parenting Coach through the John Rosemond Leadership Parenting Institute. She’s also a trained Biblical Parenting Coach. She brings a varied background to parent coaching. Her parents took in more than 40 foster children during her teen and college years, and she experienced first-hand how traditional parenting worked with a myriad of children from different backgrounds.

Her best credentials are being a mother to her two girls and two boys. “I often feel like I’m swimming against the current parenting tide by following a more traditional approach to child rearing,” she says. “But I can see the value of not embracing the latest parenting fad and focusing instead on raising self-reliant, self-confident, and respectful children. I’m taking into account the future in child rearing, and that means sacrificing some short-term comforts for long-term gains.”

A Virginia native, Sarah and her husband live in the City of Fairfax with their four children and two cats. She has experience speaking to groups, and can talk on a variety of parenting issues.

P-NCBPLogoSarah is also a trained presenter for the National Center for Biblical Parenting.

What should I expect in a private coaching session?
Each private coaching session begins with an interview-based evaluation of the family. This helps define the child-rearing problem areas and the goals of the parents. Once that is completed, the coach will work with the parents on a strategy to solve problems and assist the parents in becoming leadership parents.

The process entails more coach participation on the front end, with that involvement gradually lessening as the parents become more confident in their own parenting. The coach will be available to answer any questions that occur after completion of the initial plan.

What should I expect under the biblical coaching program?
This is a heart-based approach to parenting. “Miracles happen in the lives of families when they implement this approach.” During the program, you will receive access to a parent coaching website that provides instructional videos, handouts, downloads, forms, and ideas for working with your child.

What services does Sarah offer?
Sarah offers a variety of services, including

  • In-Person Meetings
  • Phone Consultations
  • Group Presentations
  • Online Presentations
  • Email Questions

What does parent coaching cost?
Sarah offers a free phone consultation to help determine your parent coach needs (fill out the form on her Contact page to request the consultation). Cost varies, depending on what assistance is requested. Generally Sarah charges $75 an hour for one-on-one coaching. Leadership Parenting coaching starts at $200 for the initial family assessment and coaching plan (based on phone-only interactions). The biblical parent coaching program starts at $300 (based on phone-only interactions). Please contact Sarah for specific pricing and details for your situation.

Speaker Bio: As a certified Leadership Parenting Coach™, Sarah Hamaker guides parents in identifying, discussing and correcting bad parenting habits. She brings a varied background to parent coaching. Her parents took in more than 40 foster children during her teen and college years, and she experienced firsthand how traditional parenting worked with a myriad of children from different backgrounds. She has two girls and two boys between the ages of 7 and 13.

Sarah blogs about parenting on her website, www.parentcoachnova.com, and is a frequent writer on parenting issues for the Washington Post’s On Parenting blog and in the Local Living print edition. She’s also one of the featured parent coaches on www.parentguru.com. Her book Ending Sibling Rivalry: Moving Your Kids From War to Peace is available now.

What clients are saying about Parent Coach NoVa and Sarah:
I love the tools that I’ve learned over these weeks with the biblical parent coaching program, and have appreciated the way this program is super positive. This helped me see how my seven-year-old son is very reachable—before, I really felt like he was unreachable. This program taught me how to reach him and to reconnect with him.
–C.W., Connecticut

I was at my wit’s end with my three-year-old son, who had started challenging me at every turn. I reached out to Sarah for guidance on establishing a bedtime routine that did not involve my son getting up every 5 minutes. Sarah offered me a tried-and-true, practical solution that empowered him with the option of taking control of the situation. He quickly learned that if he opted to get out of bed more than once that there would be a consequence for his actions.
–T.S., Pennsylvania

The thought of potty training my son was daunting. I checked out some books from the library on potty training, but after reading them, realized the advice given within was not very sound (who has heard of a toddler being attached to his bowel movement and why should I stop the process of potty training once I’ve started as suggested by T. Berry Brazelton?!). I was fortunate to discuss potty training with Sarah and was so happy to hear that it doesn’t have to be a difficult process. On her recommendation, I read through John Rosemond’s Toilet Training Without Tantrums in several hours, bought a potty seat that evening, and potty trained my son in a couple weeks. I am so glad I had Sarah’s commonsensical yet empowering advice to help me with potty training.
–J.R., Virginia

 

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