Parent Coach Nova2019-11-08T17:53:30+00:00

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“I feel like I’m not doing enough.”


“I’ve read all the parenting books and blogs, but I’m overwhelmed about where to start.”


“I feel like I don’t have the right strategies in place.”


“I don’t want our children’s behavior to get worse—I want it to get better.”


Raising kids in the fear and admonition of the Lord is an awesome responsibility. But sometimes, that responsibility can weigh heavily on us. We know our kids should do the right thing without external motivation, but we’re not sure how to teach them.


You want to give your kids the best foundation possible.


You’re tired of telling them how to act all the time.


But you don’t have time to figure out how to build it on your own.


Let me give you with the tools and strategies that will ensure a better present—and future—for your family.


Take the first step toward the future you’ve always envisioned for your family and book a call with me today.

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Helping Your Teen Figure Out Life After High School (Episode 67)

“We just encouraged our kids to try different things. Our kind of rule of thumb in our household was try it for a season before quitting,” Doug said. “We are not trying to put our goals and ambitions on our kids. My advice to my kids was to find something that wakes you up 30 minutes before your alarm every day and do that. And that something didn’t necessarily mean going to college.”

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Feeding Your Picky Eater (Episode 66)

“It's really, really frustrating when you are faced with a toddler or a child who doesn't want to eat. We've spent a lot of time making dinner, and we want to sit down and have a nice family dinner together,” Orlena said. “Our ideas are about our children eating healthily and nicely, and connecting with our kids, but the reality is hugely different. … [But] toddlers’ tastes change, and it's really normal to see what we call picky eating.”

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How to Teach Your Child Grit (Episode 65)

“Grit is the quality in a person to stay committed to a goal even when it starts to get hard and boring,” Emirick said. “It’s the quality to see things through and to push through the hardness without getting turned off by hard work. .. The number-one killer of grit I’ve noticed is when we tend to overpraise our children’s natural abilities, which gives our kids a false sense of invincibility for not even trying.”

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Making Memories On the Road (Episode 64)

“I think I have much more fun when I travel with my kids. They almost give you like a license for fun,” Pam said. “Road trips provide tons of memories that you never even plan for. … It’s more than the destination. We’re really building on that family fabric.”

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Top Life Skills Kids Should Learn Before Heading to College (Episode 63)

“What I’m noticing is that a lot of [my young employees] are not developing the world skills that they’ll need to be successful beyond school. … I have had a lot of the same conversations with them over the years on how to purchase a car, how to get into an apartment, or a whole variety of things that they didn’t have the chance to learn while they were at home or at school,” Josh said. “A lot of [young people] are now looking to their employer to help raise them. … Oftentimes as their first boss, I’m seeing the gaps that those lack of experiences are creating.”

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Getting Concrete on Creative Consequences

The usual consequences don’t seem to be working for three rambunctious boys. This dad asks for suggestions on how to make consequences memorable enough for their three young boys, especially when those boys share a room. Q: We have successfully used tickets with our oldest two (now delightful and responsible

A Hasty Word

Every parent has had at least one moment when frustration over a child’s misbehavior or inaction triggers an over-the-top consequence, like “you’re grounded until you turn 18” spoken to a five-year-old. I give this mom pointers on how to backtrack from such a consequence, plus a game plan for moving

Chore In-completion

Having a child not follow through on a task can be very frustrating for both parent and child. We find ourselves devolving into a nagging beast, always on the child or teen’s case to get the job done, and our kid feels like all we ever do is complain about

Breathing Room

Ever notice that being trapped inside for several days because of weather or sickness can unleash the worst behavior from our children? While family members who play together do indeed develop a deeper relationship with each other, too much togetherness can breed undesirable behaviors. In this week's video, I give

9 Ways to Raise a Reader

If you haven’t heard, Amazon recently released Kindle Kids, just in time for the holidays. Why the regular Kindle wasn’t good enough for kids, I haven’t a clue, but the online retailer touted Kindle Kids as “the first-ever dedicated reading experience built just for kids.” Which made me laugh, because

Engineering One-on-One Time

When other parents learn we have four kids, their first response is usually along the lines of “How do you juggle all those kids?” That question is generally followed by another: “How do you find time for you kids?” We have deliberately scheduled individual time with each of our kids

School Year Resolutions for Parents

This year, I will support my student by …


• Not micromanaging homework. • Enforcing technology curfews. • Insisting on a schedule with plenty of free time.