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

Does this sound

Familiar?

“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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Sarah’s parenting podcast

How Philippians 4:8 Informs Our Parenting (Episode 70)

“Often, we are so focused on a tiny piece of the picture, we can’t see the whole,” Tierney said. “We need to think about planning what we would love our ideal situations in parenting to look like. … Then we actually use our child’s strengths to make this ideal happen. … As we give our children autonomy, they take ownership over that in a new way.”

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The Gift of Sleep (Episode 69)

“Sleep deprivation is torturous. When we aren't sleeping well, we are not at our best,” Eva said. “I'm a little bit the scary person to be around when I don’t have enough sleep. … It's easy to forget that toddlers are little humans with similar needs: They need sleep, they need food, they need activity. When they don't get the sleep that they need, they are not able to function at 100%.”

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Opting Out of Mom Shaming (Episode 68)

“What mother has not lost it once in public [with her kids]? We have all been there,” Bernie said. “I’m a really big supporter of having a mom tribe, a mom village, and making sure that mom village is going to be a positive and supportive mom village because when mom shaming happens, it's so easy to get so caught up in that. … Let's hug each other more, let's squeeze that shoulder a little more. Check in a little bit more.”

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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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Curing the School Blues

When a child expresses hatred of school or a teacher, we often go into overdrive to ferret out the problem. But all too often, there generally isn’t something sinister going on. Here’s how you can figure out how to react when a kid says she “hates” school. Q: My second

The Witching Hour

What is it about the hours surrounding dinnertime that turns ordinarily well-behaved children into little monsters? I don’t have an answer to that question, but I can help a dad who needs guidance on making that time more pleasant for everyone. There are things you can do that will bring

Teaching Modesty To Girls and Boys

All too often, we ignore the question of modesty until the child hits puberty and then we scramble to cram in years of training into a few short months. This mom asks how much should she talk about this topic with a curious six-year-old. Start by discussing your family values,

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

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.