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Joyful Parenting

Has the thought “I didn’t sign up for this” ever crossed your mind? You’re not alone! So many parents had great expectations and ideals about what family life would be—then came reality. Between the sleepless nights, eating battles, and temper tantrums of the early years to the eye-rolling, backtalk, and all-out wars of the preteen and teenage years, somewhere alone the line, things fell out of step. I’m here to help you get back on track, or start out right in the first place.

Daily, we are bombarded by parenting fads and well-meaning friends whose advice and strategies don’t work in the long run. But there’s a secret to joyful parenting, and it starts with a tried-and-true parenting philosophy rooted in the Bible. I’m here to offer quick tips and lifelong strategies that help you rediscover your leadership role in the home with God at the forefront, ultimately transforming your parenting and your home.

There is a joy in parenting. I’ll help you discover it.

"You’ve Got This" with Sarah Hamaker

A podcast to encourage and equip moms along their parenting journey.

Coming soon! Join me each week on my “You’ve Got This” podcast. I’ll interview moms like you about the challenges, joys and rewards of raising kids. Parenting might be hard sometimes, but don’t worry—you’ve got this.

"You’ve Got This" with Sarah Hamaker

A podcast to encourage and equip moms along their parenting journey.

Coming soon!

Sept. 29th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at The Heart-Based Approach to Parenting: Did You Say Something?

Are you tired of repeating yourself when talking to your kids? Do you think your child has a hearing problem when it comes to listening to your instructions? This biblically based, heart-based approach to parenting seminar will help moms learn how to get their kids to listen the first time.

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Sept. 29th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at The Heart-Based Approach to Parenting: Did You Say Something?

Oct. 20th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at The Heart-Based Approach to Parenting: But I’m NOT Gonna Do It!

What can a parent do when punishments seem to have little or no impact on a child's behavior? This biblically based, heart-based approach to parenting seminar will help moms and dads understand the purpose of consequences and how to use them effectively to reach their children's hearts.

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Oct. 20th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at The Heart-Based Approach to Parenting: But I’m NOT Gonna Do It!

Oct. 24th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at the Good & Mad Workshop: Helping Kids Overcome Their Anger From a Biblical Perspective

Is one child disrupting your entire household because of his or her anger? Are you tired of dealing with this particular child's anger issues over and over again? The Good & Mad: Helping Kids Overcome Their Anger From a Biblical Perspective will help Christian parents identify the core issue with their “problem child,” and provide proven techniques to bring immediate relief to the entire household.

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Oct. 24th | Fairfax, Va.

Meet Sarah in person at the Good & Mad Workshop: Helping Kids Overcome Their Anger From a Biblical Perspective

The Creativity of Boredom

With summer right around the corner, parents will soon hear cries of “I’m bored” from their children. But is being bored such a terrible thing? Boredom is a relatively new thing, as children of previous centuries had not free time in which to be bored. In fact, if a medieval

Beating the Boredom Blues, May 2013

By Sarah Hamaker “I am never bored anywhere: being bored is an insult to oneself.” --Jules Renard, French author Today’s children are often bored. Bored with toys, bored with time, bored unless someone plans their every waking moment. But boredom is a relatively new phenomenon, one that crept into our

Partying Like a Graduate

Q: My high school senior wants to go to a party after graduation. The location will be a classmates house, but I’ve been unable to receive satisfactory answers as to whether the parents will be home. I know she wants to celebrate with her friends, but after reading so much

Talk is Cheap

If ever there was a parenting myth that has gained prominence in today’s child rearing culture, it’s the one that says you can reason your child into proper behavior. I have a hard time keeping a straight face when I hear that one. The cold, hard reality is that you

Racy Photos

Q: I recently confiscated my teenager’s phone for another infraction and discovered photographs of a graphic, sexual nature. I’m unsure whether my son sent this to someone or had the photos sent to him, or simply downloaded them from the Internet. I’m not sure what to do. On the one

The Victory of Failure

What do I mean by the title of this blog, that failure can be a victory? Simply this: Children need to experience pain and discomfort in order to properly negotiate life. Often, parents try to minimize the amount of pain and frustration in their children’s lives because it makes kids

The Mom Connection (Episode 3)

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Navigating Our Children’s Friendships (Episode 2)

“I think as parents, we want our kids to succeed and develop solid connections,” Courtney says. “It’s almost heart wrenching when that doesn’t work out with their friends.”

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The Wonderful, Wacky World of Teenage Daughters (Episode 1)

“There’s some underlying truth to the thought that having teenagers is hard, but having any child is hard,” Elizabeth said. “Girls come with their own package—we refer to ours as the ‘house of hormones.’ … But I think there’s a lot of fear [out there], and people only hear the negative stories sometimes.”

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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.