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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

Forget Me Not

Q: What can we do when our fourth grader forgets to take her homework, lunch, violin, etc., with her to school? It used to not happen too often, but lately it seems that every week, she’s getting on the bus without something. I’ve been driving the item to school for

Halting the Helicopter Blades

We all want to protect our children, but we need to take care that our actions don’t overstep and become micromanagement. Micromanaging is a form of overprotecting our children. A micromanager exercises excessive control, especially over the details. The easiest way to derail your parenting is to become a micromanager.

E-readers Okay for Kids?

Q: I’m not a fan of television and video games for children. What’s your opinion about e-readers? I’m thinking of getting my eight-year-old one because ebooks are so much less expensive but was a bit concerned about more screen time. A: I’m old-fashioned when it comes to electronics and children,

Where Did All the Commonsense Go?

Some days, I really wonder what happened to all the commonsense that used to permeate parenting in the United States. The things parents do and think today can be rather mind-boggling, and, I think, would sound strange to our grandparents and great-grandparents.Let me give two examples of what I mean.First,

What to Expect From a Toddler

Q: Our toddler (nearly two years old) is happy and independent, but suddenly, he’s started throwing things whenever we tell him no. His facial expression turns angry, too. He’ll usually comply with our request, but then he’ll cry, hit the wall with his hand or foot, or throw a toy

Parental Vision

How would you describe your child at age 30? How you answer that question tells about your parenting vision for your children.I can almost guarantee not one of you reading this blog said:Graduate at the top of his high school or college classGet into an Ivy league schoolPlay a professional

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.