Parent Coaching: The New Self-Help Approach to Parenting
Do you ever feel like you could use someone on the sidelines, throwing helpful suggestions your way whenever you don’t know what to do about your kids? I’m not talking about a spouse, friend, or your mother—I’m talking about parent coaches.
Parent coaching is the newest self-help approach to parenting. Usually, coaching sessions are held over the phone, eliminating the need for a babysitter. And with many coaches charging $75 per hour, parent coaching is often cheaper than counseling.
Parent coaches often aren’t mental health professionals. They come from all types of backgrounds, many of them mothers who previously worked with children and parents.
On one hand, I think this is a little saddening. As a society, we’re moving away from relying on our own family and looking to outside resources for the help we need. On the other hand, it’s nice that parents who have nowhere else to turn have someone they can go to for parenting advice. We live in a world where we’re becoming increasingly self-sufficient. Whatever information we need, whether it’s symptoms of bronchitis or a recipe for macaroni and cheese, we can find it on the internet.
What do you think? Would you use a Parent Coach?