How I can help you…?
Need to talk it through with a mama in the know? I’m here. And if your husband needs to talk to someone in the know, I’m here (and so is Husbeau). When you feel like you need some guidance and hand-holding because it all feels confusing (and maybe scary).
A lot of what I do is facilitate the process of finding lifestyle changes that promoted calm, connected families. About 1/3 of my practice is helping parents of challenging children find lifestyle changes (with a heavy focus on how nutrition may be exacerbating problems) to calm some of the storms. I have spent a decade research how nutrition affects neurology, behavior and development; but it’s not just a nutrition thing. Our kids interpret and process stress differently–which manifests in behaviors that are misconstrued. Parents sometimes see the picture through a different lens, and I help open them up to adjusting those lenses. And frankly, sometimes parents need some guidance on self-care to help them have the patience and clarity to work better on their children’s challenges. I’m here for that.
What are coaching, consulting, educating and advising?
Coaching and consulting are two different things. I do both. Coaching is a facilitative and guiding process. It is not about telling you what to do but rather asking the deep and probing questions that help you process your thoughts and ideas. It is reflecting back what you’ve said so that you can hear yourself through my ears. It is observing things you repeat or change in tone or speed of speech or the countless things that I hear or see that I might ask you about that will clue YOU into what’s going on in your world and what you’re thinking about that may not be right on the surface.
Consulting is a little different in that you are paying for an educated opinion about how to handle a situation. And just because it’s important to me that you understand ALL of the possibilities, there are also “advising” and “educating”. Educating is literally teaching. It is a sharing of compiled information presented in a meaningful and absorbable format. I do that, too. Advising is what licensed professionals do. It’s different from consulting in that they are saying “You need to do this” where a consultant says “Here’s what I think based on my background”. I don’t advise.
Working with me does not require that you are homeschooling or intending to homeschool.
My family’s journey has us predominantly educating at home. I do not assume this is the path that everyone SHOULD or NEEDS (or is capable of) taking. If it’s what you want, I can certainly help you. If it’s what you’re doing and have hit roadblocks or challenges, I can certainly help you. But if you are struggling with your child’s learning and connecting in any way–I can also help you.
How am I qualified…?
My coaching training includes a certification in Positive Psychology coaching, a certification in FirstLine Therapy (a therapeutic lifestyle change program) and a certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. My passion is how diet and lifestyle affect our physical and emotional well-being and I dig into it at a serious scientific level. As of this writing, I am in the early stages of pursuing a Master degree in Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
Since 2007 I have been working as a coach and consultant for people who struggle with challenging children or challenges related to educating and caring for their children. Most of that work has been consulting on lifestyle interventions to help their children thrive based on a decade of personal research and training; but a chunk of that includes handling their education. This started with word-of-mouth about my own success with my own child and grew as I became successful with my foster children and then on to other people’s children. I came to it with years of “time served” in the Early Intervention/Birth-to-Three therapy system in New Jersey–which was (at the time) arguably the best in the country with guidance from our own practitioners at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. They encouraged my research and collaborated with me to learn more.
I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching and am formerly a licensed public school teacher (having taught at the high school level). I have additional graduate credits in special education and specifically in teaching children with autism. I have been on both sides of the IEP and 504 table–more than once, in more than one state. I’ve created curricula that included differentiated instruction, project-based learning, multiple intelligences, varied learning styles, etc. Add to it my own digging and training on dealing with gifted and twice-exceptional/2E (meaning “advanced in one area and disabled or challenged in another) children both in the classroom and homeschooling. On my own family’s journey to find a fit, we investigated Montessori settings (both out-of-the-home and implemented in the home), Democratic schools, Free schools, Unschooling cooperatives, Reggio-Emilia, Waldorf, Thomas Jefferson education, classical model of education among others.
Before all of that, I spent 1990-2005 working my way up the ranks to a 6-figure salary in technology management and project management in some of the largest and most recognizable institutions of banking and pharmaceuticals. To keep my technical skills current (and before marriage and children), I would leave my job and stop to teach technology classes to adults before heading home for the night. I loved to teach and mentor. I continue to maintain a my certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and hold a Bachelor of Business Administration and a graduate certification in Project Management. Being a good manager is like being a good teacher and coach: it’s about facilitating the process of acquiring new information fluently and being productive with it.
Ultimately, my goal is to create kids who grow up and LEAVE MY HOUSE! Hopefully in a very happy and productive manner, but still enjoy coming home and spending time with their parents.
If you’re looking for guidance, let’s talk. Click the button below to start the process of making it better now.