At Be Still Parent Coaching, it is my mission to support and empower parents to be fully alive for God, being a voice of hope during the precious parenting season.
What exactly is a parent coach?
I am a Christ-follower, caring professional with thorough training, education and experiences who listens intently and impartially, asks parents thought-provoking questions, provides new information based on the latest research and gives suggestions in a co-constructive process that encourages fresh perspectives and strategies for themselves and their children.
How is coaching done?
It is flexible based on your needs. I can work with you either in person, over the phone, and/or by web conference. Remote coaching has many advantages: You don’t have to hire a sitter or make special plans to leave your house or desk. I can accommodate to fit your schedule – lunch hour at work, during your child’s nap time, or in the evening when things quiet down.
Why BE STILL Parent Coaching?
Be still and know that I am God.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Be still, although often confused for calm, peace, etc. is actually quite an intense word and not in any way passive. In Hebrew, Be still can be translated to: to be weak, to let go, to release, to surrender.
I love the idea of surrendering parenting to God. And isn’t it interesting how in Exodus 14:14, the Israelites were attempting to return to their previous life of enslavement when God spoke out, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” I love this metaphor. Oftentimes, we seek to return to our previous way of being during parenting challenges, but the answer and freedom actually lies in our future.
Stepping forward toward the future with courage and hope is my goal through coaching.
ALL ABOUT THE COACH
When I graduated from Ball State University in May of 2015 with my master’s degree in public relations, I thought, “What now?” I had worked at the Ball State Child Study Center Infant & Toddler Lab and Preschool for the previous four years, I studied early childhood development, media literacy, media strategies, strengthening the parent-teacher connection and so much more. I presented at multiple IAEYC conferences on these topics. I craved that same momentum in my post-graduate life.
My husband and I were married in October of 2015 and moved to Warsaw, Indiana. I watched my husband leave every day for his job, excited and energized by what he was doing. He had found joy and meaning in his work. I wanted to feel it too.
My search for my perfect work began internally. I explored my unique strengths, interests and passions and realized, I needed to work with parents. After much prayer, wise counsel and deliberation, I discovered the Parent Coaching Institute (www.thepci.org). After a beautiful, year-long training, I am now a PCI Certified Parent Coach®.
My husband and have two kiddos who make this season extremely fulfilling and equally exhausting (I think it can be both) and one sweet girl on the way. Through having kiddos of my own, my passion for Jesus and for helping you rediscover the unique joy and meaning of parenting that God intended for us to experience has become clearer.
I have a burning desire to help parents be God-fearing, influential parents, releasing arrows that are instrumental and integral to God’s kingdom, knowing they are stewarding precious gifts. God is using me as an instrument for him in the parenting realm at this time and this moment. I am here to be your coach, collaborator, and most of all, biggest fan.