For Parents

Making the decision to have a child is momentous – it is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Elizabeth Stone 

If you’re here as a parent, The Power of Nurture has especially powerful tools for you. Why? Because no one has more ability to positively impact your child than you. No one. No pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist, school counselor, or other external interventionist carries the amount of influence you do. You are your child’s most important asset, hands down, and you always have been. My goal is to help provide you with new information, understandings, and approaches to ensure that your impact is positively powerful. There are some words of caution needed, though.

Developing an optimally supportive relationship that best enables a child to succeed does not happen overnight. Often, things have to get worse before they get better. This is because established patterns in your relationship took time to develop, often without you even noticing; once built, they have a tendency to want to stay the same. As a famous physicist observed centuries ago, objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless acted upon, and once acted upon, they exert an equal and opposite reaction in response. On the flip side, some small shifts can yield large gains. You may be surprised to see how a child responds when offered a new parenting approach.

Positive change takes ongoing work and the unlearning of old habits. But an openness to this idea allows us to get to the heart of the matter and to achieve the end result we really want – a better outcome for our child and for our relationship. I believe this challenge is inarguably worth pursuing – if you are brave enough to be a parent, you are brave enough to explore information that asks you to look through a new lens of understanding.

If we work together, you can expect some or all of the following services:

  • An initial conversation to discuss what is concerning you about your child(ren)
  • A consultation visit to complete histories on parenting, marriage/partnership (if relevant), and child behavior
  • A home observation (or two) to assess the parent-child/family dynamic
  • An evaluative assessment report summarizing key findings
  • An individualized parenting plan including developmental recommendations specific to your child’s strengths and challenges
  • Ongoing coaching or parenting help as needed and agreed upon

Whether our work focuses on a single frustration you’re experiencing or a host of issues you’d like to see change, the resources here are designed to help offer you a path to improvement. Contact me today to discuss whether The Power of Nurture may be the right support for you at this time.