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Personal coaching, life coaching, executive coaching, and career coaching are all new career options that have emerged in the last decade. Coaching is currently an unregulated field and its best to hire a coach that has been certified by a reputable university. I was unaware of coaching until my life circumstances led me to pursue it as a vocation. Now I am a Certified Parent Coach. My certification comes from the Parent Coaching Institute in conjunction with Seattle Pacific University in Bellevue, Washington USA. I earned my certification while I was living in India. 

 

Coaching is different from counseling, therapy, and consulting.  Counseling and therapy offer a problem-solving methodology, consulting offers an expertise methodology. Dr. Brenda Wilkins who is one of the foremost researchers on coaching, defines coaching as 'a relationship with a client where a coach supports, collaborates with and facilitates client learning, by helping a client to identify and achieve future goals through assessment, discovery, reflection, goal setting and strategic action.'

 

Parent coaching is a relationship between the coach and the client to foster the client's dreams of family related growth through honest communication and active participation. The coach will help the client clarify goals by asking questions the client may not have thought of, provide guidance by listening non-judgmentally, and enable action by providing relevant information to implement strategies designed with the client's values in mind.  Parent coaching is an art and a practice that inspires, energizes, and facilitates learning and development of the client and the client's family.

 

As coaching is a new profession, I never thought much about it when I was growing up.  I went to university to be in the fashion industry. My first job was for a fashion designer in New York City.  After that, I specialized in product development and worked for some of the largest retailers and wholesalers in the world. I traveled extensively within the United States and abroad. After my marriage, my husband, a management consultant, also traveled extensively and we had fun meeting in new locations.

 

I realized that I was pregnant with my first child just as I was about to embark on a ‘Habitat for Humanity’ project in New Zealand. Due to the conditions of the trip, I was urged to cancel. I enjoyed my pregnancy and it was a complete shock when I went into labor and gave birth at 33 weeks pregnant. My son weighed 4 lbs 9 oz at birth and was admitted to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for 2 weeks. I don't think that one can ever be prepared for such things. It was strange leaving the hospital without my baby. I did end up spending many, many hours at the hospital during those 2 weeks. With the help of my husband, family, and friends, I navigated those early years.

 

A few years later, I became pregnant again. For some reason that I cannot remember, I chose to have a doula. Fairly soon, we discovered that I was carrying twins  . . . a boy and a girl. At this point, we switched to an obstetrician.  Soon thereafter, we found out that the boy was not doing well and so we switched to a Perinatologist (high risk pregnancy doctor). My son had a few physical defects as well as an AV (atreoventricular) defect. He had a large hole in the center of his heart.  After multiple medical check ups and meetings with a genetic counselor, we were told that my son needed to be 6 pounds at birth and undergo immediate surgery. If he was under that weight, he would have to go to hospice. I cannot describe the emotional roller coaster I was on. Then, at 22 weeks, my son passed away in utero. My daughter was still growing strong and all the ultrasounds revealed that she was a healthy baby. Mentally, I had a hard time dealing with this situation. This may have been one of the reasons that I went into pre-term labor at 30 weeks. As it turned out, during the pre-term labor, my daughter's heart beat slowed down considerably.  I ended up being put under general anesthesia and having an emergency C-section in the operating room. My daughter was born 10 weeks early at 3 lbs 8 oz, and with a small hole in her heart, an ASD (Atrial Septal Defect). Even though I was familiar with the NICU, this experience was much different than when my son was born. For my son, I was told to perform kangaroo care (skin to skin holding) for 3 hours at a time. For my daughter, I was not allowed to touch her for the first few weeks as she was so frail. She was in the NICU for 6 weeks. We monitored her heart every 6 months until she was 3 years old when she received a green light from the pediatric cardiologist. Again, with the help of my husband, family, and friends I was able to navigate those early years.

 

My experiences with premature labor and childbirth led me to volunteer for the March of Dimes. I became a NICU Family Advisory Council Member and Parent Advisor. I also became a board member of Precious Beginnings, an NGO that provided parent to parent support to families who had pre-mature children. I would say childbirth and the experience of having premature children was the first step in my transformation from a fashion product developer to a certified parent coach.

 

My coaching practice is called Peak Experience Parenting.  Peak Experience is a term coined by Abraham Maslow, a professor of psychology.  He says a peak experience is one that creates sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, even the awareness of an 'ultimate truth' and the unity of all things. As a parent coach, my goal is to help the parent reach peak experiences of interconnectedness, harmony, and happiness. Specifically, I will help the parent tune into his or her values and be authentic in parenting; discover his or her unique parenting style and understand unique strengths and challenges; discover creative ways to support the day-to-day aspects of life; and take care of oneself so that you have more to give as a parent.

 

I work with parents on challenges they may have with their child(ren). My areas of interest include parent / child relationships, behavior issues, ages and stages, school-related concerns, media-related influences and many more. I work with all different kinds of families and have special experience working with families that are globally mobile and/or in intercultural relationships. When partners are raised in different cultures, they face unique parenting challenges. I help parents foster awareness and an appreciation of each other's cultural differences so they can raise their children in a way that brings true authenticity and fulfillment to each member of the family.

 

We all feel overwhelmed at times or wish that we had a partner to guide us along the parenting journey. A certified parent coach provides you that support, guidance, and resources, while together you create positive changes.

 

For further information, interest in finding about parent coaching as a vocation, or for being coached, Nita can be reached through www.peakexperienceparenting.com. Please send her a private message through the Contact Nita page. Nita is able to call you, regardless of where in the world you may live. 

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