Meet Betsy – a wonderful coach, counselor, friend and shares with you the best for parents AND kids

The majority of my career was spent in elementary schools first as a classroom teacher and, later in my career, as an elementary school counselor. Over the years, I watched children come and go and got to know many of their families. I took great delight in getting to know and work with so many of the amazing parents and/or grandparents of the children in my class or in one of my schools. I have a number of longtime friends whose children were in … Read More

via Parent Coaching Connection with Betsy Sullivan

Posted by: coachingparents | October 5, 2010

FREE Podcast from ACPI in support of Memory in the Cells

I’m writing this quick message to tell everyone that TODAY, Tuesday October 5th, is the official launch of the brand new book by Luis Angel Diaz, Memory in the Cells: how to change behavioral patterns and release the pain body.

Memory in the Cells is described as being, “an enriching opportunity to immerse ourselves in the exciting world of inner liberation.” Its author, Luis Diaz, has been a holistic therapist and teacher in the fields of nutrition, herbalism, oriental medicine, kinesiology, acupuncture and emotional release methods for almost two decades. After the death of his wife in 1998, Luis experienced a profound transformation, wherein he learned how to explore emotions and pain at a much deeper level than he had ever imagined before. This transformation resulted in the development of the Cellular Memory Release process (CMR) that he explains in detail in the book Memory in the Cells.

Thousands of listeners got to know Luis last week, when he and author Lynn Serafinn co-hosted the 3-Day Telesummit entitled, “Emotional Healing at a Cellular Level.” If you were amongst these listeners, I am sure you will agree with Lynn when she Read More…

Posted by: coachingparents | October 3, 2010

Healing the Corporate World, Interview with Author Maria Gamb

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 7 of the Virtual Blog Tour for Healing the Corporate World by author Maria Gamb.

Written by former Fortune 500 executive, Maria Gamb, who spent more than 20 years trailblazing businesses valued at upwards of $100 million, Healing the Corporate World is a cutting-edge book examining the deep, and usually unspoken, ailment of the modern corporate world, offering solutions for healing at a personal, financial and even spiritual level. By showing the reader “the four cycles of transformational leadership”, Maria provides business leaders, from solo entrepreneurs to corporate senior executives, practical answers on how to transform their organizations from the inside out, and become “Change Agents”, consciously creating their own reality.

Yesterday, Maria visited Geoff Laughton at For today’s stop on the tour, I decided to ask Maria some questions about the importance of values in our lives.

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Caron: What is the difference between being a go-giver rather than a go-getter?
Most people spend their lives trying to be a go-getter. That is to race, hurry and achieve at all costs. In essence the concept of a go-getter is someone who competes and that mindset is actually one of lack. In business, that means that an individual will do whatever they need to do to beat out another person for whatever they want to achieve.

A go-giver is someone who realizes that there is more than enough to go around: more than enough opportunities, resources and levels of status. This may sound like an airy concept but here’s the catalyst in this type of thinking; they know that while they may have the same goals as another person that there could potentially be an even better situation that suits them. So there’s no need to obsess and operate from a point of lack. With this mindset, a person can and will give to others around them. It could be a simple helping hand or a resource, contact or connection another needs for their advancement. A go-giver knows that there is more than enough to go around so sharing and helping others isn’t an issue. This is an essential part an individual’s currency in the world that builds trust and influence.

Caron: Why do values need to be more than words?
Maria: Often times people will say they value one thing or another but do not back their words up with actions. This usually Read More…

Posted by: coachingparents | September 24, 2010

FAST TRACK TRAINING, OCT 7-10, 2010 – Final Call for Enrollment

If your looking for an ideal job that makes positive use of your interpersonal skills, allows you the freedom to work from home , and let’s you receive payment for your effort and focus, then take on the role of a lifetime.

Consider the Academy for Coaching Parents’s fast track training steps to a new career. Take on the role of helping parents and children find connection and develop working solutions to the daily meltdowns, tantrums, sleep issues, behavioral contracts, communication patterns, and study habits. But don’t stop there. An ACPI Certified Parenting Coach has the privilege of empowering new skills and helping families commit to and develop their own solutions.

Tuition is reasonable! Payment plans are available. The experience is priceless.

“This class was fun and informative. The Heartwise coaching model was powerful. The business model and marketing information is the foundation and glue that makes this work for me. I am so excited!” – Barbara Borchardt, TX

“ACPI has offered me the opportunity to come into full bloom in an area I am passionate about – parenting!” Janine Affedlt, AZ

This ACPI weekend, Take On The Role of a Lifetime, with its presenters, savvy participants and the coaching and marketing topics were all phenomenal.” Debbie Beasley, NJ

“This program is fabulous. Caron not only knows the information, but also truly lives it. Minette is dynamic and an excellent example of what marketing is supposed to be.”  Betsy Sullivan, MN

“The best part of the weekend was the acceptance of every individual for who they are and for their growth into their parent coaching role. We were all shown and reshown our unique selves.” Jennie Tehomilic, NJ

I love the whole child, whole parent approach taught by ACPI. The Role of a Lifetime Training weekend gave me a chance to connect with wonderful women with similar passions. Nancy Ryan, IL

Posted by: coachingparents | September 18, 2010


Parent coaching, it’s a rising trend that’s sweeping through family circles nationwide and the epicenter is found here in North Texas. Spearheaded by Dr. Caron Goode, founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents International (ACPI), high-caliber professionals and seasoned parents are trained to offer insight, education and expert advice to overwhelmed moms and dads.

“Parents are tired of hearing what’s wrong and what doesn’t work,” shares Goode, who opened the doors to ACPI in 2003. “They are seeking skills and solutions, which is what a parent coach offers — simple steps to connect, communicate, set boundaries, co-parent, etc.”

A profession virtually unheard of a few years ago, some 90-plus professionals, including pediatricians, social workers, attorneys and teachers, have now become parent coaches under Goode’s innovative tutelage, which is offered through online, in-person and telecommuting course options.

A trend perpetuated by parents’ increasing demand for professional guidance that fits into their chaotic schedules, parent coaches typically provide professional sessions over the phone so as not interrupt work and family time.

“Nearly every entity you can think of has a coach — sports, career, life, dating. Yet the most powerful position in the world, that of the parent, the single person responsible for shaping the leaders of tomorrow, has gone without professional, tailor-made support. Until now,” says Goode. “People have always joked that there should be a handbook for parents, now there’s something better, parent coaches who help moms and dads become better, stronger, more successful parents, which leads to better, stronger, more successful kids.”

Posted by: coachingparents | September 2, 2010

Our Blog has Moved!

With the growth of the Academy for Coaching Parents International (ACPI) comes new and improved changes for parents and parent coaches. We have recently upgraded our ACPI website and will now be updating our blog on this new site. You can reach the new blog at

Please join us at the new site to stay on top of news and research for the Parent Coaching industry. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by: coachingparents | August 31, 2010

10 Secrets of Love – Just In Time To Share With Your Kids

Recently, I received from a reader of this column the following
“Top Ten Secrets of Love.”  It was so psychologically healthy and so
powerful, I want to share it with you today.  Perhaps you will use it
as a reminder for yourself throughout your life …especially if you
want to improve your ability to be a loving human being.

The first secret: the power of thought.  Love begins with our
thoughts.  We become what we think.  Loving thoughts create loving
experiences and loving relationships. Affirmations can change our
beliefs and thoughts about ourselves and others.  If we want to love
someone, we need to consider their needs and desires.  Thinking about
your ideal partner will help you recognize him or her when you meet.

The second secret: the power of respect.  You cannot love anyone or
anything unless you first respect them.  The first person you need to
respect is yourself.  To begin to gain self-respect ask yourself,
“What do I respect about myself?”  To gain respect for others, even
those you may dislike, ask yourself, “What do I respect about them?”

The third secret: the power of giving.  If you want to receive love,
all you have to do is give it!  The more love you give, the more you
will receive.  To love is to give of yourself, freely and
unconditionally.  Practice random acts of kindness.  …The secret
formula of a happy, lifelong relationship is to always focus on what
you can give instead of what you can take.

The fourth secret: the power of friendship.  To find true love you
must first find a true friend.  Love does not consist of gazing into
each other’s eyes, but rather looking outward together in the same
direction.  To love someone completely you must love them for who they
are, not what they look like.  Friendship is the soil through which
love’s seeds grow.  If you want to bring love into a relationship, you
must first bring friendship.

The fifth secret: the power of touch.  Touch is one of the most
powerful expressions of love, breaking down barriers and bonding
relationships.  Touch changes our physical and emotional states and
makes us more receptive to love.

The sixth secret: the power of letting go.  If you love something,
let it be free. …Even in a loving relationship, people need their
space.  If we want to learn to love, we must first learn to forgive
and let go of past hurts and grievances.  Love means letting go of our
fears, prejudices, egos, and conditions.

The seventh secret: the power of communication.  …To love someone
is to communicate with them.  Let the people you love know that you
love and appreciate them.  Never be afraid to say, “I love you.”
Never let an opportunity pass to praise [and acknowledge] someone.
Always leave someone you love with a loving word…it could be the
last time you see them.

The eighth secret: the power of commitment.  If you want to have love
in abundance, you must be committed to it…  Commitment is the true
test of love.  If you want to have loving relationships, you must be
committed to loving relationships.  When you are committed to someone
or something, quitting is never an option.  Commitment distinguishes a
fragile relationship from a strong, loving one.

The ninth secret: the power of passion.  Passion ignites love and
keeps it alive.  Lasting passion does not come through physical
attraction alone.  It comes from deep commitment, enthusiasm, interest
and excitement.  …The essence of love and happiness are the same,
all we need to do is to live each day with passion.

The tenth secret: the power of trust.  …You cannot love someone
completely unless you trust them completely.  Act as if your
relationship with the person you love will never end.  Trust is
essential in all loving relationships.”  Trust yourself, trust others
and trust the world.  It is the foundation for love.

Don’t keep these ten secrets a secret anymore. Share them with
everyone you love.  Practice them and you will become a genuinely
loving human being.


Dr. Thomas is a licensed psychologist, author, speaker, and life
coach.  He serves on the faculty of the International University of
Professional Studies. He recently co-authored (with Patrick Williams)
the book: “Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills and
Techniques for Enhancing Your Practice…and Your Life!” (W.W. Norton
2005) It is available at your local bookstore or on

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Nannies Across America!!
September 18th and 19th, 2010

Join hundreds of other nannies in cities all across the country for a day of learning and fun! Local events are being held in 18 cities. Don’t worry though, you can still be a part of the action and never even leave your home- you have a great opportunity to participate by joining us for a teleseminar!

The Academy for Coaching Parents is excited to a be a part of this national event. We will be offering 2 sessions for $25!! (A huge bargain!!)
These sessions will be held on September 18th by two of our fabulous instructors.

September 18th: 11:oo AM ET Teleseminar One

Title- Positive Discipline – how to effectively deal with tantrums and intense emotions, how to teach children respect, how to meet children’s needs, how to decode behavior and use positive discipline.

Instructor:  Danielle Koprowski, Educator for Attachment Parenting International, ACPI Certified Coach for Parents, Free To Be Parenting, (630) 847-0814.

Sept. 19th: 9:30 PM ET – Teleseminar Two – Using Key Parent Coaching Tools to Increase Effectiveness on the Job

Frustrated that you have your charge potty trained on Friday, only to come back on Monday to have to start the process again? Successfully work with your employer to take away the binky, only to run into your employer at the mall, your charge sucking away? Feeling like you and your employer just can’t get or stay on the same page?

If so, this one-hour presentation with time for case study discussion and Q & A.

Instructor: ACPI Trainer Michelle LaRowe,

To register please contact Dr.Caron Goode – 817-847-8758 or
Posted by: coachingparents | August 22, 2010

Why Would You Like A Friend, a Parent Coach on A Parenting Journey?

Parenting is a giant question mark (?) for many people, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You must know that whatever challenges you are facing, there are practical solutions that a parenting coach can provide you. Can you imagine how much easier parenting might be with a friend who supports you each step of the way? A parenting coach can help you find answers to the issues that you are having with your children. There are certified parenting coaches who are excellent resources in your times of need and struggle.

Parenting Coaches Help with a Variety of Different Issues
There are several issues that parents deal with on a daily basis that only adds to the stress of their life. Many typical problems include:

  • Daily homework hassles
  • Battles over the TV, video games and computer
  • You working harder at their education than they are
  • Kids who won’t get up in the morning
  • Disrespect
  • Communication
  • Picky eating
  • No motivation or a lack of effort to help you out or to do their own work
  • Poor self-esteem and self-image
  • ADD and ADHD problems

Parenting Coaches Help in Resolving Issues
Many parents deal with these struggles on a regular basis. They may sound like typical parenting problems, but resolving these issues could make your daily life much easier. This is where parenting coaching comes in. There are numerous benefits to using a parenting coach that you may not realize until you start discussing the changes you need to make with your parenting coach.

A parenting coach will teach you to break down the issues that you are currently dealing with and will teach you to analyze what is and what is not working for you. You will be able to clearly decide on the outcomes that you want in your life. They will also teach you how to expand the current parenting skills that you have and will encourage you to utilize new concepts that you have not yet tried.

Many parents do not have any issues with their first child. They often begin to see issues after they have had a second child. In many situations, it is almost as if the children have decided to work against mom and dad, especially as they grow older and are able to decide on things that they want to do versus what mom or dad wants them to do. These are typical issues that occur, but they are also solvable issues that you can remedy with the help of a parenting coach before they get out of control.

Adding to Your Resources

A certified parent coach can be an excellent addition to your arsenal of parenting resources. They often have years of experience within their field, or they are a practitioners who know how to deal with these types of issues from years of working with parents and their children.

Parents themselves often benefit personally from coaching because they have a fresh set of eyes to look at the situation and gain confidence in their own skills. A parent coach can help them look through their anger and frustration so that they can begin to rebuild their relationships with their children. Parents learn to become more confident in their parenting and are able to find the balance they have been looking for in their lives.

The great thing about parent coaching is that it doesn’t matter how old your children are. You can begin to implement what you have learned as soon as you realize that your youngest child is beginning to show the same behavioral issues that your oldest children have shown. The main benefit of parent coaching is that the skills parents learn are universal and undying. They are able to apply the same skills and knowledge with all of their children.

Posted by: coachingparents | August 5, 2010

ACPI Needs Beta-Testers for New Online Parent Coaching Global School

Reduced Tuition to Beta-Testers for Providing Evaluations

The Academy for Coaching Parents is going global with an online school, combining high tech and high touch, and we are seeking Beta-Testers to take the online program at a substantial reduction in tuition to provide feedback to the Academy on the delivery of materials and content in this new format.

This is a one-time personal invitation from Founder, Dr. Goode,  because this is a wonderful opportunity to enter a profession that the New York Times called  “the newest self-help approach for over stretched parents.”

This offer is for those who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children and parents, would like to establish a profitable home-based business as a parenting coach, or who’d like to expand their private practice to include a thriving parenting or family coaching practice.

  • ACPI is seeking 10 people to apply to ACPI and participate in the BETA-TEST Group to take the Academy’s coursework through the online school, and provide feedback on course content, delivery, and application of concepts.
  • Upon successful completion of 5 core courses and 1 specialty niche course, ACPI will provide course certification as a professional Certified Professional Parenting Coach.
  • In this one-time offer, ACPI is lowering tuition by $1000 (from $4295 to $3295.00) for completion of five core courses and one niche as a Beta Tester. The tuition fees do not cover books and materials although some of these will be free due to inclusion in the Beta-test program. Payment plans are available.
  • The Beta Testers will enroll in August, have time to order and read relevant course materials and start the ACPI program in September, 2010. The idea is to complete one module or more per week or at a self-determined pace with Dr. Goode, who serves both as instructor and coach to the Beta Testers. Completion of the course might take 4 months or 6 months and determined by the student schedule.

If you have an interest in this program, please email Dr. Goode (email: caron30 @ to receive the information-application pdf file.)

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