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.”