Would you hire a parenting coach?

Filed under: Just For Moms, Just For Dads, Development/Milestones: Babies

I don't know about you, but there are times I wish I had access to an expert on the ins and outs of child rearing. But of course, there is no such thing as an 'expert', right? Wrong. There are schools where you can earn a certificate declaring you to be a 'parenting coach' and thereby enabling you to charge lots of money to hapless parents who feel they need professional assistance in raising their children.

I find the whole idea a bit suspect and did a little searching online to find out what they are all about.

Coach-Parenting is pretty typical of what I found. For a mere $70, you will receive a book and a 5-CD audio course. But if you are willing to shell out $635, you can purchase the Gold program, which includes five hours of private coaching with the company's founder. Either way, you will receive a certificate declaring you to be a "certified parent coach". Others, like Parent Coaching Institute, are a little more involved and require more time - and money - before you can hang up shingle and call yourself an expert.

Who would call in a parenting coach in the first place? I don't know. If you are dealing with emotional or psychological issues with your child, surely you are going to look for a highly trained professional, not a certificate-wielding stranger. What if the issues were less severe, like whining or slipping grades? I do see the advantage of asking an objective outsider for advice, but isn't that what friends and family are for?

Am I missing something? Why do we need parent coaches?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.