Father with boy on his shoulders, pointing off into distance.

Hey parents, did you know that you’re a coach?

I believe that all parents are coaches.

I’m not talking about coaching your kids in soccer, basketball, or other sports.

I’m talking about Life Coaching.

Your child has their own personal Life Coach called Mom and/or Dad!

When your children come to you upset or struggling with something, you listen to them, and then you offer them some new insight or guide them to self-discovery. You offer them a new thought or belief. You have a different perspective that you can offer your kids to help them grow and succeed.

This is the same thing I do as a Life Coach.

I think the trick for parents is to keep ourselves from projecting too much of our own expectations onto our kids.

We can’t help but instill our own beliefs in our children – kids tend to naturally take on the beliefs of the people they spend the most time with.

But allowing your kids to blossom and be their own person can sometimes be difficult.

Many parents have hopes and dreams and goals for their kids. We forget to check them at the door and leave room for our kids to make their own mistakes, follow their own dreams, and create their own goals.

Parents also sometimes get caught up in negative beliefs about themselves and their parenting skills. Maybe you made a mistake or didn’t provide as much support as possible? Perhaps you are unsure of the best way to handle a situation?

In my business, before I speak with a client I spend time clearing out all of my judgments, expectations, and projections that might cloud my best efforts on behalf of my client. I look to see if I have any beliefs about myself or my client that don’t serve me or them before I coach. I dump the negative beliefs and find new ones that empower me. I clean up my own thinking before I ever coach a client.

This practice helps me to come from a place of pure love and service when I am coaching.

Before I became a professional Life Coach, I didn’t think of myself as a coach for my son.

Now I do.

The tools I learned as a coach help me be a better parent (and coach) to my son. I continue to use structure and boundaries along with teaching in my parenting. I also clean up my thinking, expectations, and judgments as well as continue to heal myself from past experiences before I ever coach my child.

I don’t know about you, but I want to come from a place of pure love when I parent (coach) my child.

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About The Author

Katie McClain SEP's picture

Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

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