Parent Coaches Help Those Seeking Parenting Advice
by Catherine Garr
Since many of today's parents live far from extended family, they are turning to parent coaches for parenting advice or to help them resolve specific problems with their children or other family members.
For instance, when Maria Ludman of Pittsburgh, PA overheard her mother-in-law telling her children that they did not have to follow her rules when she wasn't around, Ludman turned to parenting coach
, Laura Ramirez. For $75 per hour, Ramirez helped Ludman find a creative way to make an impact on her mother-in-law (who was continually undermining her authority). Their session took place on the phone. Now, Ludman turns to Ramirez whenever she needs advice.
According to Ramirez, although parent coaches may be certified, they offer advice, rather than therapy. Still, they are helpful for parents who feel alone, overwhelmed or concerned about their parenting skills.