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Parent Express for 25-Jun-2008

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Welcome to Parent Express, the PCI e-zine! Here you will find updates on the Parent Coaching Institute, along with ideas and practical tips for the parenting journey.

School is out or soon to be out and that means many moms and dads scramble to readjust their already tight schedules. Our featured article can help. Written by PCI Certified Parent Coach® and MSW, Connie Hammer, the article details reminders of how you can plan ahead for a smoother and most enjoyable summer with the children. I think posting her ten tips on your refrigerator may be just what you need to stay cool and calm over the next few months.

On the side-bar you will notice that all across the nation PCI Certified Parent Coaches® have been in the news a lot lately. Back in 1999 when I searched "parent coaching" on the Web, nothing came up. Beginning the PCI in 2000 was a pioneering effort that now is paying dividends for thousands of parents who now have the opportunity to experience the exhilarating and rewarding process of PCI Parent Coaching. I am very proud of what we have accomplished. This summer we will total 98 PCI coaches who have obtained Parent Coach Certification® through our Institute in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University. And we are growing…More and more professionals working in family support see the value and excitement in working with the PCI gaining Parent Coach Certification® to create together a new paradigm of family support—PCI Parent Coaching!

After a very full six months, we will pause in July and take a little vacation. Look for your next issue of Parent Express in mid-August. Thank you so much for all your continued support and your kind words, affirming to us that our support of you is welcomed and appreciated.

Happy Summer!

Gloria DeGaetano, Founder and CEO

PCI Training

Take Advantage of Early Registration for Fall Quarter!

Applications are now being accepted for entrance Fall Quarter for the Parent Coach Certification® Training Program with phone classes for Course 1 beginning the week of September 22. Phone classes are in the evening time to accommodate work schedules of our students.

The first 12 applicants who apply before August 15, 2008, will be granted a $500 tuition discount of they are accepted into the program. Application deadline for Fall Quarter is September 2, 2008.

Please send in the basic application as your first step. Transcripts and letters of reference can follow the basic application by a few weeks. Download the application here. Send to the PCI at: 1400-112th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Applications can be faxed to (415) 401-1572 or sent via email to Questions? Please call: (425) 401-1519.

Spaces are limited. Early applications receive first consideration.

Learn more about our acclaimed, graduate-level, distance-learning Parent Coach Certification® Program by clicking here for more information.

Check out our Video About the PCI Parent Coach Training Program and see what professionals think about their training with the PCI.

"When I found the PCI…little did I know that this path would also lead me on a transformative journey of my own; connecting me with others who shared a desire to create a cultural shift toward more mindful parenting, and launching my own parent coaching business…My PCI training was both practical and is perhaps the single best educational experience that one could ever have."
—Kay Kimball Gruder, Providence, Rhode Island

For Parents

Working with a parent coach who has received Parent Coach Certification® through the PCI is giving yourself a valuable gift as well as a sound investment in your family's future. PCI Certified Parent Coaches® are caring, thoughtful professionals with years of experience working with parents. They have successfully completed the PCI Parent Coach Certification® Training Program—a comprehensive academic one-year, graduate-level program in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University. Through a series of coaching conversations that can be either by telephone or in person, PCI Parent Coaches help you re-discover your dreams and design your life for more joy and satisfaction.

To find a PCI Parent Coach in your area, please click here or call (425) 401-1519 for a referral to a PCI Parent Coach selected especially for you.


Visit to listen to programs featuring PCI Certified Parent Coaches® and other experts from around the country discussing topics of interest to moms and dads.

Programs are available as podcasts. Listeners can download individual episodes directly, listen to them from this site using a Web browser, or via the iTunes podcast directory. iTunes subscribers will automatically pick up new episodes as they become available!

Featured Article

Making the Most of Summer Break

by Connie Hammer, MSW and PCI Certified Parent Coach®

Summer vacation can trigger mixed emotions depending on your perspective. As a parent, you may be relieved to get a break from the routine of evening homework struggles and early morning hassles. Some parents may also experience a feeling of dread—working parents may fret about finding child care, and parents of children with ADHD may be concerned about the lack of structure that the summer months bring. Many parents are apprehensive about the challenge of keeping their children occupied appropriately. For some children, the lazy days of summer, are a source of fun and relaxation, for others, the long stretches of "nothing to do" days can create bountiful opportunities for trouble and mischief.

Keeping a balance of fun with structure can present problems for busy families. Preparation may be the key to helping your family enjoy the summer break. The following are 10 tips to keep in mind while preparing for the summer season.

  1. Before summer break begins, go over expectations with your children. Hold a special family meeting to discuss what to expect over the summer months? Brainstorm ideas and allow everyone to have input. What fun activities or excursions might be possible? What chores are to be completed? What will each family member be responsible for? Write down plans and expectations so there isn't any confusion later.
  2. Use a large calendar in an area such as the kitchen, where everyone can see it. Keep track of the activities that are going on, whether it is a family vacation, summer camp or "do nothing" days. This way, when you or your children are making plans, you can refer to the calendar and know whether the plans will interfere with something else that is going on. The calendar helps children know what to anticipate and allows them to better prepare for transitions.
  3. If your children will have a babysitter at home, set up a time for the babysitter to spend a Saturday afternoon with them beforehand. This way, you can be on hand but they can get to know them before spending long days together.

Read the Rest of the Article…

PCI Certified Parent Coaches® in News Across the Nation


May 14, 2008, an interview on Seattle's KING TV Evening Magazine program covered PCI Certified Parent Coach® Karen Bierdeman and her clients. The interview discusses the purpose of parent coaching and how it applies to Karen's clients' challenges with sleep issues, toy throwing, and balancing home life with work and starting a new business. Visit Karen's Web site, The Guilt Free Mom, for more parent resources.


May 14, 2008, Fox News Chicago aired an interview with PCI Certified Parent Coach® Cathy Cassani Adams and her client discussing the purpose of parent coaching and her client's challenge with sleep issues and balancing work and home life. The June issue of Parents magazine features an article titled "The New Discipline Rules" with tips from Cathy about resolving common parenting challenges, and this month's Chicago Parent features "The Paci Party," an article written by Cathy about her daughter's letting go of pacifiers. Learn more about Cathy's work at


WCCO TV in Minneapolis, May 15, 2008 aired a story discussing pacifiers PCI Certified Parent Coach® Lori Jo Kemper; on May 16, 2008, Lori continued the discussion on pacifiers and thumb sucking, and on June 18, Lori discussed "The Importance of Music and Creative Movement." Lori also hosts a show on Blog Talk Radio; you can visit Lori's very informative Web site at


June 18, 2008, Fox 7 News in Austin, Texas interviewed PCI Certified Parent Coaches® Sue Beardsley and Mari Ferrell and their client. The segment includes a discussion about parents' need for guidance and support in reaching their full parenting potential and that Sue and Mari's Parent Coaching Associates, LLC is a new resource for parents in the Austin area. Visit their Web site and see for yourself! Mari and Sue were also featured in a May 16, 2008, article in the Round Rock Leader in Round Rock, Texas.

Detroit and Grandville, Michigan

On June 19, Alyssa Martina, PCI Certified Parent Coach® and president/publisher of Metro Parent was featured on The Detroit News on-line. Alyssa has made it her life's work to give parents information and resources to help with one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs—raise the next generation. You can reach her at

The June issue of Parents magazine includes an article titled "The New Discipline Rules" with tips for resolving common parenting challenges from PCI Certified Parent Coach® Jennifer Wolf. Visit Jen's informative Web site and download her e-book: Reduce Your Kid's TV Time in 30 Days.

New Hampshire/Maine

Cathi McGrevey, PCI Certified Parent Coach®, was interviewed by The NH Mirror. The July 1 issue of this New Hampshire women's monthly explores self-care and invites readers to join a free tele-seminar on the paradox of self-care hosted by Cathi McGrevey and her colleague, PCI Certified Parent Coach® Connie Hammer from Round Pond, Maine. Register at for pass code numbers and join the discussion on Monday night, July 7th, 7pm Eastern! Learn more about other workshops these PCI Certified Parent Coaches® offer by visiting their Web site,


PCI Certified Parent Coach® Hannah Davis was interviewed in the June 23 issue of Spokane, Washington's Spokeman Review, discussing the roles of parent coaches and helping a client recognize and adapt to the needs of a 10 year-old foster daughter. Check out Hannah's Web site at

Back Issues

Back issues of Parent Express are available on the PCI Web site. There you can read articles by Gloria DeGaetano and PCI Certified Parent Coaches®, and easily send past issues to friends and colleagues via e-mail.

"Gloria, words can't express how thrilled I am to have found the PCI and this amazing program. Thank you for all you do to keep the PCI moving forward and onward. Your efforts, sacrifices, and vision continue to bless families within the PCI and those we coach."
—Peggy Fitzpatrick, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

"The whole PCI experience has made every breath more fun."
—Dede Barnes, Cottonwood, California

"The wealth of information and knowledge I've been exposed to as a PCI student has been phenomenal…it's incredible how much all this information just fits together so well…internalizing and digesting all of this knowledge has been a joy. Beginning to use it in my daily life and within my relationships has been life-changing."
—Mari Ferrell, Round Rock, Texas


This issue of Parent Express was originally published June 25, 2008. Some content, contact information, and links may be out of date, and the conversion from the original email edition may introduce formatting inconsistencies.

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