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Parent Express for 10-Dec-2008
This issue brings greetings for a happy, relaxing winter holiday season, from all of us at the Parent Coaching Institute.
Our featured article, "Disney Plans" by PCI Certified Parent Coach®, Cathy Adams from Chicago, tells a tale all parents can relate to at one time or another. Cathy's experience with making plans, holding expectations, and taking charge—all fall by the wayside. Our children teach us well to let go and enjoy the moment. You will enjoy each moment reading Cathy's wise and inspiring article!
May we all take enough moments to slow down and enjoy our precious children and family this holiday season!
Gloria DeGaetano, Founder and CEO
"I have found my calling was the greatest compliment you could have given me! I am thrilled and touched. Thank you so much. Leaving educational administration was the right thing for me to do. Being a parent coach is my path and I love it!"
—Rhonda Moskowitz, Colombus, Ohio
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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 (425) 646-7569 or sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Please call: (425) 753-8822.
Application deadline for Spring Term start is March 1, 2009.
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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 Certified Parent Coaches® help you re-discover your dreams and design your life for more joy and satisfaction.
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by Cathy Cassani Adams
No, I don't want to go. It's too dark. My husband and I glance at each other, puzzled. Our oldest daughter refuses to go on the Winnie the Pooh ride at Disney World. I remind her that she happily went on the ride two years ago, but she shakes her head and calmly tells us that she would rather wait outside with her aunt and infant sister.
My middle child is ready and raring to go. She follows her older sister everywhere, but today she wants to go on the ride without her. She doesn't want to go to bed without her, she doesn't want to play without her, she doesn't even like to ride in the car without her, but at this moment she is willing to have this experience on her own. We are confused by this turn of events.
I know my husband wants to talk the older one into going on the ride. He wants to convince her that she will like it. He might even try to change her mind by telling her that her little sister is not afraid to go. I know he wants to do this because I am contemplating the same thing. While I am processing what to do my middle daughter pulls at my sleeve because she wants to go stand in line. We are torn. This is not what we planned.
At home we read the Disney Guidebook over and over. We talked about the rides we would go on and how the girls would sit together. My oldest daughter shared her memories of her past Disney experience and promised her sister that she would hold her hand and keep her safe. We created a vision for the day, but now we are struggling to adjust to the unexpected.
The pattern continues as our oldest daughter passes on Peter Pan and Snow White while her younger sister begs for Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn't our oldest know that this is a tremendous opportunity? Doesn't she know that the rides are the best part? We are also confused by our middle daughter's sudden desire for independence. Is she really ready for these rides? Is it OK to let her go without her sister?
TRUCE 2008/2009 Toy Guide Now Available
Study Links Violent Video Games with Increased Hostility
Study Shows Unhappy People More Likely to Watch TV
Today's High School Students Less Likely to Graduate Than Parents Were
A Saturday Conversation with Gloria DeGaetano, Founder and CEO, the Parent Coaching Institute
When: Saturday, January 10, 2009
$35.00 for individuals;
Begin the new year with innovative ideas for Parenting Well in a Media Age!
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.
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