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Cara Pollard offers coaching services to families, couples, women and teens. She is highly trained at transforming lives by incorporating her in depth background, including legal expertise, teaching acumen, and early childhood development studies. She listens deeply and compassionately to her clients and then provides specific suggestions to implement new attitudes and strategies for moving forward toward their preferred future. Her coaching has provided life-changing results and enhances each person's and each family's journey by bringing joy, enthusiasm, love and laughter to their world. She coaches clients in 60-minute sessions, in person or by phone. She offers a variety of packages, which may include maintenance calls. She schedules sessions directly or through Lyfechat.

She is also passionate about working with children and families in many other capacities. She offers public presentations and workshops to parent groups and women’s organizations, both large and small. She has been the owner and teacher of Away We Play, an award winning Chicagoland program that offers movement classes, music, theater, dance, art and preparatory preschool to thousands of children. Away We Play partners with schools, and may teach their music classes, or offer art and/or movement classes. She also partners with schools by offering coaching services to administrators, teachers, parents and students.

Cara obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University, a Paralegal Certification from Roosevelt University, and graduate-level certification from the Parent Coaching Institute in collaboration with Seattle Pacific University’s School of Education.

Her volunteer work includes serving as President of the Board of Directors for Lil’ Buds Theater Company for five years, chairperson of The Family Advisory Board for Old St. Patrick’s Church, and chairperson of The Parents at the Heart Committee for Frances Xavier Warde School.

What Parents Say After Coaching With Me

Working with a parent coach was something I had never considered. My husband and I have 3 children and have parented our way through the various stages, newborn, toddler, pre-teen and teenager, with help from books, friends, relatives and intuition. Along the way, we have felt that for the most part, we have had success and believe our kids to have turned out well. You always hear “little people, little problems, big people, big problems,” and it was not until our oldest went off to his first year of college that we felt ill equipped for our job of parenting. Things got more complicated, we regularly questioned what we were doing wrong in parenting him, and our relationship with him began to suffer. Enter Cara Pollard and her parent coaching. I can honestly say that she helped me see things from a different angle and to work through best practices in terms of communication, relationship building and dealing with difficult situations as they arose.

Having a parent coach is akin to having an expert in your back pocket. Nobody is perfect and there is always something to be learned in order to improve your skills, so why not hire a parent coach to help with the most important job in the world, parenting? Cara had a firm but gentle hand in empowering and guiding me through this new phase of being a parent and helped me to be a better mom to my college aged son. In my book, every parent would benefit from working with Cara; she is amazing!
Cathy Wall
Madison, Wisconsin
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