Parenting in the 21st century is not easy — between today’s issues such as media and screen time effects, academic competency, addictions, proper nutrition, bullying, and a myriad of other hazards to raising healthy and happy children, it’s a wonder that any of us are brave enough to attempt the journey of parenthood. Parenting is an ever-evolving process and one that should not be attempted without a sense of adventure, optimism, and humor! Sometimes these things can get lost in the daily grind of making a living, making a home, and making a life, and when you find yourself losing perspective and strength, parent coaching can be just the thing to help you regain your footing and rediscover the joy of being a parent.
My name is Heather Wingate, and I come to parent coaching via and long and diverse road. I have worked in Special Education for almost 20 years and I am currently an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Specialist, working with children with developmental delays, and their families, from birth through age 5. I also am a private reading and language arts tutor, specializing in the areas of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other language processing disorders. I understand the challenges that face a child who must approach life and school differently than his/her peers, and I understand the challenges of a parent who must approach the job of parenting from a different perspective than the other parents in the neighborhood.
I am a firm believer that parenting is not a one-person, or even a one-couple job. We all need some kind of support system - a sounding board, a cheerleader, or even just a friend who can point out those obvious inner strengths that can get lost in the busyness of life. A parent coach can fill all those roles. As a teacher who has worked with a wide array of behaviors and special needs in children, I have a very full toolbox of strategies and resources that will help parents be more successful…and believe it or not, so do you! As a parent coach, I would love to help you discover your strengths and uncover your own toolbox to make your parenting journey one full of joy, happiness, and positivity!
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