Parent Coaching with Connected Families

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As a parent, you’re doing the best you can! But raising a family isn’t always easy….a little extra guidance might be exactly what you need. You are unique. Your children are unique. Connected Families honors this uniqueness by teaching a principled approach to parenting that fits all ages and stages. Your Connected Families parent coach will walk alongside you to help turn frustration, anger and despair into patterns of calmness, wisdom and joy.

This may be the best investment you’ll ever make in your family!

Step 1: Fill out the coaching inquiry form.
Step 2: Talk with Chad Hayenga, parent coach and coaching coordinator, to decide which coach is the best match for your family.
Step 3: Complete the registration process.
Step 4: Meet with your coach and begin to experience lasting change in your family.

Questions you might have:

Who is coaching for?
* Parents who want to get on the “same page” and are in need of a plan.
* Parents who are starting to see troubling behaviors in their kids and don’t know what to do.
* Parents who are discouraged by the endless cycle of misbehavior-punish-misbehavior-punish and can feel their kids hearts turning away.
* Parents who want to do better, but have no idea or plan about how to do so.
* Our various expertise includes working with troubled teens, practical behavioral strategies, families formed through adoption, sensory-motor ideas for managing anxiety/anger, etc.

Why parent coaching? And why now?
It is tough to undo negative patterns in families. Starting early, and young, is often the best strategy for avoiding more difficult issues as your children get older and the problems get larger. If your family is already there, in the thick of difficult situations, we can help guide you through even the most challenging stresses you are facing.  

What format and focus will the sessions have?
Sessions are usually 60 minutes which involves thought-provoking questions to assist you in discerning what is right for your family. Our extensive professional experience also enables us to mentor you with fresh insight and practical tools. Parents will work with their coach to create a plan of helpful action points that address parents’ concerns.

Are you faith-based?
While we are a Christian organization, we offer a wide range of services that can accommodate any faith background.

Who is included – will I bring my children?
Parents (either one or both or another caregiver) and a coach meet together for sessions. We feel the best way to change the relational patterns in a family is to equip the parents with new perspectives and skills. This can best be accomplished without children present.

Where does the coaching take place?
Connected Families staff coach parents from around the world via Skype. Twin-Cities based clients often prefer to come to our office (566 Bavaria Lane, Chaska, MN 55318). Conference calls are a possibility if desired.

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How soon can I expect changes, and how long will the coaching last?
It takes time for parents to build new skills and habits. Children (particularly anxious or strong-willed ones) are resistant to change, and may either distrust or be uncomfortable with positive changes the parent makes. We have consistently had parents experience significant, valuable changes after approximately four sessions of coaching at intervals of 2-3 weeks. To completely achieve their goals, many parents choose to continue on a less frequent or as-needed basis after these initial sessions.

What are the fees and how does payment work?
All coaching options can be purchased through our website (links below) or by check.
Reduced rates are available based upon need.
$480 – A four session package.
$120 – A one hour session for returning clients.
$175 – A single 75-minute session. Perfect for those who want to check us out without committing to four sessions.

parent coachingWhat additional resources are there?
All coaching clients receive access to the Connected Families private coaching page which includes bonus videos, articles and valuable additional resources to help understand kids and guide them wisely.
We also provide a workbook which is yours to use throughout the session and then refer back to when your coaching sessions are complete.

How long will I have to complete my sessions?
You will have up to six months to finish your four session package. There are no refunds for sessions that aren’t completed, but will be considered a tax deductible donation. Extensions may be given for extenuating circumstances.

How do I get started?
Fill out the interest form. We look forward to connecting with you to help you become the parent you desire to be! Please let us know if you have any questions.

If you’d like to connect with us to either start the process or learn more, fill out this form.

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Life change from past coaching clients

I personally felt as a parent I was defeated, discouraged, depleted and angry. Our family had conflicts many mornings before school and yelling almost every evening. I literally could physically feel a change after my first coaching session – I felt less burdened and anxious. I recently wrote in my journal that I feel equipped, encouraged, proud and full-of-love toward my ‘difficult’ child. – Andrea, mom of two

Coaching by Skype was extremely helpful and convenient. We connected with our coach from the west coast at 6 a.m. (with a strong cup of coffee!) before the kids were up, so no sitter needed for our lively youngsters. – Tim and Caitlin, parents of three

My nine-year-old son had impulsive, explosive, and rigid behaviors, and common Christian parenting advice/materials did not seem to be helping! Since starting coaching we have had a strong improvement in our relationship—specifically, increased warmth and enjoyment, as well as hope. – Karra, mom of special needs son

Our family struggled with just being with each other without fighting about something or someone. The questions that my coach asked were very thought provoking – I’ve learned to look for a new perspective when things aren’t working. Writing this has brought me to tears realizing just how far I have come! – Pat, single mom of three

Private Page for Coaching Clients

This password protected page is where current coaching clients can find a welcome video, instructions for how to get started, and downloadable resources for coaching sessions.  Access page here