BratBusters Parenting Services

Lisa Bunnage, Parenting Coach

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What is a Parenting Coach?

A Parenting Coach gives parents systems, skills and confidence to raise happy children who respect themselves and others.  There is no judgement, only support and encouragement.

Why would I need a Parenting Coach?

You may be expecting your first child and just looking for parent education.  Or you may have several kids and dealing with anything from toddler tantrums to suicidal teens.

Common reasons to hire a Parenting Coach:

  • tantrums
  • disrespectful behaviour
  • bullying
  • potty training
  • bedtime battles
  • mealtime battles
  • trouble at school
  • ADHD
  • teenage troubles

What do I look for in a Parenting Coach?

Look for a Parenting Coach who has “finished the job”.  In other words, someone who has successfully raised kids right through to adulthood.  Navigating through those teen years is very different from younger years.

Also, I believe humor is just as important as knowledge and experience.  Parenting should be FUN, not work.

What type of people hire a Parenting Coach?

My clients are doctors, lawyers, stay-at-home moms/dads, school staff (about 40% of my clients are teachers), psychologists, anyone really.  Some clients are sailing through parenting and just want a pat on the back to ensure they’re doing the right things.  Others are dealing with life and death issues with teenagers.

Does hiring a Parenting Coach mean I’m a bad parent?

That’s like saying, “Does hiring a personal trainer mean I’m lazy?”  Just the opposite.  My clients are great parents who just need guidance and encouragement.

Most of my clients are highly educated, successful people who just aren’t getting respect from their children.  I often hear things like:

“I run a successful business handling employees, customers and partners with ease.  Then I go home and my 3 year old kicks me and tells me he hates me.  What on earth is going on?!”

“I’ve been a school teacher for 10 years.  My students love and respect me yet I go home to a surly teenager who treats me like crap.  Why can I handle 30 kids but not 1 teenager?”

“I thought parenting was going to be a joy.  I sailed through pregnancy and was so excited when my beautiful baby was born.  Three months later I’m tired, fat, depressed and not enjoying motherhood at all.  What’s wrong with me?”

It’s my job to build up parenting skills and confidence.  We just laugh off past mistakes and move forward with solutions.

What’s the most important parenting skill?  

RESPECT.  You have to give it before you get it.  Respect your kids by giving them what they need:  rules, structure, fun, love, consistency, listening without judgement.

Most parents feel they should get respect automatically.  That’s a big mistake as you have to earn respect.  But once you have it, you can just relax and have fun with your kids.

People would often ask me how I got such well behaved kids as all they ever saw was us laughing and having fun together.  That’s because we had mutual respect … it’s EVERYTHING.

What’s the most common mistake parents make?    

Absolutely hands down it’s YELLING.  It’s a guaranteed way to lose respect.  Parents yell because they don’t know what else to do.  And also because it often works in the moment.  The problem is that once kids get older they start yelling back and all hell breaks loose.

Did you know that kids say they’d rather be spanked than yelled at?  If you want to read more about this here’s an article I wrote:  “Spanking vs. Yelling”

How does coaching work?  How do I get started?

Coaching is done via phone, Skype or FaceTime.  Each session lasts 60 minutes.  We don’t focus on problems, it’s all about solutions.

I have two coaching options:

  1. “4 Week Parenting Plan” (Toddler or Child) which will see you through most parenting issues.  It is self-paced and full of written and video information with your questions answered as you go along.  A private coaching session at the end of the 4 week period wraps it all up.
  2. Private Coaching is for those who just want one-on-one sessions.  It’s ideal for parents with teenagers or more unique or serious parenting challenges.   There are 1, 3 or 5 session packages and you can ask me which one would suit you if you’re not sure.  If it’s just a bedtime battle then 1 session may do the job.  If it’s about a sexually active teenager unwilling to use birth control, that’s a 5 session package.

If you want to get started right away, just go ahead and sign up on my website and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours to get you set up with appointments, etc.

Get started with my 3 Step Parenting Plan which is my gift to you.  It’s included in my Newsletter at the top right of this page.