Welcome to Confessions of a Parent Coach, the podcast where you'll learn that even parenting experts like me, Ann Kaplan, mother of four, and your host won't have all the answers. I believe that once you realize there's no such thing as a perfect parent, you can achieve fabulous behavior and amazing relationships with your kids.
When You Might Get Divorced
Coparenting, Marriage, Partnership - all relationships hit hard times. If things feel shaky in your relationship, if you are separated and still plagued by your past relationship, or if you and your co-parent have already decided to part ways, this week's episode is for you.
It's normal to be wondering or worrying about the way these things will affect your child or your parenting. And you might feel very alone.
On this episode of the podcast I intend to show you that you are NOT alone; not even close. And that there are ways to help yourself that make these decisions clearer and less scary, keep you parenting well through this hard time, and ensure you come out the other side a happier, healthier version of yourself forever!
Listen in to hear my own story of separation and to learn about Conscious Uncoupling - the technique originated by Katherine Woodward Thomas that I use to help my clients navigate even the most rocky times in their relationships. It is a beautiful companion tool that saves so many people lost in the quagmire of relationship trouble.
If you're going through this awful time, I am here for you, and I can help. It starts with a free Discovery Call where I learn your story and start you on the road to a whole new way of being with yourself and your child.
When Parenting Feels Like Crap
Sometimes parenting feels like crap. That's probably not news to you. But. it might be news that those crappy feelings could be a sign that you're on the right track. I recorded this week's episode of Confessions of a Parent Coach right after a parenting moment that left me feeling like absolute dogsh*t. I wanted to cry and scream all at once. Listen to the episode to learn why true authoritative, attuned, and unattached parenting feels awful sometimes.
If you're ready for this awful, righteous, healthy, challenging, and ultimately triumphant way of parenting, I'm here for you! I will teach you to stay present while you and your child go through something sucky instead of letting your fears and ego push you toward quick solutions that give you a temporary hit of satisfaction and relief but actually solve nothing and degrade the parent-child relationship.
You CAN get there, I promise, and it starts with a free Discovery Call where I hear your story and start you on the road to a whole new way of being with your family!
It's Not About You
It's not about you! It's another one of my tough love lessons this week on the Confessions Of A Parent Coach podcast. Listen in as I share a huge blunder when I was definitely making some things about me and getting in the way of my kid, big time.
As parents, we sacrifice for and think of our kids so much. It might seem impossible that we could make anything about ourselves, but the truth is that we do it all the time.
This week's episode will help you see where you might be doing this, understand how to handle it when you are, and get clear on how this behavior might be holding you and your family back. If you are sick of just hearing me in your AirPods once a week and want to get me in your corner for real, check out my group program and set up a call to see if we're a good fit.
If you're not happy, no one's happy
What if happiness is your most powerful parenting skill? On this week's episode of Confessions Of A Parent Coach, I'm sharing stories from 2 of my clients who created big change with their kids, simply by raising their own self concept. I'll teach you how the way you see and feel about yourself impacts every aspect of your family's ability to function. Can you imagine feeling so solid in yourself that you know you're exactly what your child needs, and you're not afraid to give yourself the support and experiences that make it possible to be 100% YOU at your best? You CAN get there, I promise! It starts with a free Discovery Call with me where I hear your story and start you on the road to a whole new way of being with your family!
Hack into Empathy
I'm supposed to be compassionate, but what if I don't feel sorry for my kid?! This happens all the time! We might buy into the idea that loving consequences delivered with neutrality is the way to go. But that doesn't mean we actually FEEL loving or neutral! On this week's episode of Confessions Of A Parent Coach, I'll teach you how to hack into your empathy, even when your kid is on your last nerve. This might be my most actionable episode yet, so get ready for tools you can start using TODAY!
Are you ready to do more than 'fake it til you make it' with your kid? How awesome would it be to truly feel empathy and compassionate connection with them, even when they are taking their lumps and maybe even blaming you for it? This kind of parent-child relationship is nothing short of blissful and you CAN create it, I promise! It starts with a free Discovery Call with me where I hear your story and start you on the road to a whole new way of being with your family!
Expect to hear from Ann weekly with great tips on parenting from toddlers to teenagers. Subscribe to Confessions of a Parent Coach so you don’t miss an episode!
The Potty Training Approach to ALL Discipline
Remember Potty Training? Maybe it's a distant memory, or maybe it's still coming up for you - but in this episode of Confessions of a Parent Coach, I'm going to have you cast your mind to that time because there are great parenting lessons in there that apply to ANY aged kid and to ANY misbehavior. Listen in to learn what those lessons are and how to use them to transform whatever chronic misbehavior you are dealing with right now. Expect to hear from Ann weekly with great tips on parenting from toddlers to teenagers. Subscribe to Confessions of a Parent Coach so you don’t miss an episode!
All this stuff is easy to talk about in a podcast, but implementing it in real life is HARD! Are you ready for some help in making it happen? Set up a free Discovery Call with me, and I will get you started on the road to this way of being with your family!
Ann and her work is a game changer!!
I am so grateful for this podcast as each episode regardless of the topic reminds me that if I have an "agenda" or want my kids/husband or anyone for that matter to change in order for me to feel okay...GOOD LUCK and to get to work on ME with journaling, mediation, unpacking feelings and much more. Thanks Ann!
Her humor softens the blow
This parenting coach has struck a good balance between entertainer and educator. Her lessons are universal for any care-giver, but they’re also very personal with anecdotes about her kids and her clients’, as well as her own childhood. Be prepared to learn that you’re messing things up, and that doing things right is actually really different from what you’re doing. It’s hard, but Ann will deliver this information in a warm embrace, welcoming you into her circle of moms and dads just doing the best we can.
Parenting Wisdom In Digestible Form
Each episode is a nugget of wisdom that you can listen to in the car after dropping the kids off at school or practice. Ann gets it because she lives it. No condescension, just real info on how to connect better with your kids.