Coaching is ‘unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them – a facilitation approach’ (Whitmore, 1992)
Coaching (whether it be called leadership, executive, business, life or parent coaching) allows the person being coached to focus time and attention on an issue, look at it from different perspectives, problem solve, discuss new approaches, generate realistic solutions and commit to action. In effect, what a coach does is “give the client a good listening to”, as well as reflecting back the facts, thoughts, feelings and patterns that they notice as the client talks.
Coaching is for any parent, guardian, teacher or individual working with children who is committed to improving their skills for interacting with children.
One-to-one coaching sessions are usually 1½ - 2 hours long and it is often helpful to have a programme of at least three sessions, spaced three to four weeks apart.
Small group coaching programmes adopt a similar schedule and are for a maximum of six people. Participants not only benefit from expert and peer coaching on their own parenting issue, they learn from other members of the group and how to adopt a coaching style of communication.
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.