Fiddlehouse Parent Coaching

Parent coaching with Fiddlehouse is a customized-to-your-family opportunity to understand your children’s behavior, your parenting style and how to mentor success for intense children.  You’ll develop your parenting style with the support of a master level coach and trainer who will not pass judgment on you, but will stand by you as you gain new skills.

Joshua received his parent coach training at Adler Graduate school. He has been a coach with Tina Feigal’s Center for the Challenging Child and the Center for Inclusive Childcare.

There’s no diagnosis from your coach, just solid, usable tools for bringing out the best in your children and yourself. The techniques I use are especially helpful with intense children and children with have an ADD/HD diagnosis or are being considered for a diagnosis. How do we define “intense”?  If you have a child with whom typical parenting methods don’t help, and even make the situation worse, you’ve come to the right spot.

Fiddlehouse Parent Coaching is not like the Supernanny. I do not invade your home or put your children on a naughty spot. I have gathered tools from the best parenting programs, including the Nurtured Heart Approach and Positive Discipline, and combined them with my own experience as a parent and work with children and families in crisis.

We meet for 1½ hours for the first appointment and 1 hour after that.  Typically, parents have five appointments, after which they decide whether to continue, based on their individual needs.

The appointments are usually two weeks apart, so you have time to implement the techniques and come back to get your questions answered. You can request once-a-week appointments if you choose.

For families who are not in the Twin Cities Metro Area, appointments can be over the phone, on three-way calls with spouse or and/or teacher, or even over the Web.  I can work with people from all over the world. Parents and teachers alike benefit from coaching.

What will I gain from parent coaching?

You will:

  • Understand the underlying cause of the unwanted behavior.
  • Learn to approach the child as a success mentor, rather than the “behavior police.”
  • Energize children’s success in a way that brings out the best in them.
  • Help your child identify real feelings, so they don’t have to come out “sideways” through inappropriate behavior.

What can I expect for long-term results with parent coaching?

Parent coaching will help you to:

  • Learn highly effective techniques and apply them, whenever or wherever you are with any child.
  • Gain a sense of peace and calm in your child’s presence.
  • Gain control over the classroom or home environment.
  • Take pride in the fact that your child/student is successful.
  • Witness your child’s dramatically increased sense of esteem and empowerment.

Does the coach meet my children?

Not usually.  I support adults from the background, placing the healing in the hands of parents and teachers who love the children and have the most invested in their success.  I help parents maintain the authority with their children, which can dissipate if they see their parents being corrected. We also work best when we have our clients’ full attention, and they have ours.  Occasionally home visits are necessary, but only when parents need extra support.  In addition to parent coaching, our coaches visit schools to observe children anonymously, attend school meetings with parents, and consult with teachers on improving behavior.

How much does it cost?

For private consumers, the initial 1½-hour appointment is $160, and subsequent 1-hour appointments are $80.  Visa and MasterCard are accepted through PayPal. If you have a child care business or are a teacher, the coaching can be deducted from your taxes as an educational expense. Families who buy 5 sessions up front get a $50.00 rebate, bringing the cost down to $430.00.


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