Parenting with Confidence,
Intention, and Connection
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a workshop led by Cindy and presented by my employers internal parents group. The session, Taking Care of Yourself (the best gift you can give your children), left me feeling empowered to take time for myself without feeling guilty. Cindy’s approachable demeanor encouraged questions and audience participation, overall I found it to be a very worthwhile event!
Like many parents, we have experienced varying degrees of feeling like we know what we are doing while raising our kids. This past spring we came to a place of feeling stuck in a rut and were relying on parenting techniques that weren't effective, so we began to look for someone who might guide us in growing us as parents. We had the fortune of meeting Cindy and working with her was a wonderful experience! She challenged us (in a good way) and with her support we have been able to gain more perspective as parents during challenging moments, and are learning take more advantage of the opportunities to both appreciate when things are going smoothly at home and went to take a deep breath, step back, and consider how to approach different situations in constructive ways. Thank you Cindy!
Parenting is hard! My wife and I really wanted to do it well, but we had been getting by with trial and error (lots of both). We needed a better way to build our parenting skills and confidence. Cindy was the perfect solution! She has a wealth of knowledge on parenting along with a warm and engaging style that made it easy for us to discuss our challenges and work on solutions. We've learned so much -- her approach provided us with specific tools and techniques we could put right to work. I'm happy to say it's made a huge difference and our whole family works better together as a result of our time with Cindy.
Strong Roots Counseling was thrilled to access Cindy's considerable expertise with families when we offered a group for parents who were balancing the needs of siblings, specifically when one had a mental or physical health need. An incredibly underserved parent population, Cindy deftly balanced the practical with the supportive, allowing these parents to form a cohesive group that extended beyond their time together with Cindy. At the end of the series, all participants were asking for more.
Cindy Kaplan is a dear friend and trusted parent coach who incorporates the creative arts in her work with families. What makes Cindy especially SPECIAL and TALENTED is that she is an EXPERT IN FAMILIES OF SPECIAL NEEDS. A mom of a beautiful daughter with special needs, she is particularly astute at working with these issues. If you ever are looking for a resource for special needs, including ADHD, and other organic deficits, please feel free to find her and gain her expertise. She is also a wonderful speaker and leads workshops around the country.
Working with Cindy was truly a transformative experience. As a busy mom and surgeon, I was looking for a practical and efficient approach to help me be a better parent. Cindy helped me identify how I wanted to parent. Cindy worked with me to better understand my boys (5 & 7) and their unique personalities and needs, as well as my needs as a parent. We worked together on solutions that were sustainable, individualized, flexible and worked for our family. Since working with Cindy, getting out of the house in the morning, coming home from work, homework, getting dinner on the table, getting ready for bed (all simple, but complicated, things) all happen with more of a sense of calm and control. It has been about a year since our sessions and I have changed as a parent for the better -- as a result the kids are better behaved and our whole family is calmer and happier. I am so thankful that I went through this process -- and so are my kids!
It's so easy to talk to Cindy. She listens carefully and attentively and asks thoughtful, clarifying questions that really zero-in on the heart of any topic. Cindy is empathetic, funny and centered in her parent coaching. I find she is able to connect the dots very quickly and see family matters from the perspective of all parties involved. It is comforting to talk with someone so completely supportive and non-judgmental about personal issues. Her positive energy has helped me reflect on my parenting in a useful, constructive way.
I love it because it is so personalized. My kids never fit the scenarios in the books and that was frustrating. Coaching looks at each family member as a unique being that doesn't have to fit the book's protocol.