Cindy has worked as a parent coach, a family therapist and a yoga practitioner. She is a certified Parent Coach through the Parent Coaching Institute in Seattle, which is the only graduate level training program in the US that offers certification in parent coaching. Cindy’s parenting was profoundly affected by yoga after her daughter was born with cerebral palsy and she became licensed as a practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child. Cindy has also facilitated educational support groups and parenting workshops on a variety of topics.
Cindy has a Master’s degree in Psychology, completed post-graduate studies in family and couple’s therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and has focused her work on families in various groups and sub-groups.
As the mother of three children, ages 17, 14, and 9, including a daughter with special needs, Cindy stumbled, coasted and occasionally soared through infancy, toddler-hood, tweendom, and full-blown adolescence. Like all children, her three have some similarities and, of course, great differences. Each has aspects that challenge her, requiring Cindy to draw on different strengths as she supports them through the difficult moments while still allowing them to develop their own resiliency. As they grow, Cindy too evolves — learning about them and herself on an almost daily basis.
Cindy’s journey from parent to parent coach stemmed from the profound realization that while there are thousands of books dedicated to parenting, she learned the most through conversations with parents struggling with issues similar to my own. But not every parent has a network that includes people struggling as they are. Every family has a unique story to tell and unique needs … but they also have unique strengths to combat what they are facing. As a parent coach Cindy has the blessing of helping them identify the areas of conflict and stress and the strengths they can draw on to help them. When you read a parenting book, it tells you what you should be doing … working with a parenting coach allows a family to learn what they are already doing well and how to make the most of that success. Doctors help us care for our children when they are sick, therapists guide us when we are in crisis or when intervention is necessary, but a parent coach helps other parents understand and grow their own parenting style and how to take care of themselves as they ride the waves of parenting.
As parents, we are blessed to know a love deeper than we ever imagined … Our children touch us deeply. With that deep connection, however, our children also have the ability to push our buttons and reveal sides of ourselves we are uncomfortable with and never expected to come out in connection with our parenting. Sometimes this can strain our day-to-day interactions with our children and develop into patterns that are difficult to break.
When we seek ways of parenting that align with our true self, our values and our beliefs, that undesirable side of ourselves, despite the discomfort it may cause, creates an opportunity to really examine how we want to parent, what our road blocks are, and how we can utilize our strengths.
When we parent from a centered place, we gain the ability to interact with our children in ways that support our own growth as parents and individuals and the growth of our children. When we parent from our core, we parent in ways that make us feel confident and joyful as we watch our children grow into their true selves.
READ CINDY’S PUBLISHED ARTICLES
— WHY SELF-CARE IS VITAL FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS as seen in Boston Parents
— CHILD’S REPOSE – HOW YOGA HELPED A MOTHER SEE HER DAUGHTER’S DISABILITY IN A NEW LIGHT as seen in Natural Solutions
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