How likely are you to work with a life coach around self care for moms?

Diana - posted on 11/02/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I am trying to find out how likely moms are to work with a life coach around self care. What kind of considerations do you have? Time? (coaching is usually done over the phone) Understanding of how important self care is? (if you don't care for yourself, who will care for your family when you can't?) Knowledge of what coaching is? ( Support, energy, confidence, care, etc.) Cost? (there are lots of creative ways to work with coaches that are very affordable. )

I DO NOT WANT TO SELL YOU MY SERVICES> I am just looking to see if there is interest in general.

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Diana - posted on 11/12/2010

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Michelle, You are so right; we model for our children all the time. By taking care of ourselves now they benefit because Mom can be more present with the family and be happy AND they learn how to care for themselves as they grow and when they are older. As Life gets stressful they will have some great skills and examples to fall back on. Soembody I talked with yesterday told me that as a child she felt the most secure when her parents were happy. It is easier to be happy when you include yourself in the equation for the daily goings on.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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I believe that if as a mom I took the approach to learn the skills of self care then in turn our children will grow up with these skills and learn how important self care is.

Diana - posted on 11/11/2010

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Hi Sandy,
Yes, as with anything, you have to really want to do it to get the most benefit. However, the benefits of working with a coach are limitless. People work with coaches for all kinds of reasons however it is usually becasue they are not happy with the status quo and have desire to do big things and go far in their lives. Some poeple work with coaches for only a few months and others always have a relationship with one. The question in regards to moms and self care is When does the pain of not taking care of yourself out weigh the pain of simply muddling along? Unfortunately, the answer to that is usually when one of their children is suffers because they are not available in some fashion. What would your daily life look like if YOUR needs were met first?

Diana - posted on 11/11/2010

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Traci, As in any profession there are good coaches and not so good coaches. It sounds like you found one that was more concerned about her agenda than yours. Cardinal rule # 1 is that it is ALWAYS the client's agenda. So, if you work in a bar and have trouble finding the time to make healthy meals, we work within those parmameters and figure out what does work for you. I imagine your hours are not necessarily the easist to manage around a "regular" family friendly schedule. However, it takes all kiinds of people to make the world go 'round and it takes all kinds of flexibility. Bottom line is what is going to work for YOU!

Diana - posted on 11/11/2010

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Hi Kathy,
What kinds of things would you be interested in working with a life coach on?

Sandy - posted on 11/11/2010

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I guess it sounds more like a sponsor. You have to really want the help otherwise the coach would be just a sounding board. I was thinking that my daughter could really use a life coach but I don't think she would want to take the time or have the patience to talk to someone on the phone.

Traci - posted on 11/10/2010

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I have worked with health coach! I've found that for me at least, it's very important that they have worked in or around same type of employment as you. My coach couldn't understand my not being able to stop and make a healthy meal or even to stop and eat at all. I'm a bartender

Kathy - posted on 11/10/2010

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I would be willing to work with a life coach for other things then self care.

Diana - posted on 11/09/2010

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Friends are certainly inmportant and I would never try to replace a friend; however, a life coach has only your interests in mind. Friends, certainly mean well, though they are often in the same boat. Which is fine if that is where you want to stay. If you want to upgrade to a smoother ride, life coaching may be the way to go.

Diana - posted on 11/09/2010

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A life coach is somebody who will partner with you to reach your goals. They will ask you questions that may not be apparent to you to ask yourself. Also They will hold you accountable to do what you say you are going to do. So for instance, if one of your goals is to make sure you take some time for your self every day, we will find a way to do that. We will also identify any blocks you have sitting in your way. Sometimes blocks are simply life happening. And yet, sometimes blocks are internal, such as a part of you that says you don't deserve to have time or make yourslef a priority. Or perhaps an assumption that says all moms are overtired, overworked and stressed. And when you are able ot be fully present to yourslef, you are then able to be fully present for your family. And believe me, they will notice the difference as will you.

Beverly - posted on 11/09/2010

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I think a best friend or a few best friends are the best life coach. I sorry I don't have time to call a stranger and complain about how hard my life as a wife and mom are. Remember God will never put more on you than you can handle.

Ana - posted on 11/09/2010

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Exactly, what does a life coach do? Are you a sounding board and encourager? Do you help families with their physical needs? Just curious.

Diana - posted on 11/06/2010

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HI Sherry,
Boy, do I remember those days. It does get easier- though it takes a few years. My favorite thing to do use to be grocery shopping when my husband could be with the kids. It was a chance to be ALONE for an hour or so (or however long I could stretch it). The great thing about coaching is that it usually takes place over the phone for only about 30-40 minutes; perhaps when the little one is napping.

SHERRY - posted on 11/05/2010

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My daughter is going on fourteen mo. Since then I have no time for me, just doing housework seems like a luxury time for me, finding time is like now. The late pm hours I get to play on my phone like I'm doing now. So making time for life coach, that would be a long stretch.

Diana - posted on 11/05/2010

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Hi Alicia,
You're right, life gets very overwhelming at times and having sombody to share that with can help tremendously. Sometimes simply being able to vent and release that energy is all you need. And then once you can see clearly again new possibilities may become apparent and ways to move forward open up. The hardest thing to do sometimes is to simply remember to keep breathing.

Alicia - posted on 11/05/2010

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SOME MOMS MAY FEEL THAT THEY ARE OVER WLEMED WITH LIFE IN GENERAL AND JUST MAY NEED SOME ONE TO HELP THEM EVEN IF IT IS JUST TO TALK.THAT MAY HELP THEM A WHOLE LOT

Diana - posted on 11/05/2010

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HI Louise, Let me ask you, on an airplane, who will you put the oxygen mask on first? You or your child? Being on the bottom of the list (there were many times I never even made the list) also means it's difficult to give our children the best care and parenting. How would your children benefit if mum was rested and fulfilled emotionally? What might a day of that look like for everybody involved?

Louise - posted on 11/05/2010

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I don't think mums have even the time to phone. Lets face it us mums are last on our list of self worth and care. I can't see that there is much need for this service, but I may be wrong!

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