Welcome to Positive Path Coaching!
I'm Mary Upham, a PCI Certified Parent Coach®. My mission is to support parents in creating a more joyful family life, to help them appreciate the beauty in everyday life with kids, to encourage them to create deep, lasting bonds with their children, and to share information on how to give kids an optimal start.
If you wish you had someone to ask for guidance that would "get" your family system and values, yell at your kids and then regret it, are trying to be a good parent but feeling overwhelmed, or sometimes throw up your hands because you don't know what to do - parent coaching is for you. Would you like to parent differently than your own parents but don't have a good role model? Parent coaching can help you clarify the kind of family life you want to have and then support you in getting there.
Parenting today is no easy task, but coaching offers support, encouragement, and new possibilities for daily life that can make it so much easier. Be the parent you dream of being!
Listen to an interview with Mary:
Parent Well in our Digital World – Successful Single Parenting in a Digital World
Gloria DeGaetano, founder of The Parent Coaching Institute, and CEO of Parent Coach International talks with PCI Certified Parent Coach® Mary Upham on the Parent Well in Our Digital World podcast. Gloria and Mary discuss the specific challenges of single parenting including finding the time, energy, and confidence to set boundaries about the media when feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. They outline successful strategies in these three basic areas:
1. The importance of parental self-care—filling our own cups keeps us clear, confident, and creative with enough energy to deal positively with potentially contentious issues.
2. Keeping lines of communication open with our kids gives vital opportunities for family media literacy activities—using teachable moments as we go.
3. Making sure we stay positive and upbeat—even when the rules at “the other house” aren't the same as ours—this gives kids lots of opportunities to learn how to adjust, even thrive, in different environments with different expectations.