Welcome to Positive Path Coaching
Hello! I'm Mary Upham, Parent Educator and PCI Certified Parent Coach®. My mission is to support parents in creating a more joyful family life, to encourage them to grow deep bonds with their children, and to share information on how to give kids an optimal start. That's the sweet side. I also sit with parents in times of desperation and questioning, listen while they tell their stories about the crazy things that kids do (and I tell some of my own), and commiserate when clients tearfully admit that they are not the parent they want to be. We've all been there at one time or another.
Do you yell at your kids and then regret it? Are you trying to be a good parent but feeling overwhelmed? Would you like to parent differently than your own parents but don't have a good role model? A parent coach is someone to confide in and ask for guidance, who will not judge or shame, but offer understanding, new tools, and encouragement. Parent coaching will support you to grow into the parent you want to be. It helps you visualize your ideal family life and then create the steps to get there.
Parenting today is no easy task. Get information, inspiration, and new possibilities that can make daily life 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.