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We did it.  We made the very difficult decision to pull the girls out of daycare for the summer.  Translation:  I will be a... Summer survival with Your Parenting Partner

We did it.  We made the very difficult decision to pull the girls out of daycare for the summer.  Translation:  I will be a stay-at-home, work-from-home mama for 2 months.  AND I AM SO NERVOUS.

For many of you reading this, you’re maybe wondering what the big deal is.  A lot of you are probably at home full-time with your wee ones and maybe even love it.  I’ve tried to be at home full-time with the girls and to love it, but the truth is, is that it’s always a bit of struggle for me.

Photo credit: Images by Bethany

Photo credit: Images by Bethany

While I am excited at the idea of lots of outdoor park time and picnics and playdates, I do worry about feeling anxious, being unable to meet the demands of running my business, and how I will handle the power struggles that seem to happen between Portia and I.  I have to admit that it has gotten quite a bit better now that she is 4.5 years old, but for some reason, we still really butt heads.  I know some parents can relate to hearing nothing but praises about their kids from EVERYONE around them only to experience nothing but meltdown after meltdown when they are alone with them.  I still don’t get it, but I will never give up working on my relationship with my loving, caring, deeply sensitive, and strong-willed daughter.

Sometimes, these things require enlisting help.  So, I have done just that.

For 2 months before the summer begins, I am going to be on weekly phone calls with Louise Clarke, Your Parenting Partner, who will help me to overhaul my parenting approach with Portia, as some things are clearly not working for us.

Together we will build a parenting plan designed to guide you to meet your parenting goals and to address any specific problems that need remedying. – Louise Clarke, Your Parenting Partner

Louise and her husband used a parenting coach when their own 3 children were younger and continue to see/feel the benefits.  As a result, Louise wanted to offer this same support to parents using the Adlerian model when she started her own parent education services.

There is so much to consider as a parent, and raising well-rounded, empathetic and happy children is a goal I know we all share.  Sometimes we need some guidance as to how to best approach all this and thankfully services like Louise’ exist to help us along the way!

Working with a Parent Educator will bring you the clarity you deserve. With this clarity you will begin to see yourself, your children and your environment in a different light. This new perspective will help bring more confidence and energy to your parenting. But, most importantly, you will have a plan that works for you, one that fine tunes what the experts say, one that is unique to you and one that works in the long term.

Whatever your challenge, together we can get you back on track, to that place where you know what to do and trust yourself to be able to do it.

If you feel that your current parenting style is not working / doing it for you or you kids, or your parenting approach needs an over-haul, or you would just love the support from a mama who has professional training and has also ‘been there’, do we have good news for YOU!

Louise is very generously offering 10 HOURS of FREE coaching sessions (Value $1000 !!) to one lucky North Shore Mama reader.  That means 10 consecutive weeks of problem sharing, problem solving and putting in place a plan to better equip you on this crazy journey we call parenthood!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below.  Please note that these sessions will be via phone call or Skype (your choice!).

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Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Jenn

    May 5, 2015 #1 Author

    I pull the kids out of daycare every summer too. And I’m not going to lie…. it’s tough to balance. :) But fun too. We do swimming lessons and trips to the lake and my kids have a really amazing summer. A little less work gets done but we all enjoy it. And on the hard days I just do a countdown to the first day of school!


  • AngelaV

    May 6, 2015 #2 Author

    Definitively being patient and keeping my cool when I am being challenged by my 4 year old!


  • Nicole Collins

    May 7, 2015 #3 Author

    tantrums…. ’nuff said.


  • Taylor Hawkins

    May 9, 2015 #4 Author

    My 7 year old son has a nasty temper and is always talking back to us and doesn’t listen – but he’s sweet as sugar at school! We’re at a loss as to what to do and hopefully we can get some help :)


  • Kimberly Burns

    May 11, 2015 #5 Author

    Hi! Our greatest challenge is strange, new meltdowns for the 3.5yo boy. We have two boys (3.5 and almost 2) and are expecting a baby girl in June. It is difficult to keep them moving in the same direction when we ‘need’ to do things, and I am worried about reaction to the new baby!


  • Robyn Bellefleur

    May 13, 2015 #6 Author

    When my youngest answers NO to everything!


  • Sarah

    May 14, 2015 #7 Author

    random meltdowns from a 2.5 year old that dropped her nap 6 months ago!


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