Why Family Coaching? by Lillian Murray
Family coaching is a process where one or more members of a family partners with a coach to address goals that will ultimately improve their family dynamics. The interactions between family members, how they relate to one another and how the family functions as a whole is everything. My personal niche is focusing on supporting children and teens, assisting with parenting needs (sometimes referred to as a parenting coach) and those that work with the entire family together.
Every family has their own group dynamics and unique structures, whether it’s a traditional family with two parents, a single-parent family, a blended family, an extended family, a one-child family, an adopted family or a family with same-sex parents. I have experience with all of these modern families, including my own!
One of the most important things to consider in family coaching are the needs and wants of each of the family members, so as to better facilitate the coaching process. Often times, families need help, just like a smaller organization. They need to communicate about their shared values, beliefs and goals and see where they are aligned and where they may be out of sync. There are all sorts of tools that a coach can use to help families leverage their strengths as well as help decrease the noise in what may hold each person back from achieving their goals.