An Interview with Bay Area Parent Coach Lindsey Ryan

With each new stage of parenting, a new set of challenges begins. It sometimes seems like just when you’re getting comfortable with your child’s age and behaviors, they go ahead and change things up! Fortunately, there are parenting coaches like Lindsey Ryan who can help you navigate your parenting challenges. You don’t have to go at it alone!

Read on to find out more!

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Q&A with Parent Coach Lindsey Ryan

Before we dive in, let’s get to know you! Tell us about yourself.

Hello! I’m Lindsey, a mom of two young daughters and a ten-year-old doodle. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, we now reside in Silicon Valley after a three-year expat journey. I love staying active, traveling to new places, indulging in a glass of wine, and spending quality time with my friends and family.

For twenty years, I have worked professionally in a range of capacities as an advocate for children, adolescents and families. I have collaborated with parents, offering a variety of coaching and professional support. I am prepared to assist you in fostering a peaceful and happy home environment.

What is a parent coach?

A parent coach isn’t going to tell you what to do or not to do. Nor am I going to push upon you my personal parenting philosophies as those are specific to my family, beliefs and children. A parent coach will meet you where you are at and help you gain confidence in your parenting identity.

Coaching involves a creative and thought-provoking collaboration between the client and coach, aiming to be purposeful and cooperative. The coach aids and encourages the client’s development and learning by promoting reflection, exploration, envisioning a desired future, and establishing strategic objectives to achieve it.

I implement a coaching model grounded in research; combining reflective and appreciative inquiry approaches. This enables parents to recognize and utilize the strengths within their family systems for the well-being of both the parent and their entire system. By highlighting what works well, parents gain clarity in determining their next steps to move forward.

How did you become interested in becoming a parent coach?

Coaching focuses on addressing current, everyday challenges that don’t require healing but creative and new solutions. Counseling involves addressing and healing past emotional wounds that need attention.

Why might someone need a parenting coach?

Parents often seek parent coaching for the following reasons:

-To act as a sounding board and resource person

-To support your efforts and goals to improve self-care

-To offer practical ideas and tips rooted in the latest research

-To provide evidence-based strategies for managing digital devices

-To assist in navigating divorce, co-parenting and single parenting

-To help you capitalize on your strengths to address parenting challenges

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How often do you meet with clients and how long do you work with them for?

Throughout our time together, first time clients will have weekly one-hour coaching sessions for seven to ten weeks, connecting virtually. The sessions will kick off by reviewing your intake form and discussing the reasons for seeking parent coaching. In the initial sessions, we will concentrate on identifying your strengths and those of your family. Following that, we will visualize your ideal parenting and family goals in the third session. Sessions four to nine will include collaborative brainstorming to generate fresh ideas and solutions for current challenges. The last session will highlight the most effective strengths and strategies that have proven successful. Over the course of the seven to ten weeks, my aim is to be a supportive friend, engaging in meaningful conversations, and serving as a sounding board to assist you on your parenting journey.

Where can people find you online?



If you are considering a parent coach and want to know if it is the right fit for you, I would love to schedule a complimentary call. You can email me at lindsey@lindseyryancoaching.com.

Parent Coach Lindsey Ryan

One takeaway I hope you get from this is that you’re not alone, and that there is help for your parenting challenges! Please do reach out to Lindsey for more information. And check out these other topics that might interest you:

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