At The UCLA Family Commons, the foundation of our coaching model and all of our curriculum is grounded in expert research on the different stages of family development. While our staff is constantly adapting and refining our programming based on new research and insight, you can access some great science notes from which we draw to showcase how our programming can impact your family’s well-being.
Family Coaching and Mindfulness
Throughout the different stages of pregnancy, expecting parents will experience a wide array of substantial changes in their lives. Each family’s experience will be unique along with their individual pregnancy questions – from identifying pregnancy symptoms to maintaining optimum wellbeing from conception to birth.
Childbirth education and birth plans generally lead to better pregnancy experiences and birth outcomes, including: improved communication (i.e. between the health care provider and patient about the birth experience), healthy attitudes during pregnancy and early parenting, and better coping with problems directly after birth (Bailey, 2008; Cwiek, 2006).
Family Coaching and Mindfulness are tremendous resources for expecting families, providing educational tips, structured support, coping skills, better emotional management skills, stress reducing exercises and relaxation techniques.
Baby & Me Classes and Family Coaching
The postpartum period in parent’s lives is a very complex time that can often be a stressful time. Managing changing identities, roles and relationships can be challenging. Postpartum care and support are important to maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing, managing stress levels, improving health, and coping with postpartum depression.
Adequate and sensitive caring of infants is important for the future health of the child (Mantymaa et al., 2006). Maintaining parental healthy (Cuipers et al., 2008), increasing self-efficacy (Seiber at al., 2006), establishing social support (Castle et al., 2007) and understanding marital relationships (Bell et al., 2007) allow parents to provide a secure basis for infant development and positive family functioning.
Baby & Me Classes help parents establish a healthy connection internally, with their newborns and with other parents navigating through the same stage of child development. Through music and yoga, parents enjoy a warm environment with fun and relaxing exercises to reduce stress, improve wellbeing and strengthen their early relationship with their child.
Family Coaching serve to help parents to identify postpartum symptoms, prepare for common challenges, develop problem-solving skills and recognize sources of social support during this time. The Family Coaching model motivates and educates parents on how to manage the unique issues that they may encounter – providing the necessary encouragement to improve their individual resiliency.
Parent Education and Family Coaching
The infancy stage of child and family development is a constantly evolving period for parents. From the ages of 0-12 months children are quickly growing – with that comes a growing need for answers to questions about infancy health, care and parenting.
Understanding infant needs (Sprunger, 1985), temperament (Calkins et al. 2004), attachment styles (Ainsworth, 1984), and marital relationships (Bell et al., 2007) are all imperative to healthy infant development and creating stronger foundations within the home.
Parent Education and Family Coaching help to better prepare parents for the growth and changes that take place within their family during their child’s infant stage. These programs and workshops focus on providing expert support, insight, and conflict resolution skills to optimize their family’s wellbeing during the infant’s first year.
Family Coaching, Baby & Me Classes and Parent Education
The toddler stage is recognized as a significant time of sharing and learning for both children and parents. While toddler aged children are exploring the world wide-eyed with excitement, parents need to be educated on their toddler’s development while also building strong and healthy connections.
Managing this growth period comes through learning about toddler development, building a social support network, and strengthening the relationship between parent and toddler. While the changes during this growth period can be stressful (Combrinck-Graham, 1985), research shows that building these connections and knowledge of child development results in a stronger foundation within the home.
Family Coaching and Parents Education consistently helps to identify common challenges during the toddler years and provides parents with expert insight on how to adjust and face difficult issues. Baby & Me Classes engage parents in the sharing process with other mothers and fathers at the same stage of child development, while at the same time strengthening their individual parent-child bond.
Family Coaching, Martial Arts and Yoga
Families with preschool aged children are experiencing a time of significant growth. The preschool transition represents a period of presenting the child and family to the larger community and society. The life changes at this stage of development require parents to monitor their preschooler’s behavior, and engage them in activities for social and emotional growth.
Managing these changes and growth can be a challenging time (Combrinck-Graham, 1985), but research shows that children’s peer relationships and emotional/social skills become more developed at this stage, and it is the responsibility of the parents to prepare children for society – ensuring it’s a positive experience.
Family Coaching helps parents to better understand their preschooler’s physical, emotional and social development, enabling them to provide a secure basis for their child to explore the world. Martial Arts and Yoga are tremendous preschooler activities that strengthen their foundations for healthy growth and development physically, socially and emotionally.
Martial Arts, Social Skills and Family Coaching
The early school-age period is a dramatic and ever-changing time for mothers, fathers and children given the complex scope of challenges experienced in the school age range of 6 to 12 years. Research shows that parents who prepare their children for the transition to school and larger social circles will improve their resiliency and ability to manage stress.
The main challenges during the school age years are associated with making the transition to school, and includes; establishment of healthy living routines, learning to self-regulate behaviors and emotions, becoming more independent from parents while developing relationships with teachers and peers, and preparation for the tween years.
Family Coaching helps mothers and fathers to better understand the unique dynamic of the challenges that their children are facing. Additionally, coaching provides mothers and fathers with support and tips to strengthen the parent-child relationship – modeling good behavior, supporting independence, maintaining open communication, and expressing interest in their child’s school, activities and peer relationships. Martial Arts reinforce parental encouragement and support, by establishing core values in children that include: strength, confidence, honor, integrity, discipline, respect and effort. Social Skills Workshops encourage healthy communication and emotional recognition while strengthening children’s coping skills, ability to navigate relationships and manage stress.
Parent Education, Family Coaching and Martial Arts
The tween period can be a challenging and stressful time for children. Tween boys and girls experience a wide array of changes between the ages of 10 – 12 while having to manage their identities, responsibilities and relationships. Research shows that the main challenges for tween-aged children include identity development, involvement with peer groups, establishment of healthy living behavior and preparation for the often stressful and tumultuous teen years.
Parent Education and Family Coaching help mothers and fathers identify the complex changes taking place in their tween’s lives – encouraging and empowering them to manage and navigate this period. With a healthy parent-child relationship, open communication, opportunities for personal interest and hobby development, and peer relationship involvement, the tween years can be a time of growth and thriving for children, parents and families. Martial Arts help tweens build confidence and self-esteem, while improving focus and building both physical and emotional strength.
Family Coaching and Mindfulness
The teenage years mark one of the most difficult periods in family development, presenting a unique dynamic of challenges that impact the wellbeing within a home. Research shows that the main challenges for teenage boys and girls are navigating through sexual maturation, increased peer pressure, evolving identities and changing education settings. Parents are managing their child’s social and emotional independence and advanced reasoning abilities. These collective challenges can result in conflicts between parents and adolescents.
Family Coaching improves the wellbeing within a home through an expert developed model of: encouraging parents and children to face issues, motivating them to develop solutions, training them to overcome adversity and establishing a commitment to results. Mindfulness for both youth and adults help to increase resiliency, improve individual wellbeing and reduce stress. Mindful Awareness and Youth Mindfulness provides exercises and tools to increase emotional flexibility and improve focus while encouraging parents and teens to live in the moment and become more compassionate.