When we put ourselves first as parents…

everything else starts falling into place – especially our relationship with our kids. When we have peace of mind, feel fulfilled and have the bandwidth to deal with emotions, challenges and stressors, our kids follow suit

“Be the parent you want to be and create the type of relationship you want to have with your kids.”

Welcome!

Hey there and warm welcome! I’m so glad you’re here and it doesn’t matter whether you stumbled upon this page or your actions brought you here. The important thing is – you’re here and so am I.

You are in the right place if you are looking for ways to create peace of mind and confidence as a parent, an amazing connection with your kids and the ability to RESPOND to your kids rather than REACT.
You’re here if you are self aware and want to know how you can impact the atmosphere in your own home so that it is more positive, joyful and let’s be real…just easier.

My name is Iva Helena Gojanović and what I like to call myself a “Hrvatikanka or “Cromerican”- a dual citizen of the US and Croatia. I am also a mom to a beautiful daughter, Mia (with whom I’ve had more hands on experience than I could ever have imagined) a school adjustment counselor, licensed therapist,  NLP masters level practitioner and Social and Emotional Skills licensed coach, and a self-development geek.

With over 20 years of working with children and families in various mental health settings, including residential homes, schools, and private practice, as well as continuing on a journey of my own self-growth and development, I have come to recognize the importance of emotional management and communication. The greatest struggles and dis-ease surface when kids and caregivers alike were not able to manage their emotions and communicate their needs effectively.

You are in the right place if you are looking for ways to create peace of mind and confidence as a parent, an amazing connection with your kids and the ability to RESPOND to your kids rather than REACT. You’re here if you are self aware and want to know how you can impact the atmosphere in your own home so that it is more positive , joyful and let’s be real…just easier.

You are also in the right place if you want to know how you, as a parent, can support your kid’s social and emotional development.

From getting out the door, to putting on socks, to not arguing about what’s for dinner. Every single parent has their triggers and not all triggers are the same! That is why I work with you individually. You get to lead our partnership, create your own vision of what you want parenting to look like and I support you in that through specific guided questions and exercises.

FUN FACT

Did you know that 75% of parents who I ask “What is your vision for your relationship with your kids in the future?” Have no idea how to answer! Why?

Because parenting is so reactive that parents rarely get an opportunity to really outline what it is they want and hope for.

They fly by the seat of their pants and outside forces like peas up the nose (Yes, this happened), the same spill 20X, and having to repeat the same request over and over take up the brain space and bandwidth!

Coaching process

In this coaching process, we will create your vision for how you want to parent and the type of relationship you want to have. We will troubleshoot behavioral challenges and work on improving your communication and relationship with your kid so that challenging behaviors will begin to decrease, while your own confidence in how to handle these challenges will increase. We will identify your own areas of strength and areas to work on as it relates to social and emotional intelligence and implement practical tools to help you on your own journey. As this coaching program focuses on the social and emotional development of both you and your kids, you will also have access to resources, activities and tools to help your kids develop these skills as well.

Behavior

All behavior is a form of communication. When we can better understand our own behavior as well as that of our kids, we begin to see patterns, needs and desires. By being open to learning about ourselves and our kids, we can start to engage in new ways that create connection and fulfillment in our relationships- first with ourselves and then with our kids.

Skill

I have blended coaching around social and emotional skills, my years of both personal and professional experience and positive parenting to create a coaching program that helps parents grow alongside their kids to create connection and improve communication.

Intelligence

The four components of social and emotional intelligence as stated by Daniel Goleman are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management.

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