With the summer floating away and autumn settling around us like the dew on the grass and the blackberries in the hedgerows, work is coming in thick and fast at NTC HQ which can only be a good thing.
As well as planning more PR School Workshops and meeting with businesses in Devon and London in the next few weeks, and I am also delighted to be working with Jenni Donato from Chance Coaching.
Jenni specialises in offering life coaching to mothers dealing with unexpected challenges that come their way and she knows about this first hand as her daughter has hip dysplasia, the same condition as my younger son, Lucas and we met via my support network, DDH UK.
Whether she is helping with creating a happier and calmer daily routine, managing a positive work-life balance, looking at confidence building or even planning for the future after a challenging health diagnosis, Jenni has the skills and experience to help. As an Affiliate Member of the Association for Coaching and therefore works to their strict Global Code of Ethics and confidentiality which is always good to know as a prospective client.
Jenni told me, “I am a wife, a mother of 2 adorable children and a life and family coach. My story started really when I met my soul mate at age 30 and we decided we wanted to start a family. In 2014 my beautiful daughter was born and I was thrilled. Her arrival was not without a few hiccups – a heart-breaking miscarriage, a year and a half of waiting to get pregnant and severe hip pain which rendered me on crutches for the first few weeks of motherhood. But here she was, our perfect bundle of joy. I assumed my life with my children would be ‘normal’ as mine had been but at the ages of 2.5 she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. We are told she had lived with a dislocated hip since birth, had a major operation ahead of her and then would have to be in a cast from the waist down for 3 months. The whole journey was tough, but we pulled together and came out the other side as a stronger family. This is when I realised I wanted to become a life coach, specialising in coaching to parents of children with additional needs and I’ve not looked back ever since. You can read my full story at Chance Coaching.
She added, “Chance Coaching is set up as a CIC (Community Interest Group) which means the profits go back into the community by providing life coaching to parents with children with additional needs. These parents sometimes have crippling challenges on top of the ‘normal’ parenting challenges and I’m getting amazing results with my current round of clients using the techniques I have learned through my training. So many people came forward to help when my daughter was going through her treatment that I just want to be there for others in similar situations. This is both my personal and company philosophy. Being a CIC also opens me up with opportunities to go for funding to provide my services free of charge to parents who really need it and through partnerships with organisations such as Chance to Dance – a disabled childrens dance school my daughter attends – we are well on the way to making this a reality.”
I think this is pretty cool and will be working with Jenni to highlight the services she offers and the results she helps her clients glean. It is early days but we have already offered comment for two features in key glossy magazines and are hoping to contribute to a new book so I have a feeling you will seeing more of this impressive coach very soon and believe she really is going places.
Below is our first press release which is looking at keeping it together during the stress of the school run (one of the hardest parts of the day for many of us) and if I can help with images, interviews or more information, just let me know and I will be very happy to help.
KEEP CALM, IT’S ONLY THE SCHOOL RUN
13 September 2018:It might be all smiles and hugs when you reach the school gates, but for many parents getting out of the house in the morning is an ongoing battle that is hard to win.
With breakfasts to make, teeth to clean, PE kits to pack and water bottles to fill, as well as children to feed and dress, it is hardly surprising that the start of the day is often stressful and dreaded.
Jenni Donato, Life and Family Coach at Chance Coaching, said, “The school run might not be as tough as a supermarket tantrum, but some mornings can be pretty soul destroying. While the other parents might look Instagram ready at 9am, I can guarantee that you are not the only person pretending everything went like clockwork and that life is perfect.”
She added, “Leaving your children to go into the classroom after a rocky start to the day isn’t great and can leave you feeling upset all day. By putting plans in place approaching things in a different way, can help make things run smoother and ensure that the smile you give your friends at the gates is the real deal.”
Jenni’s top tips for saying goodbye to the morning chaos are:
Plan, plan, plan
Sticking to a routine can make a big difference to how well your mornings. Whether you empty bags as soon as you get home, make pack lunches in advance, put out clean uniforms the night before or get older children to unload the dishwasher and set the table for breakfast, planning ahead works. What may start off as a struggle should only take a week or so to adjust to and you should make things easier.
Make it a team effort
Sounds simple but talking about how the whole family feels about your morning routine can be helpful and enlightening. You might want everyone to come downstairs dressed but they may prefer to eat their porridge in their PJs and put on their sweatshirt after they’ve washed their face, go with it and see if it makes a difference.
Make Time for You
Yes, the morning is about getting everyone ready for the day ahead but remember that includes you. I work with many women who look after their families but forget about their physical and mental wellbeing and this can lead to stress and resentment. Whether you have a shower in the evening, get up early and have a cup of tea while you watch the news or add a swipe of red lipstick before you walk out of the door, if you make time for yourself, you’ll be able to deal with all the morning throws at you that little bit better.
So, while the dog might eat the maths homework and the toothpaste will drip on jumpers, try to keep calm and remember, we are all just trying to get to school before the bell!
More details can be seen at www.chancecoaching.com
NOTES TO EDITORS
Choosing to have a family is one of the most life-changing experiences we can undertake. However, we get no official training and can never fully prepare ourselves for exactly how much our lives and relationships will change. It is not then surprising that family life is filled with surprises and challenges, which even the strongest of us sometimes struggle to navigate.
Chance Coaching’s trained family coach, Jenni Donato, offers life coaching to women struggling with unexpected challenges. These could include simply creating a happier and calmer daily routine, managing a positive work-life balance, confidence building for returning to work or even more complex challenges such as planning for the future after a complex health diagnosis of a child.
For more information, images, interviews, and trial media sessions contact:
Natalie Trice Communications
P: 07825 615303