Your Answer to Passing Down a Legacy From
Generation to Generation
by Susan Epstein, LCSW
What is good
parenting? Experts in parent coaching would
probably agree that good parenting means providing positive
and nurturing experiences for your child that build a
strong character and a sense of self-worth.
Have you ever heard the expression “we parent the way we
were parented”? To some extent this is true.
However, as a parent, a
family coach, and a
parent coach I have come to believe we are more
likely to use
the way we were parented as a measuring stick,
barometer, or baseline than as a rigid template. Some of us
want to recreate our childhood for our children, others
want to run away from those memories as fast as we
And still others want some
of what was good and want to let go of what was not.
I wanted my children to have lots of down time, time to
play and pretend like I had. I also wanted them to
have the knowledge that they could do anything or be
anything they wanted; something that I did not learn in
How do you get there? Well, I first have to ask,
What do you value? Honesty, respect, manners,
self-discipline, courage? What do your values give you?
Peace of mind? Pride? What do you want to
pass on to the next generation, and the next and the
next? What legacy are you going to leave your
children? What will they tell their children about
their childhood experiences?
you are a parent of a young child or a teen, it is not
too late to get parent coaching. There is no
cookie cutter recipe for good parenting. It has to
mean something to you. And it needs to come from
you. Your parent coach will work with you to
develop your own personal style of parenting, methods
that works for you, designed with your values, ethnicity
and culture in mind. When you work with your
parent coach you will create your unique parent mission
statement and learn to implement the parenting style
that works for you and your family.
You can’t change the past, but working with a parent
coach can have a huge impact on the present and the
future of your children for generations to come.
Susan P, Epstein, LCSW,
parent and family coach, works with parents and families
looking for satisfaction, balance and growth.
Susan is an expert in the areas of family dynamics,
parenting and child development and her unique blend of
therapy and coaching combine to make her a powerful
catalyst for change.
Susan practiced psychotherapy for 23 years before becoming
a coach, writer and speaker. She graduated from
University of California at Berkeley School of Social
Welfare. She is a licensed clinical social worker
in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Susan also
completed training with the Coaches Training Institute,
an internationally accredited coach training
organization. She is based in Connecticut. Learn
more about Susan.
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