Coaching as a Parent

Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper, NVW graduate and founder of Interweavers, joins Adam to talk about the myriad ways we can—and perhaps already do—integrate these two roles, and how powerful the effects can be.

Here are some of the topics covered in the Stepping In podcast episode Coaching as a Parent:

  • Ways coaching skills overlap with the skills needed in parenting?
  • How does the coach’s presence help the client’s nervous system settle, similar to how a parent’s presence helps a child’s nervous system settle?
  • How should parents balance the need for deep attachment with setting boundaries for their children?
  • What similarities and differences exist between the body of a coach and the body of a parent regarding their roles and responsibilities?
  • How can coaches and parents be with suffering without feeling the need to fix it instead of comforting?
  • What are some strategies can parents use to help their children build resilience, especially when faced with disappointments or challenges?
  • What does it mean for a client or child to feel truly seen, and how does that experience facilitate growth?
  • How can positive discipline help parents understand and address the underlying needs behind their children’s behaviors?
  • How can parents and leaders maintain kindness and firmness simultaneously when setting boundaries or providing guidance?
  • What practices can help individuals, both children and adults, build their capacity to see through the good and the bad times.
  • How adults can recognize and embrace their “second mountain moments” or times of reorientation in life?


The presence we are continually developing as Integral Coaches allows us to be with clients—and parents of children—in a way that has them feel safe, seen, and capable. Addressing the issue beneath the behavior, being curious and receptive, and working to mitigate our own reactivity are all competencies that are essential for relating both as a coach and a parent.

Resources mentioned in this episode
Dr. Stephen Covey: Author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and creator of personal development frameworks.

David Brooks: Author of “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life”

About Catherine Bronnert DeSchepper
A Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Integral Coach, and Realization Process Meditation and Embodiment teacher dedicated to creating equitable learning communities centering on belonging and transformation. She believes that ending adultism, racism, and other forms of oppression begins with our own unlearning and healing.

Catherine has over 25 years of teaching, facilitation, and coaching experience from early childhood through graduate school. Catherine has a Masters in Early Childhood Education, a Montessori Administrator Credential, and is a Certified Realization Process Embodiment and Healing Ground Teacher.

About Adam Klein
Adam is dedicated to creating a more just, sustainable, creative, and loving world. Before joining New Ventures West, he helped create a first-in-class business solution to combat global slavery and relaunch a San Francisco Bay Area center for integral spiritual formation.

Adam has a Master’s degree in Engineering from Santa Clara University. Some time ago he entered the world of Ironman triathlons and ultra-running as a means to further understand the importance of the body and the deep, integral nature of being human.

Adam focuses on integrating NVW’s purpose and bringing it to fruition. He oversees strategy, tech, and the flow of various internal work streams, as well as supporting graduates and ensuring ICF compliance.

He regularly leads the Professional Coaching Course, hosts our orientation events in San Francisco, is the creator and host of the NVW podcast Stepping In, and has his own business coaching leaders and individuals.

About the Stepping In
Stepping In is a podcast of bold inquiry into life’s biggest challenges with one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished coaching schools, New Ventures West.

In a spirit of curiosity, compassion, and honesty, we delve into how Integral Coaching can address some of the most pressing issues we face as individuals, communities, and stewards of our planet.

In the Stepping In Podcast, we explore what it takes to develop the sensitivity and capacity required to live and thrive in an increasingly complex world.

About New Ventures West
From its humble beginnings to one of the top accredited coaching schools in the world, New Ventures West pioneered one of the deepest, most transformative forms of human development available for coaches, leaders, and anyone looking to bring people alive in possibility.

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00:40 The importance of presence
02:00 Integrating coaching in parenting
04:10 Attachment theory
06:30 Setting boundaries
09:00 Building resilience
11:12  Deep listening
13:50 Positive discipline vs. punitive measures
16:30 Addressing underlying needs
19:00 Validating emotions
21:30 Self-awareness and reflection
24:00 Implementing coaching as parents


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