About Leanna Long
For over 13 years I have been working with families and children in both domestic and professional settings. From teaching at a local Montessori school, to mentoring with Denver Kids Inc., and working as a professional Nanny for over 10 years. Over this time I developed a great interest in the inner workings of families and households.
Studying Human Development in college broadened my understanding of different developmental stages, the intricacies of the family unit and parenting styles. I graduated with a BA in Human Development and a minor in Elementary Education.
After college I felt a deep desire to enhance my skills in working with families by becoming a Family Coach. Through my certification program at The Academy for Coaching Parents International (ACPI) I developed effective coaching tools.
My philosophy in working with children centers around mindful care-taking. I believe it’s important to take emotions and reactions off of autopilot. This allows us to be fully present in our interaction with the child. It’s important to show children that we trust them and give them a part in obeying the many things we ask of them. This helps builds inner-resilience, self-reliance and gives them ability to make good choices.
I like to think of discipline more as educating the child. In fact, I really don’t like the word discipline at all. I believe a better approach is to think about guiding their behavior and gradually teaching children what’s acceptable and what’s not. Instead of rushing and dictating what the child needs to do, we use time more effectively and former upsets or tantrums become teachable moments.
Many parents struggle with setting boundaries because they feel it’s being too strict or harsh but the truth is children are looking to us to see where the boundaries are. When expectations and boundaries are clearly outlined the child is able to relax trusting that the adult is in control. Then the child feels the security they need to explore and learn within those boundaries.
When I work with my clients our goal is to create complicity with the child. Meaning that you really do have eyes in the back of your head, or more simply put you know what they are going to do before they do it. This allows you as the parent to make minor adjustments, guiding their behavior instead of responding with anger, irritation or frustration. Believe me it can be done!
Today, I draw from all of my experiences in my coaching, which allows me to offer my clients a truly unique perspective. My goal as a coach is to strengthen the parent-child relationship and help families connect on a deeper level. I am very dedicated and passionate about what I do. I believe there is no greater reward than seeing a family come out of the coaching experience feeling a deep sense of accomplishment for the new found peace and balance they have created in their home.I look forward to meeting your family and providing you with the tools to reach your goals.