Manage the Transition
Having a baby is one of the biggest life transitions you will ever face. While there are hundreds of courses that will prepare you on the practical aspects of raising a child, there seems to be fewer resources or support programs that focus on preparing you, the individual or couple, who is about to go through a major life transformation. How will this shift your world view? Your values? Your priorities? Your relationship? Your career? Your passions, interests and past-times? Your friends? Your family? Your likes and dislikes? The list goes on…
Research into happiness suggests that having a baby can actually cause happiness levels to plummet, but rest assured, it’s nothing to do with the baby and everything to do with adapting to the environment. And this is no surprise given that a little person demands absolutely all of your resources – both physical and emotional. It’s all too easy to lose your focus and put yourself last.
Coaching gives you the opportunity to take a break and prioritise yourself in order to be the best that you can be for your child. Acknowledging that the happier you are, the happier your child is underlies success. A coach can act as your sponsor or champion to help you maintain perspective, refocus, prioritise, negotiate and mediate and most importantly, reflect and appreciate as you adapt into this new phase of your life. This should enhance the experience for all of your family.
Whilst every individual is different and will experience a set of unique challenges, below I have listed typical focus areas that I have addressed with clients who receive maternity coaching:
(Re)defining your identity
Discovering your values
Finding meaning and purpose at work
Career planning and strategising
Establishing life priorities and plans
Overcoming self esteem or confidence issues
Dispelling self-limiting beliefs
Balancing work and home life
Managing relationships at home and at work
Building personal resilience
You might also like to read my blog post - Maternity Leave - Career Breaker or Career Maker