I get asked these questions all the time … “Why would a family want a coach? What benefit is there to having a family coach?”
Most families that call Motherland Travel are simply calling us to help them plan a trip. When we begin talking, we delve deeply into the family’s dynamics. I want to explore the issues and needs of each family member so I understand the impact these issues and needs will have on a family’s trip. But as I have also learned, these issues and needs affect lives in general. Having a multi-cultural family can be complicated – I get it. As a Certified Professional Coach, the Founder and CEO of Motherland Travel AND the mother of two internationally adopted children, I have been researching (and living) the issues and needs of adoptive families for many years.
Travel can be a wonderful tool for personal growth and family development, as is family coaching. They go hand in hand nicely. A coach’s job is to help individuals define themselves in relationship to others in their families so they understand how their behaviors impact other family members and visa versa. Change takes place when we own our emotional reactions to triggers and interactions. Coaching offers individuals a process for making change in their relationships. As a coach I listen, I reflect and I help my clients plan and strategize. If you want to make a shift in your family dynamics, coaching and travel can be very valuable tools.
Adoptive parents are often dealing with issues of grief, loss, fear, guilt and shame. Adoptive children are also dealing with grief, loss, fear, guilt, shame, as well as low self-esteem, self-identity issues and potentially issues related to attachment and bonding. As a coach or a travel consultant, I cannot help families with deep emotional attachment issues. I can however, offer activities and mentoring that will help families identify and own their challenges, unite under common goals and in turn feel connected by supporting each other. That is a huge first step in building deeper connections, self-esteem and a positive self-identity.
4 One Hour Bi-Weekly Phone or Skype Sessions = $350
Includes: An in-depth exploration of your family dynamics, discussions about what brought you here, what goals you have for your family, and writing a vision statement (a family’s vision of what they want to become and what it will look like when it is achieved).
Benefits: Help families identify and develop their potentials, act as a sounding board in order to affect positive communication and motivation within the family structure, identify goals and establish a vision of their achievement.
6 One Hour Bi-Weekly Phone or Skype Sessions = $500
Includes: An in-depth exploration of your family dynamics, establishing goals and a writing vision statement. We will also create a Family Mission Statement (a description of a family’s reason for existing — a statement of your family’s purpose, goals, and standards).
Benefits: Includes all of the benefits of the 3-session package as well as creating a unified expression of your family’s purpose, goals and standards by articulating and drafting a Family Mission Statement that reflects how your family chooses to live.
8 One Hour Bi-Weekly Phone or Skype Sessions = $650
Includes: An in-depth exploration of your family dynamics, establishing goals and a writing vision plan. We will also create a Family Mission Statement and develop and Strategic Action-Plan (developing practical ways to enact the change a family wants to see).
Benefits: Includes all of the benefits of the 6-session package as well as developing a plan to make it happen. Once we have identified your goals, vision and mission we will be able to put an action plan in place that will help your family to meet their objectives.