Cara helped me to the see the Ego in parenting and how, it, more than anything, would hinder an authentic connection to my daughter.
— Parent of a highschool student
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Podcast with Dr. John Duffy & Cara Pollard,
Forgiveness Can Set You Free

Having a parent coach is akin to having an expert in your back pocket. Nobody is perfect and there is always something to be learned in order to improve your skills, so why not hire a parent coach to help with the most important job in the world, parenting? Cara had a firm but gentle hand in empowering and guiding me through this new phase of being a parent and helped me to be a better mom to my college-aged son. In my book, every parent would benefit from working with Cara, she is amazing!”
— Mom to a college student
After 13 years of a pretty idyllic parent/child relationship, the dynamics of my divorce, a string of devastating deaths in our family, and my daughter’s inevitable teen arrival, made my parenting skills seem obsolete in the current modern-day teen world.

— Mother to high school student
Cara held my hand and guided me, gracefully, through my daughter’s freshman year, rocket-ship-to-mars-experience that parenting began to feel like for me. After a tremendous amount of familial loss and change within our family, coinciding with my daughter’s 14th birthday and her freshman year in high school, I no longer recognized the child before me.  Not to mention, and acknowledge, that she was so inherently different from myself, at her age.  Of course she would be.  She is her own person, but how did this happen?
— Mother to a teen
Parenting is still a day-to-day process and one that needs a constant resetting and checking of Ego and expectations.  However the skills that Cara has helped to place in my ‘Parent Toolbox’ give me the confidence, calm and knowledge to guide me through the emotions to find love and trust with my daughter as we maneuver the high school years.
— Parent of a high schooler
Cara worked with me, remotely, every Tuesday at noon pst—me in San Francisco, she in Chicago—as I recapped the week’s events.   Cara created a scaffolding to help me regain a foundation where trust, compassion and listening were paramount in reestablishing boundaries and openness with my daughter.   Each week, Cara would ask me to think deeply about how I wanted to proceed, and to keep notes and lists on what I felt and how I could apply what we had discussed.  Her thoughtful approach made me count the minutes each week until we arrived at noon on Tuesday, pst, so that I could gain more insight on how to handle the dynamics of parenting.
— Divorced mother of a teenager

Becoming a Parent Coach: Cara's Story

Next Act for Women

I am a parent with my own firm, Cara Pollard Parent Coach. I love coaching because it works: it transforms people's lives for the better. To be a part of this transformation is such an honor. When I begin working with a new client, and hear the situation, I feel the parent's pain but I can also imagine the child's pain. It's exciting to know that I can help my clients. I believe that if they dedicate themselves to the process, they will obtain miraculous results and their lives will be changed. I also know that their child's world will be transformed at the same time. Coaching is a gift that I receive because I enjoy creatively joining forces to come up with a way for families to live more joyfully, happily, and positively.

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