Cara Pollard’s Parent Coaching transformed a tremendously difficult period of parenting my teenage daughter. I am eternally grateful to her guidance, compassion and clarity of mind which help us to create new patterns and pathways to staying connected as a family. 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 freshmen 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? 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. 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; 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. Cara helped me to the see the Ego in parenting and how, it, more than anything, would hinder an authentic connection to my daughter. Cara also reminded me of the individuality of a parent/child relationship. She helped me to regain the trust in my instincts that seemed to have been eroded by life and outside influence. 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. I encourage you to work with Cara to find solutions to your own parenting dilemma.