Cindy Shuster

Helping you channel your full potential as a parent

B.S. and M.S. in Education
PCI Certified Parent Coach®

Hi, I’m Cindy!
I love what I do and am blessed to be able to help parents find the joy in parenting again.

My Story

Like most of you who found your way to my site, I am a parent. I have spent the last 22 years trying my best, along with my husband, to raise our 3 sons who are now grown and almost flown! Prior to becoming a mom, I was an elementary classroom teacher. I spent 9 years in this profession, and I really believed that all of that experience working with children would make parenting a breeze. Unfortunately for me, the universe had other plans. I found myself overwhelmed, frustrated, hopeless, and defeated more times than I care to admit. My husband and I tried it all; consequences, rewards, time-outs, praise, bribes, and yes , lots of yelling. We were both desperate to make things better, but were at a loss on how to go about it. I became obsessed with learning as much as I could about parenting. I read books, articles, talked to experts and scoured the internet. I learned a lot and we were able to make small changes in our parenting that, over time, had a large impact on how our kids responded to us. Things weren’t always perfect, but we were successful in reducing our daily stress and improving our relationships with our sons.

I felt compelled to share what I had learned with any other mom who confided in me that they were struggling. I loved being able to help someone else potentially have an easier path than I had. I often thought to myself that I wish I could package up what I had learned in some way and share it with as many parents as possible. Flash forward to the summer of 2017. I stumbled across a Parent Coach website and instantly became curious. After reading more about it, I knew this was something I had to pursue. I researched all of the different programs that offered certification and ultimately chose PCI because it most closely aligned with my values and seemed to be the most thorough program out there.

My Values & Beliefs

Relationships are everything!

There is nothing more important than our relationships with friends and family. Nurturing our relationships takes time, patience, kindness and effort. When we improve our relationships with our children, parenting begins to take on a sense of ease and joy. In my parent coaching practice, I treasure my relationships with my clients. Taking the time to get to know them and learning about their hopes and dreams is key to our ability to co-create transformational change. I work carefully with parents to help them identify how they can develop and grow even better relationships with their children.

There is no such thing as a “bad kid.”

Certainly there are kids who may exhibit more challenging behavior than others. However, there is almost always a “why” to the behavior. Through careful observation and developing a true curious nature, we can typically begin to understand it. Often kids are acting out for a specific reason and may just lack the skill set to deal with their problem appropriately. Parent coaching can be very effective in helping parents understand their child’s behavior and begin to adjust their approach to best help their child.

Parenting without punishment is possible.

Many parents rely on punishments to encourage their children to “follow the rules.” Unfortunately, while this method may work in the short term, it is rarely, if ever, a permanent fix. Typically when a punishment/reward system is the main discipline method, the undesirable behavior tends to resurface over and over again. This is because there is no teaching going on, and it leads to a lot of shame and resentment which only fosters more acting out. Parents should absolutely have boundaries and expectations, but implementing them through respectful parenting is the best path. Your parent coach can help you develop a plan to handle behavior issues effectively without offering rewards or doling out punishments. Your whole family will feel the change!

After a year of on line classes, multiple books and articles read, and 100 hours of pro bono coaching, I graduated PCI and earned my certification.

I live on the east coast in the Baltimore area. In addition to my 3 sons, I am also mom to 2 dogs that I am mildly obsessed with. I love spending time with my family whether its sitting on our big leather couch watching a movie, or the precious 1 week of each year we spend in our happy place, Stone Harbor, NJ. My husband and I are both Penn State alumni and this year we proudly passed the torch onto one of our sons who is now a freshman there. I love what I do and am blessed to have found my purpose. It is a true privilege to be able to help parents find the joy in parenting again, and to play a part in the transformation that happens through the parent coaching experience.

If you are a struggling parent, I’d be honored to be a part of your journey!

My Story

Like most of you who found your way to my site, I am a parent. I have spent the last 22 years trying my best, along with my husband, to raise our 3 sons who are now grown and almost flown! Prior to becoming a mom, I was an elementary classroom teacher. I spent 9 years in this profession, and I really believed that all of that experience working with children would make parenting a breeze. Unfortunately for me, the universe had other plans. I found myself overwhelmed, frustrated, hopeless, and defeated more times than I care to admit. My husband and I tried it all; consequences, rewards, time-outs, praise, bribes, and yes , lots of yelling. We were both desperate to make things better, but were at a loss on how to go about it. I became obsessed with learning as much as I could about parenting. I read books, articles, talked to experts and scoured the internet. I learned a lot and we were able to make small changes in our parenting that, over time, had a large impact on how our kids responded to us. Things weren’t always perfect, but we were successful in reducing our daily stress and improving our relationships with our sons.

I felt compelled to share what I had learned with any other mom who confided in me that they were struggling. I loved being able to help someone else potentially have an easier path than I had. I often thought to myself that I wish I could package up what I had learned in some way and share it with as many parents as possible. Flash forward to the summer of 2017. I stumbled across a Parent Coach website and instantly became curious. After reading more about it, I knew this was something I had to pursue. I researched all of the different programs that offered certification and ultimately chose PCI because it most closely aligned with my values and seemed to be the most thorough program out there.

After a year of on line classes, multiple books and articles read, and 100 hours of pro bono coaching, I graduated PCI and earned my certification.

I live on the east coast in the Baltimore area. In addition to my 3 sons, I am also mom to 2 dogs that I am mildly obsessed with. I love spending time with my family whether its sitting on our big leather couch watching a movie, or the precious 1 week of each year we spend in our happy place, Stone Harbor, NJ. My husband and I are both Penn State alumni and this year we proudly passed the torch onto one of our sons who is now a freshman there. I love what I do and am blessed to have found my purpose. It is a true privilege to be able to help parents find the joy in parenting again, and to play a part in the transformation that happens through the parent coaching experience.

If you are a struggling parent, I’d be honored to be a part of your journey!

My Values & Beliefs

Relationships are everything!

There is nothing more important than our relationships with friends and family. Nurturing our relationships takes time, patience, kindness and effort. When we improve our relationships with our children, parenting begins to take on a sense of ease and joy. In my parent coaching practice, I treasure my relationships with my clients. Taking the time to get to know them and learning about their hopes and dreams is key to our ability to co-create transformational change. I work carefully with parents to help them identify how they can develop and grow even better relationships with their children.

There is no such thing as a “bad kid.”

Certainly there are kids who may exhibit more challenging behavior than others. However, there is almost always a “why” to the behavior. Through careful observation and developing a true curious nature, we can typically begin to understand it. Often kids are acting out for a specific reason and may just lack the skill set to deal with their problem appropriately. Parent coaching can be very effective in helping parents understand their child’s behavior and begin to adjust their approach to best help their child.

Parenting without punishment is possible.

Many parents rely on punishments to encourage their children to “follow the rules.” Unfortunately, while this method may work in the short term, it is rarely, if ever, a permanent fix. Typically when a punishment/reward system is the main discipline method, the undesirable behavior tends to resurface over and over again. This is because there is no teaching going on, and it leads to a lot of shame and resentment which only fosters more acting out. Parents should absolutely have boundaries and expectations, but implementing them through respectful parenting is the best path. Your parent coach can help you develop a plan to handle behavior issues effectively without offering rewards or doling out punishments. Your whole family will feel the change!

My Approach

Parent coaching is… 

Partnering with a certified professional who can share the latest research-based practices to support your child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Discovering the strengths in you and your family
Clarifying your goals and values and defining your dream
Creation of a plan to help you realize your dream for your family.

  • A collaborative process
  • Solution focused
  • Non-judgmental support
  • Future oriented
  • Periodic sessions by phone, skype or in person
  • For individuals, couples, or groups
  • A path to more joy, less stress, and significantly improved relationships.

Let's Talk!

Getting started is simple!

Call or email me to request your consultation.  Your first session is FREE!  If we decide to work together, we can create a plan tailored to meet your needs.

It’s that easy to start your journey to finding joy in parenting again. I can’t wait to partner with you!

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