By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein
No doubt you have your pediatrician on speed-dial. Your husband, your mom and your best friend probably make up the rest of your iphone’s ‘favorites’. But sometimes even this cavalry of parental support isn’t exactly what you need. And who has time to surf the net or search through every book on the shelf for alarmist, anxiety-provoking advice on parenting? Cue Tammy Gold, parent coach extraordinaire. From sleeping better to decreasing tantrums to finding the perfect nanny, Gold Parent Coaching can help strengthen your parental relationship and help you to truly enjoy all the wonders of parenting. Their technique is based on the “clinically-proven understanding that a happy, well-adjusted parent is the strongest influence on raising a happy, well-adjusted child. No amount of flash cards and music classes can challenge this basic truth.”
Maybe it’s the one-thousandth scary article your friend posted on Facebook. Maybe it’s one trip to the playground too many. Maybe it’s the 8th activity you’ve shuttled your kid to this week. Whatever it is, parenting can often be overwhelming. With Gold Parent Coaching, Tammy Gold shows you that you don’t have to go through it alone. You’ve seen her on Good Morning America, CBS, ABC and countless other news outlets. Now read on to find out how this amazing mother of 3 adorable girls started her revolutionary business.
BN: Write your bio in 5 sentences or less (i.e. where’d you grow up?, where’d you go to school?, job before kids?, how many kids?, where do you live now? Hobbies? etc.)
TG: I grew up in Mendham NJ, I went to UPenn undergrad and Columbia graduate school. I was a school social worker before I started my company. I have three girls aged, 1, 3 and 6. I live in Short Hills, New Jersey. I basically have no time for hobbies…it’s all about my kids and my work right now. But I’m looking forward to volunteering more when my children are older.
BN: What inspired you to start your own business? How did it all begin?
TG: It all began when I became a mom. I was very overwhelmed, as my baby had reflux and colic and cried a lot! Even though I was a therapist who worked with children in my professional life, I felt under-prepared for motherhood. I considered myself super mushy and loving but I was scared. I felt there were virtually no support systems to help educate parents on children. I wanted someone to literally come into my house and tell me what was normal. I have also watched inner city moms struggle and have seen how their struggles caused problems for their children. I realized to help children, you need to help educate and support parents. I decided to create what I felt was missing personally and professionally.
BN: What challenges did you face when starting Gold Parent Coaching?
TG: I got certified in coaching because it sounds more appealing to some people. It is extremely hard to start a company because there is work to do 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. I was good at therapy, coaching and working with people but I knew nothing about running a business – that was very hard to master. i wanted to work and go right back to my daughter, but the company needed someone to run the day-to-day operations. Needless to say, it was hard to balance it all.
BN: What are some of your favorite activities to do with your kids (in or around NYC)?
TG: I love central park! Love, love, love it. I love the Highline. We just took the kids there. I love the museum of Natural History – it never gets old! I love to take the kids for a walk along the water by the West Side Highway. We love NYC, and we take the children there often since there is so much to do.
BN:You’re on a desert island…with your kids – name 5 must-have items you’ll want with you.
TG: I must have their dad! That is number one – we are a team, so that is number one. 2. Snacks: the greatest distraction and way to solve tantrums. 3. Music we love to dance and to be silly, so lots and lots of music 4. My bed – my kids spend so much time in our bed. They are the biggest cuddlers…first thing in the morning, after naps…before bedtime, we are all in bed smushed together cuddling. It sounds corny, I know, but it’s like air. I cannot start my day or theirs without cuddles. 5. TV! I love TV! As a parenting expert, I should say “no tv” but I don’t agree. There is value in TV and of course, in books. We don’t have iPads or really use technology. We love books. The kids love to read and we love to read with them.
BN:What are your goals for the future of Gold Parent Coaching (realistic or in your wildest dreams)?
TG: I would love GPC to help parents worldwide. I would also love to help the nannies we work with to make this a legitimate, respectable profession. I want to rid the world of crappy nannies who do not pay attention to children! Parents, nannies, daycare workers – we all need respect and guidance, and my goal forever will be to try and implement this!
Thanks, Tammy for your insight and of course for fulfilling a much-needed niche for all of us moms out there! Visit http://www.goldparentcoaching.com for more information.