A mindset is a mental attitude or tendency that goes beyond an ordinary belief. Mindsets influence how we see ourselves, how we view others, and how we form relationships. Mindsets are present whether we are conscious of how they are operating or not. They are influenced by our personal values, what was normal to use in the culture we grew up in, the communities we are a part of, and the societies we live in.
Our mindsets can help us understand complicated situations and predict what might happen in the future. But if we aren’t aware of the mindsets we are operating from, they can also create assumptions and biases that get in the way of our work with families.
It is vital for coaches to investigate their mindsets because of how deeply they shape our attitudes, beliefs, and interactions with clients.
Do you view the people you are working with as resilient? Or do you think participants need you to fix their families? Do you believe participants have the answers to their challenges or do you view yourself as the expert?
Cultivating a Family-Centered Coaching mindset helps coaches intentionally frame their interactions with parents in ways that are respectful, collaborative, and impactful.