Home Visits & Coaching

Just when we think we have things figured out, our babies grow and change and present us with new challenges and opportunities for our own growth. I offer private coaching to help parents set up a lifestyle and rhythm that works for their family or deal with new challenges.

I aspire to promote healthy development and families, through home visits, as Dr. Pikler did. On the phone or in the privacy of your own home, we can tailor the RIE®, Pikler, and/or Steiner-Waldorf approaches to address the specific needs of your infant and family.

Consultations start with child observation in your home, followed by parent discussion. Parents receive a written summary report and action plan.

I also offer phone consultations for families who are not local to the East Bay.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a single phone call.

Consults last 60 minutes. The fee is $50/hour and can be pro-rated for longer sessions. For more information or to schedule a coaching session, contact me.

In-person coaching limited to the East Bay and lower Marin County.

Topics include:

  • preparing for baby
  • before baby starts to move — setting up a safe environment
  • forming attachment
  • daily routines, including sleep
  • managing conflict and other difficult moments
  • balancing your needs with your baby’s needs
  • establishing “quality time” when you work full-time
  • selecting a nanny or daycare center
  • the subjects of your interest

“Speaking to Jennifer for an hour on the phone about RIE gave me a great wealth of insights and practical specifics that I hadn’t been able to glean from the written page.  Jennifer is so drenched in the philosophy and the art of its application that she brought RIE alive for me – for example,  just one of many gems: the principle of ‘wait’, Jennifer suggested that I don’t try to clip all 10 of Leo’s toes at once – of course!  It is invaluable having Jennifer as a mentor, because its easy to get the nuance of RIE slightly off which can be frustrating, and just a few thoughts can make it flow again.”

— Tara, CapeTown, South Africa

What parents teach is themselves, as models of what is human — by their moods, their reactions, their facial expressions, their actions.  These are the real things that parents need to be aware of, and of how they affect their children. Allow them to know you and it might become easier for them to know themselves. — Magda Gerber