Home Visits & Coaching

Things were going so well! and then your child moved into a new stage of development and presented you with fresh challenges. You need some new insights and ideas. Let me help.

I aspire to promote healthy development and families, through home visits, as Dr. Pikler did. Together, we will understand what you and your child are experiencing and tailor a family-specific solution using the RIE®, Pikler, and/or Steiner-Waldorf.

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.

Phone consultation fee is $60/hour.

In-person consultation fee is $120/hour.

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
  • supporting your newborn
  • when baby starts to move — setting up a safe environment
  • forming attachment
  • crying and our response
  • caregiving challenges
  • daily routines, including sleep
  • interacting with other children and families
  • 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