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My name is Joanne H Light. I grew up in New Jersey and attended Wells College and The George Washington University. After obtaining my BA I earned a MA in Classics. This led to a teaching career at both private and public schools. After a time and one child I returned to school and received a doctorate in Counseling and Education. My dissertation covered women’s choices in creating careers and raising children. That was in 1982, and I believe it is a very relevant topic today as we observe parents dealing with an incredible number of challenges and choices as a result of the pandemic.
I have been married for 51 years, and we have lived and raised our family in Swampscott, MA. After High School teaching, I spent my career at North Shore Community College where I counseled and advised students and eventually became Vice President of Student affairs. overseeing student life, career services, financial aid, and enrollment. As an administrator, I led a team of 80 diverse individuals. Upon retirement I found a passion in coaching and am a Certified Life Coach.
As a Parent Empowerment Coach I work with parents whose kids are struggling with any number of challenges. I help parents develop the power to create healthy relationships with their children by diffusing chaos and building resilience. I try to provide clients with a conscious, connected and confident experience – a transformative change for families. Working with parents to navigate daily parenting challenges so they feel more confident in their role as a parent is my mission. Helping to create a vision of the family they want and doing the work to reach that goal are not always easy tasks but very rewarding.
I understand parents’ feelings of burned out, helplessness and stress. My older daughter struggled and until we found the right sources of help. Her anxiety and mood disorder created pain for the entire family. Once I found support for myself, I realized in parenting you are not alone. As a result we had more peace and compassion.
Life experience as a parent has truly led me to my passion of working with families. There are so many issues, especially now: managing stress, understanding emotions, dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, reconnecting with your kids, safety and school, etc. It is truly endless. We all love our children and want the “best” for them but need to accept and nourish them for who they are and accept our own limits. There is no perfect parent.
Parenting is an inside out process – reach in and then reach out.
Joanne Light is a Parent Empowerment Coach, mother and grandmother, and retired College administrator and counselor. She earned her doctorate in education and counseling from Boston University and chose to further her expertise through a life coaching certification and a certification in training in Emotional Intelligence. Her coaching practice currently focuses on the challenges and strategies parents need to navigate their parenting journey. Through research and personal experience Joanne continues to pursue her passion for heart-centered coaching and for contributing to raise the next generation. Her appearances on radio shows, podcasts and summits have enabled her to share with a diverse audience.