Learn to Bloom
My story is probably a lot like yours -- colorful, complicated and constantly evolving. Over the years, I've struggled to balance my roles as parent, spouse, executive, civic leader, caregiver, friend and so much more. At times, I've lost myself and become frustrated with my world. I've also learned a great deal, including how to coach people to look at things from a variety of perspectives and take more control of their personal and professional decisions and dreams.
I now provide one-on-one, solutions-based coaching and consulting to parents, including those of individuals with disabilities, helping them build lives and futures filled with meaning and fulfillment. After 25+ years raising children, including one with severe cerebral palsy, I’ve discovered helping parents learn to bloom brings me great joy. It helps others bloom, too.
Research shows that coaching is especially effective for mothers and fathers of individuals with special medical, behavioral and cognitive needs. No matter what challenges you face or what challenges your children, I hope you'll reach out to learn more about how we might work together. I look forward to helping you develop practices and perspectives that will serve you well on this adventure we call life.
-- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author
"The skills that define great leaders at work are surprisingly relevant to becoming a great parent at home. "
People work with me to:
Better understand themselves, their needs and their potential.
Identify resources and supports to assist them on their journey.
Develop their leadership skills at both work and home.
Expand their perspectives on difficulties and opportunities.
Create space for confidential reflection and problem-solving.
Work through challenges related to a loved one's special needs.
Integrate parenting and caregiving responsibilities with a rewarding professional life.
Plan for a future that is happy, secure and fulfilling.
Kris has a unique way of providing insightful awareness on really challenging issues. Her thoughtful approach revealed a new perspective and guided me towards a decision that aligned with my values. I highly recommend her as a coach.
Christine, Parent in Virginia
I recommend Kris to other leaders who have insurmountable challenges balancing home and work. She is able to see people as they are and who they want to become. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with her.
Lori, Parent in Wisconsin
Kris is confident yet humble, considerate but not coddling, strong but incredibly empathetic. She leads and guides by example, much more interested in helping you find your voice than hearing her own.
Lisa, Parent in Connecticut
Kris is an incredible coach. I learned more in a few hours with her about finding my joy again as a father, husband and professional than I have in the last 15 years. Kris created space to make me feel heard and seen, discover together what my answer was, and gently held me accountable to my own commitments. Truly grateful.
Noel, Parent in Arizona
Kris has the knowledge, skills and motivation of an excellent coach. Her personal methodology, feedback and evaluation enabled us to connect, have honest discussions, share challenges and drive success.
Alexandra, Parent in New Jersey
Kris is a great coach because you can tell she cares. She is really rooting for you and you know she'll tell you the hard stuff. The stuff that we know is true, but we don't want to acknowledge. I found her coaching enlightening and incredibly useful.
Danielle, Parent in Los Angeles
I love Kris' e-newsletter, Another Normal. It has a great pace, the perfect blend of informational writing and video and consistent entry touches on important areas of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. It's truly the most informative site I’ve read in 21 years. No exaggeration.
Kathleen, Parent in Ohio
Kris was instrumental in researching, creating and leading the Fairfield Committee for People with Disabilities from its inception. Her clarity of purpose, as well as her own experiences, helped guide us to begin to address the needs and make available resources for our community. Her vision, and thoughtful, strategic approach, will serve us well into the future.