Village Parenting | Theresa Wiggins, M.Ed.

Behavioral Coaching and Educational Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose you?

I have more than 20 years of experience and training as both an educator, a coach, and a parent. Learn more about my background, philosophies, and credentials and hear what clients have to say about working with me.

What is your service area?

For in-person coaching and consultation, parenting circles, and courses, I focus on the Greater Boston area. However, I also offer many of these services online for families outside of Boston.

I will travel to deliver workshops to organizations and schools.

As a parent, how do I know if I need Village Parenting’s help?

If you’ve struggled with any of the following, I can help.

  • Your mornings are hectic and stressful.
  • Your child hates school and it is hard to get her there.
  • You can’t get your child to do his homework.
  • You don’t know how to help your child with his homework.
  • Your child uses so many avoidance strategies that homework takes forever.
  • You feel overwhelmed at your child’s conferences or IEP meetings.
  • You struggle to understand your child’s school reports.
  • You have concerns about what is happening at school, and you want to have your concerns addressed without the process becoming adversarial.
  • You want to prepare your child for the transition from preschool to full-day classes.
  • You have to ask repeatedly to get your child to do what you need her to do.
  • Your child does not follow your directions.
  • Your child talks back to you.
  • You avoid taking your child shopping or to restaurants because of his behavior in public.
  • Your child whines, throws tantrums, or becomes physical if he does not get his way.
  • You child’s behavior at home or school is not what you want it to be.
  • None of the discipline or consequences you give your child change her behavior.

Contact me to learn how I can help you support your child’s education and more effectively manage your child’s behavior.

How long is the Triple P program?

The Triple P program takes a minimum of 10 sessions, though may take up to about 15. No matter the number of sessions, the cost does not change — it is one flat fee. As long as you are completing your homework and practicing the strategies, I won’t leave until you feel better!

Once we get started, what is the Triple P Process?

I begin with information and data gathering. I spend time learning about your family and your goals. You answer surveys which help me understand your parenting style and your perception of your child’s strengths and difficulties. From there, I teach you foundational skills – positive parenting strategies – which minimize misbehavior. Next, you will learn how to manage misbehavior when it does occur. Finally, I teach you how to maintain these skills once the program is over. You will have homework to complete between each session.

Can you really help me? My situation is so bad.

Clients often wonder if I’ve really seen a situation as bad as theirs. I find that parents tend to judge themselves harshly and they think they are the only ones dealing with difficult behaviors. So, my answer is twofold: Yes, I’ve addressed extremely challenging behaviors AND you are not alone. Many people need support just like you.

As a school administrator, how do I know if Village Parenting services could help my school or district?

  • You are ready to incorporate mindfulness into the lives of your students to help with attention, emotional self regulation, and impulse control.
  • You want to promote teacher wellness. Your teachers are stressed!
  • You need to improve your family and community engagement.
  • Your trust level between school and home is not where you would like it to be.
  • You want your teachers to learn innovative and effective ways to engage families.
  • You want to provide your families with parent education and workshops.

How do we get started?

We start with a free 30-minute phone consultation so I can learn more about your needs and we can determine if our partnership is a good fit. I will answer any questions you might have before taking any next steps.

Where do we meet?

I come to you! If location or timing is an issue, we can meet online as well.

Are you an advocate?

I am not a traditional advocate, though I do help advocate for children with special needs. My goal is to bring everyone to the table in a non adversarial way. I like to find out what is working at school in order to replicate it at home — as well as communicate with the school about what is working at home.

Having taught for 13 years as a special educator and classroom teacher, I am able to help you understand reports and to know what questions to ask. I am a bridge between home and school, with your child as the top priority.

What are your fees?

My fees vary depending on the service. Some of my services are a flat fee, while others are charged hourly. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Still have questions? Contact me!