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NIH Parent Coach

Parenting is not only one of the most rewarding jobs in a lifetime; it can also be one of the most challenging​. Children don't come with instruction books. Moreover, what works beautifully for one child may work differently for another.

If you are a parent, a caregiver or don't know where to start - resources are only a phone call away.

Ask the NIH Parenting Coaches

The NIH Parent Coaches are ready and available to help you navigate the stages of childhood and parenthood. They will offer guidance and answers to your specific questions on physical, social, mental and emotional matters.  This service is free to the NIH community and their families. To get connected to a parenting coach, please call the NIH Resource and Referral Line at: 1-800-777-1720.

The NIH Parent Coach addresses such issues as:

  • My child won't sleep through the night.
  • My teenager continuously breaks curfew.
  • What is the youngest age children should participate in sports?
  • My child has been acting out in day care.
  • I'm expecting my second child. How can I prepare my first child?
  • My child has just lost a grandparent.
  • I'm having trouble potty training my child.
  • What are some options for disciplining a two-year old?
  • My child won't eat vegetables.
  • My child won't do their homework without being nagged.
  • How many extra-curricular activities are "too many"?

To contact the NIH Parenting Coaches, email your questions to: OR call 1-800-777-1720.

If you have any questions about this service, please call the NIH Child and Family Programs Team at 301-827-3250.