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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.
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Ask the NIH Parent Coach

The NIH Parent Coach can 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 spouses. If you have any questions about this service please call the NIH Child and Family Programs Team at 301-827-3250.

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"?

You will receive a personalized email response within 48 hours

To contact the NIH Parent Coach, email your questions to: