Parent coach

Is there anything more important in your life than your child?


As our children are so important to us, there is no wonder that it hurts when things are not going as well as we wish with them. 

As your parent coach, I can help with challenges such as

  • arguments between you and your child

  • social pressure on how to be a good parent

  • low self-esteem

  • fighting among siblings

  • improve communication and listening between your and your child

  • how to deal with anger

  • having a child who doesn't fit in

  • anxiety about your child's future

How coaching works:

  • Email to make a booking

  • Sessions are 50 minutes online

  • I listen, ask questions and give you feedback to help you find the best way forward in your unique situation

  • In order to make coaching available to people in all economic situations, I offer a choice of different fee levels

  • I work under strict confidentiality 

  • Coaching is perfect for you if you don't want general advice, but need help and support to figure out what works best for you in your life

don't be a perfect parent,

Be the Parent that your child needs

Liv Miyagawa

I grew up in Sweden, lived and studied in various countries, and I now live with my husband and our three daughters in Tokyo, Japan. 


I love to help people to realise something new about themselves and have "aha-moments". In every part of my life I aim to lift people up


I studied at UWC Atlantic in Wales, an international boarding school where students from all over the world gather to learn, play, work for their communities and promote international understanding together. After a gap year (which I partly spent in India working with children in orphanages and schools), I studied psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Thereafter, I was trained by the International Coach Academy to become a Certified Professional Coach. I am now also a a member of the International Coaching Federation and accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC).


Although I'm a parent coach, I also have many clients without children. Challenges such as career transitions, relationship problems, how to get organised and how to find and prioritise what is most important are common and exciting coaching topics. 


At home, I aim to be a creative and fun mother who leads my trilingual family to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I also teach English to children and adults in my local community. 


In support of the UWC, young stundets and international peace, I have started a project to coach in exchange for donations to UWC. For more information about this project, please visit Coaching for UWC


As I was walking down the road, thinking about parenting and parent coaching, I suddenly found a beautiful four-leaf clover. It reminded me of how lucky I am to have three healthy and wonderful children. It also gave me an idea of how to picture four important parts that I think are essential for successful parenting. 


1.    Direction 
For any goal in life, you’ll never get there if you don’t know where you are going. You need to know what it is that you want. The same goes for parenting.  What do you want for your child? If you were a magic fairy, what blessings would you give your child? Would it perhaps be good health, intelligence, strong self-esteem, happiness, loving friends or courage?  What kind of parent do you want to be? Someone who gives lots of trust or lots of support? Do you want to be a leading role model or more like a close friend? What is most important for you in your role as a parent? 

    2.    Listening
Listening is perhaps the number one important thing you need to do to your child as a mother or father. When you listen to your child, you show her that she is important, interesting and lovable. You show that you care. When you truly listen, you’ll find out a lot about your child’s personality, her interests and her developmental stage. You’ll get to know what is important to her, what her strengths are and what she might need more support with. 

    3.    Structure 
The structure that you provide your child with, whether well thought through or unintentionally, will be the backbone around which she will build her life. One type of structure is the way in which you organise (or not organise) your home. Is there an order? Does it inspire creativity, play or learning? Does it promote relaxation and a sense of safety? Another type of structure, is the way in which you structure your daily life? Do you have a routine? Is it too strict or is there chaos and unpredictability? Does the way you structure your home and your daily life align with your values? For example, if you value studying, there needs to be a place and a time for it. If you want your child to be creative, you’ll need to make a place and a time for creativity. 

    4.    Self-care
It is easy to be a great parent when you have had enough sleep and nutrition, things are running smoothly at your work, and your life is easy and stress free. When you are at your best, you can deal well with even the most difficult challenges that your child throws at you. The tough part starts when you are under some kind of stress. Maybe you’re nervous or anxious, maybe there is some tension between you and your spouse, or maybe you’re simply tired after a long day. In those situations it’s really difficult to be the kind of parent that you wish you were. Therefore, a wise parent aims to get all of her or his own needs met. This is far from always easy (life is busy, kids wake us up at night…), but it is something that we can strive for that can make a big difference in how we show up as parents. 


If you want personal help with finding your direction, learn how to listen to your child, structure your and your child’s life, and to improve your self-care, email me at to set up a coaching session. 


Liv Miyagawa 

Parent Coach


four-leaf clover of parenting explained

Liv Miyagawa 

Parent Coach