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Meaghan Jackson

Meaghan is the founder of Joyful Mud Puddles. Her homeschooling and parenting coaching is focused on supporting parents, guiding them from feelings of overwhelm and frustration towards confidence and peace. She uses a combination of experiential activities, and gentle parenting techniques while working with families both online and in person. She also writes a blog from the heart about life, parenting and homeschooling with her three adventurous boys. www.joyfulmudpuddles.com

Homeschooling and Parenting Coach, Meaghan Jackson

Tell us a little something about your business...

Joyful Mud Puddles is a unique coaching business able to focus on the family as a whole. Rather than just addressing one area of your life I can look at how to support multiple needs. Parents often come looking for help with their children from an educational or behavioural stand point. I work with parents to help find solutions for their most pressing needs. But the support continues as I help parents to rediscover their own strengths and become more confident for the road ahead.

Much of parenting and homeschooling has to do with the inner work of the parent. Parents hold the space for the whole family and they need support and encouragement to own that. Families focused on positive parenting strategies of mutual respect build stronger deeper connections with their children. Through experiential activities, and positive parenting strategies, Joyful Mud Puddles helps guide parents from overwhelmed and frustrated to confidence and peace.

As a working, homeschooling mother of three active boys, I know exactly what my clients are working through. They are often out of steam, overwhelmed and weary. It is a great honour to come along side families to become part of their village and support system. I give everything I have to help lift up these weary parents and encourage them in their journey towards peace and connection as a family.

When was your lightbulb moment?

Our lives ran into a particularly rough patch as a family. The summer after my second miscarriage was the lowest point of my parenting journey. Our family business was struggling and my children needed me. The neighbours were complaining to us about everything and, my parents staged an intervention telling me I needed to put my kids in school and get help. It felt as though my whole life was caving in on me. I was drowning with no one to turn to. No part of my life had any peace.

Obviously if people were noticing that our family was struggling, I couldn’t hide it any longer. I had been trying to manage my own emotions, but it all ended up spilling over. We were always yelling, the kids were fighting, I had given up on teaching them anything. I had nothing left to give. It was purely survival mode. I knew I needed help. When I prayed, God told me school wasn’t the answer. So I started seeking out help. I worked one-on-one with a parenting coach while also taking the online parenting courses and an empathy communication book club. The transformation has been huge.

We aren’t perfect all the time, but I am so much more confident and peaceful. I want to share the possibility of something different with everyone! Which is exactly why I became a parenting coach. When something this life changing happens in you life, you can’t keep it to yourself. I have studied all I can and worked very hard to bring the absolute best to the families I work with.

What are your three words of advice?

Hold onto hope! No matter what circumstances you are facing, if they are personal, business or otherwise, there is always hope. that this is not the end. Our lives are a journey full of ups and downs. It is those difficult times that build character and create a story that we can share to build others up.

Three words of advice...

Connection Over Correction

Meaghan is the founder of Joyful Mud Puddles. Her homeschooling and parenting coaching is focused on supporting parents, guiding them from feelings of overwhelm and frustration towards confidence and peace. She uses a combination of experiential activities, and gentle parenting techniques while working with families both online and in person. She also writes a blog from the heart about life, parenting and homeschooling with her three adventurous boys. www.joyfulmudpuddles.com

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