Practical, encouraging coaching for the hardest job on earth

Parenting Coach Strong Happy Family Donna Baer

Here's my squad, over a decade ago when everyone lived at home. Scroll to the bottom to see us today!

Does a mom really need a coach?

Ways I can help You

Family Scheduling and Logistics for Long and Short-term Goals

Without a well-planned schedule for reaching your family's goals, the tyranny of the moment can rule your home. I can work with you to create a flexible schedule for your family life that provides each member with meaningful responsibility, engaged learning, and blessed rest. Oh, and fun too.

Food Planning and Preparation for Everyday or Big Events

A lot needs to be considered when feeding a family: dietary restrictions, health concerns, budget limitations, time constraints, picky eaters, meal variety, and mom's sanity. If you're planning a party or large event, the challenge increases by an order of magnitude. I'll work with you to create a plan that will satisfy your family and guests, gastronomically and emotionally.

Homeschool Vision, Planning, and Implementation

I'll help you determine your educational goals, choose curriculum, set up lesson plans, manage record-keeping, develop transcripts, assess progress, diagnose trouble spots, and even deal with attitude problems. For high school students, I can provide SAT test prep, tutoring in advanced subjects, and assistance with college applications--especially the dreaded essay-writing.

Home Organization

I love creating order out of chaos! When I help organize a kitchen, playroom, closet or laundry room, it's with the end-user in mind. I arrange items so that kids (or husbands!) can find and return items easily. I design a room so that children can help with chores and can navigate without assistance. And I like everything to be beautiful.

Marriage and Parenting Encouragement

Your children can learn to honor and obey you. They can learn to work hard, enjoy learning, and be content without electronics. They can be creative, thoughtful people who are fun to be with.  And your marriage can thrive in the challenging years of raising a family. You can become a team that faces challenges together and builds an intergenerational legacy.

Elder Care Advice

My family cared for an aged parent with Alzheimer's disease in our home for eight years. I can help you create a plan for managing the care of your loved one, either in your home or somewhere else. I also understand the deep emotional toll such a burden can take and have some experience keeping the family healthy during the often-tumultuous journey.

You can be happy at home.

Your life at home can be full of friendship, excitement, order, and creativity. You can build a home that inspires and satisfies.

Your children can thrive.

Your children can feel loved, secure, and valued. You can confidently prepare them to be successful in the world.

Your marriage can be strong.

It's easy to let your marriage suffer when you are juggling all the responsibilities of a home and family. You can build a strong marriage as you do the hardest job on earth.

What I Offer


Does a stay-at-home mom really need a coach?

My friend Karen, a mother of three and the highest-paid partner at one of Chicago's biggest law firms, once told me that she could never be a stay-at-home mom because it was so much more complicated than her work as an attorney.  If a lawyer could profit from a coach, a mom can too.

Is a Mom Coach really worth the investment?

If your home isn't properly managed, you'll waste money on spoiled food, redundant purchases, and replacing lost items. If your schedule isn't disciplined, you'll spend extra money on gas, vehicle wear and tear, and fast food. If your kids or marriage are stressed, medical and counseling bills can pile up. Learning how to run a peaceful, organized home where everyone thrives is a small investment that pays big dividends.

How do we get started?

Let's set up a time to talk. There's no obligation, we might be able to solve some problems quickly, and I'd enjoy meeting you.


Sign up to hear about speaking engagements or new publications.