Testimonials from Parents
What parents think about coaching with Yafa Luria (formerly Margit Crane)
I hope this testimonial conveys how wonderful I think you are and how much you helped me! …
“Working with Margit is like having a very close friend in your corner as you navigate the boxing ring of parenting. She has a gift of being kind and funny while being totally honest about what needs to change and then supports you every step of the way as you make those changes. Working with Margit I no longer felt alone. I had a partner who believed in me and my boys. A partner I could be totally honest with about my actions and my feelings with full confidence that I would not be judged or criticized. Ever.
No matter what I threw at Margit she responded with love, compassion, understanding and an idea (or two) on how to do things different. She is incredibly patient and met me where I was at each day. She helped me see truths about myself that enabled me to change what wasn’t working. With each challenge I brought to her regarding my boys, she was able to see what my child needed; what it was he was asking for through his actions, never mind his words. Margit has such a gift with kids. With very little time at all, she was able to tell me what made each of my boys tick and how best to parent each one. She was also able to show me what I was doing as a parent that was causing the most harm based on their personalities. Following it up with what I could do as a parent that would provide the greatest benefit to each of them. I am so grateful to Margit. I am a different parent after working with her. I am more loving and forgiving, to myself and my boys. I have more compassion for my boys and myself on difficult days. I have much more self-confidence. She replaced my fear of not knowing what to do as a parent, with a full set of tools to choose from depending on the situation. Our family has benefitted so much from working with Margit. I cannot recommend her enough! Thank you Margit!” –Holly, Chase (6) and William (5), Bellevue, WA
“Margit, you always say the right thing and have so many great suggestions. It’s like you live in my house and can see what’s going on! I’m so grateful for you.” — Bette, England
“My daughter looks forward to Skyping with Margit every week. It helps get her through the school day. A big relief for me, since she finds her school rather constricting. It helps to talk to someone with ADHD, but also someone from America, which she misses quite a lot. Their calls are a breath of relief for me too.”
–Susan W, Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia)
“My son was not happy to meet another ADHD expert. He was done. He wasn’t doing homework or school work and we couldn’t make him do it no matter what we said or did. He spent 30 minutes talking to Margit without us in the room and, when we came back, he was smiling. We’ve been working with Margit for two months and our son is becoming more responsible again. Margit is an “expert encourager” and an all-around “feel-good person.” Whenever we talk to Margit, we feel so much hope. She works hard for us, she’s a straight shooter, but kind and charming, with an infectious smile and laugh. Margit is just what we needed. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
–Alice, Chase, and Sam
“If you ever wished you could open your child’s head and have a look inside to see what’s going on in there, then working with Margit is the next best thing! She brings a wealth of experience, great intuition and a unique understanding of kids with ADHD to her coaching work.”
–-Nell F., New Zealand
“I hired Margit to coach my son. Before we hired Margit, he was struggling with academics and depression. He was certain he was going to fail two of his classes. As you can imagine, I was very concerned and felt scared for my son. One morning the light bulb went on and I remembered Margit worked with people with ADHD. In my family, 3 out of 4 people have ADHD. I called Margit, we met, and even though my son was skeptical he committed to working with her. What came next was beyond any of my expectations. Two months after we began working with Margit, my son said: “she saved my life”. I truly see how Margit’s work transformed my son’s life. He completed the semester with good grades, he was accepted into the business school, and he feels safer and happier. I will forever be grateful for Margit’s approach to the ADHD challenge, her expertise in helping others learn, and her laser-like intuition.” — Penelope W.
“I’ve worked with Margit for six months. Initially she was hired to coach my entire family, as all five of us have been diagnosed with ADD. Our time with her has become more involved as we turn to her for parenting advice and work advice. As adults with ADD we too need to check in for a shot of Margit’s encouragement and love and deep insights. She somehow manages to give each of us what we need to feel better about ourselves and more proactive with our lives. Margit, we love you.” — Valentin & Sophie, Canada
“Our Discovery Session with Margit was well worth the money. Margit has the ability to suss out exactly where the issues lie and exactly how to fix them. And I do mean fix. I enthusiastically endorse Margit’s compassionate, intelligent, wholly brilliant approach to parenting an ADD child. She’s an angel. Thank you, Margit.” — Ben (of Ben & Marta), Southern California
“Before coaching, my family was fractured. My oldest daughter was withdrawn, depressed and barely passing her classes. My youngest wouldn’t speak to either one of us and was failing miserably in school. Both my daughters are very bright and I couldn’t understand why they were acting this way. I was at my wits’ end! Margit helped us all to understand each other and communicate in a way that made sense. She gave us real world, real time advice that helped us deal with things before it got out of hand. Now, we’re close as a family again. Both kids are doing very well in school and their extra-curricular activities. I couldn’t have done any of this without Margit. Margit Crane is magical; she isn’t just a coach, she’s a gift!”
–Jenn Tonks, Shoreline, WA
“We hired Margit to work with our 14-year-old ADHD son to help him be more successful both at home and at school. What I discovered was that Margit was an amazing asset in the form of a fierce advocate for our son in regards to his school. Margit was able to get answers from the school to questions that we didn’t even know to ask. This is the direct result of all of her years of experience as a teacher, a counselor, and an ADD/ADHD expert. In her firm, direct, respectful way she held the faculty and staff at my son’s school accountable for adhering to his IEP which resulted in getting him the technology support right away that they had been “looking into” for months.”
“Another fabulous discovery was that my son LOVES Margit and looks forward to their time together. What a change from their first meeting ~ to say he was ANGRY would be an understatement, but within 15 minutes of their meeting they were laughing and joking like old friends. As the direct result of working with Margit our brilliant, surly, class-failing boy is now still brilliant but engaging and passing all his classes with flying colors.”
“Margit has a true gift for identifying with these brilliant porcupine children and I can say with utter sincerity that my son has more self-confidence and more self-esteem because he has been blessed with Margit. Margit is able to create a special bond based on trust where she is able to reach these kids and teach them how to best showcase their own unique gifts, talents, and abilities so that they can play to their strengths. I would recommend Margit to any parent who has a Teen or ‘Tween that needs help to successfully navigate the countless obstacles at home, at school and with their peers. All I can say is Margit ROCKS!!!”
— Jessica R, Bellevue, WA.
“Our 16 year old son has had a 504 plan in place for the first two years of high school. The plan, which was arrived at from discussions between our son, his guidance counselor and us (his parents), seemed reasonable on paper. Once we started working with Margit however, we all realized that the plan was not being implemented, and our son was not getting the help that he needed and was legally supposed to have. Her critical eye picked out phrases that sounded good on paper, but were actually fairly empty of meaning.”
“With Margit’s help we re-crafted the 504 so that more of the responsibilities were given to the teachers, instead of to our son. The school staff showed reluctance to add these teacher responsibilities, and instead wanted our son to take all of the initiative for asking for all of his help. While that is our ultimate goal, since he had not received any support the first two years with his 504 plan, his skills in that area were not yet developed. Margit skillfully helped us deal with the staff to reach a workable document.”
“Without Margit’s help, my husband and I would have continued to be frustrated with the ineffectiveness of our son’s 504 plan, without even being aware of why the plan was not helping.”
— Justin and Mary P, Seattle
“Margit, you’re awesome. It was really our blessing to find you this year. You stood by us and patiently, and wholeheartedly supported our family while some unexpected events came to light. We were scared to say the least. We don’t know what we would have done if we had to face this all alone. We thought we were hiring you as an ADD coach for our son but it turns out you were a parenting coach for us. Thank you, Margit. Thank you.”
–Simon and family, from Orange County, California
“It is more than a coincidence that I found you, Margit. It is a miracle. I have felt so powerless, guilty, and angry all the time. Parenting classes don’t teach you about parenting an ADD child, and teachers aren’t always empathetic. It is a blessing to talk to someone who understands me and my ADD tween. People need to know that there is hope.”
— Marcy from Kent, Washington
“What a miracle that the best ADD coach for our son is all the way in Seattle! Thank you for being so great with Dillon and a friend to us. You understood him better than we did and you understood us better than we did. A special note of gratitude for all your time when Dillon needed a wise and impartial adult to talk to.” —Ron and Ann from Dallas, Texas (You can read Dillon’s testimonial in the Teen section).
“Zowie! Where were you last year, Margit, when I was tearing my hair out? I LOVE my sessions! I feel so energized and loved and respected. Your no nonsense approach is perfect for me. I was so tired of the confusion, frustration and guilt, and you have taught me how to be Super-Mom to my Super-Kid! I recommend [you] to parents who want a wise expert and a funny friend!” — Karen from Boston, Massachusetts
“Margit, you are so great with our daughter. You know exactly what to say to put a smile on her face! She just adores you (although she may never tell you) and we are grateful to have you supporting us and supporting her. Many blessings, Chris and Carl, from Redmond, Washington” (Check out what their daughter has to say in the Teen testimonials)
“Being a single parent is confusing and tiring. I don’t have time to read all the parenting books and I find myself copying what other parents do (the ones I think are good parents). It doesn’t really work though. What I love about Margit is that she coaches MY family, not just any family. I don’t have to wonder whether the techniques will work because we’ve worked together to figure out the best ones for us. Also, I always feel better after talking to Margit. She never makes me feel stupid or incompetent. She wants us to be happy as much as we do. She brings optimism and laughter to our family and I feel a lot of hope for my daughter’s future and the future of our relationship.” –Linda
“When we first met Margit, our daughter refused to work with her. We were disappointed but Margit assured us that we could make progress even if our daughter didn’t participate. We’re in our 3rd month now. Our daughter doesn’t lie anymore, she is more affectionate to us, and she doesn’t fight with her sister anymore.
Another positive result is that our parenting is more in sync. Even more surprising is that we are stronger as a couple romantically, too. That makes both of us happier parents. We are very satisfied with our coaching. We give Margit our highest recommendation.” –Laura and Neil
“Three things I love about Margit Crane:
1. She’s whip-smart
2. She truly cares about our family
3. My son loves her
Three things my son loves about Margit:
1. She’s easy to talk to
2. She’s funny
3. She’s interesting”
–Lynn S, Puget Sound parent
“Margit, I wasn’t sure how I felt while I was filling out the initial survey, but once I spoke with you during my session, my eyes were opened. I noticed a change within a week. When I saw you that same week, you actually said that I looked like a changed person. I feel rejuvenated and the communication lines are open. I appreciate your help tremendously. With Many Thanks, Carole”
“My first hour with Margit was more revealing than a year of therapy!”
–Nan W., from Bellingham, WA. January 2009
“I’ve worked with Margit and my high-energy 8-year-old on a couple of occasions, and those have made a big difference for our family. Margit really understands kids and parents. She doesn’t expect us, as parents, to have all the answers, and she will never make you feel bad for finding the work of raising kids to be at times more than you can handle.
Instead, she offers careful observation and helpful, concrete tips that you can put to use immediately. In the months since we worked with her last, I have come to rely on the tools she’s provided. They help me keep my cool, and help me give my daughter the consistent structure she needs. It’s much better than the cycle of yelling and guilt that we all felt trapped in before.” –M.B., Seattle mom
“What is most wonderful about Margit is that my son thinks she’s okay. High praise, indeed, from a 14-year-old who’d really rather be playing baseball, texting his girlfriend or hanging with the guys, instead of driving with mom to visit Margit. And while Tommy doesn’t necessarily fall into either of Margit’s gifted teen or AD/HD specialties, we still benefit from her advice, her expectations of accountability, and her skill at removing the sense of isolation adults often feel while parenting teens. Margit doesn’t hesitate to tell me I’m wrong about something, which earns big points with my son and thus his cooperation. The opposite works as well – thank goodness! Consequently, both of us respect her and are confident she’ll level with us. We trust her. Knowing she is in our court is a huge weight off my shoulders, which frees me up to focus on my business, the rest of my family, and having fun with my son.”
–Lori Zue Stevens www.LoriZueEdits.com
“I so appreciate the care and concern you have given Ren the past 3 months and I also thank you for helping me to see how serious his school situation has been. I credit you with getting me out of the river of “denial” and into action mode. I feel empowered, to make a difference. Thanks so much and may God bless you and your work.”
–D.P., Bothell, WA
“I talked to Margit for 50 minutes today to find out how to better support my son who has ADHD and low self-esteem. My husband and I are more and more drained the older he gets. Margit prepared me for the appt by emailing me a questionnaire to fill out. By the time of the appt she had suggestion after suggestion for me. She seemed to understand my son and us even though we’ve never talked before. She didn’t waste any of the time. Every minute was dedicated to my family and I. I recommend calling Margit NOW.” –Patty, Sammamish, Washington
“I met Margit when my family was shattered. Friends repeatedly suggested that I call but I thought that if I waited, the problems would work themselves out. I wish I had called Margit sooner. We all could have been enjoying instead of resenting each other. I had sent my son to therapy for six months and nothing had changed, so I was apprehensive about our first coaching call but Margit eased my mind almost immediately and I felt so hopeful by the end of the session. During that call, Margit put her finger on all the problems and made suggestions that I could implement that week. Later she coached my son and I together so that we would be on the same page. He thinks she’s great. We get along much better, he feels good about himself, and it’s only been 3 months. Thanks Margit!”
–Francine, Redmond, WA. (Francine is the mother of Zach. Check out his Teen Testimonial)
How I feel after each session with Margit:
*Like a weight has been lifted
*More understanding of myself and my kids”
–Rob P., Miami, Florida
“Margit helped me understand the dynamic of stepping into a romantic relationship with a partner who has kids. Having no children of my own, her insights and guidance have been more than valuable. Margit brought my partner and me to a new sense of connection with teens. It’s almost like she was one of them! She has a powerful gift of expressing what a teen doesn’t, and/or what we are not hearing / understanding from them. Thank you Margit – you are a powerful coach! I would heartily recommend your services to anyone having difficulties with teens.”
(2010) “Margit helped me and my husband to understand dynamics around our teenaged kids (my step children). She is simply BRILLIANT in working with parents and teens. **I love you Margit THANK YOU for your love and support – always!”
–Stéphanie E. Roh, Speaker, Author, Intimacy Mentor, PurposefulLove.com, Calgary, AB
“What a pleasure to have you as my coach! You have been a great inspiration for me during this very challenging time of relating to my kids as I move into a new relationship. In such a short period of time, I’ve been able to move from a place of obligation to a place of power. Thank you for challenging me to see where I have contributed to the situation, but more so, helping me to make the necessary changes to get out of it and stay out it! You have a gift…thank you.”
–Doug Lagore, Calgary, Alberta
“When Margit says she’s a “child development specialist” she means it. Not only does she understand teens (gifted or otherwise) and their battle-weary parents, but also she gave me pointers on how to improve my parenting skills with my younger children so that I don’t have to fight the same battle again when they hit their teens. If you have tried everything and are still unhappy, wave your white surrender flag and give Margit a call.”
–Sheila, White Rock, Canada
“My 7-year-old daughter has enough energy to power a jet. Margit Crane has helped me trim my child’s engines without extinguishing her spark. When I tried some of Margit’s straightforward, simple-to-implement tips, things got better at home right away. Margit gave the structure my daughter and I needed, and I’m grateful.”
–Martha from Washington, Summer
“Margit is a blessing to our family. She understood us as parents and then she was able to listen attentively to our daughter and made her feel important and safe. My daughter actually came up with new rules for herself that first call! She said she could tell that she could say anything to Margit and trust her. Margit is a mentor for our daughter and we feel very fortunate and very grateful.” –Susanna W.
“I so appreciated Margit’s expert insight regarding my six-year old daughter. Margit made me feel completely at ease and comfortable in sharing very sensitive situations. She is highly professional, yet warm and understanding, without judgment of any kind. She also went the extra mile in researching resources and approaches for my daughter’s specific situation. Margit was extremely thorough, relevant, and helpful. After one session I am noticing progress in my daughter’s self esteem and give credit to Margit’s coaching.”
–Pamela Jackson, www.TheGrowthCoach.com
“If you have never seen Margit Crane with a teen client, you are missing out. She is virtually a “Teen Whisperer.” She knows how to prepare them for the first visit, she knows how to greet them (my 14-year old son was waving hello to her from the car even before he met her!), she knows how to speak to them, listen to them, put them at ease, read them like a book, joke with them, and get them to commit to actions that are fair for both them and for me, the parent. It’s quite a remarkable experience. Thank you, Margit. I feel heard and valued as a parent. My son says, “Yeah, she’s good. She’s nice.”
–Lisa S., Puget Sound parent
“Margit is a kind, compassionate coach, totally dedicated to inspiring and supporting families and kids to grow together in harmony and in love. She is unique in that she not only understands teens but she loves them and delights in what they have to offer the world at precisely this often painful time in their lives. She is playful and quirky, intuitive and real – a gift to big and little kids alike.”
–Miriam Evers from Vancouver, B.C., Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and the Mother of Two Fabulous Teens
“I had the privilege of coaching with Margit Crane. I was feeling stuck and frustrated with my relationship with my two children. Margit quickly helped me get to the nitty-gritty of the matter and, in doing so, I felt empowered to find solutions. Margit has a way of quickly ascertaining what’s going on. She offered perspectives I needed to hear, suggestions that were right on and support that validated that I’m doing a lot of good with my kids, too. Margit was supportive in a non-judgmental way and reflected back to me the universal feelings we all share as Mothers. I highly recommend Margit to anyone wanting to improve familial relationships. Because of coaching with Margit, our family had a harmonious holiday season!” –Colleen Haggerty, Life Coach, Bellingham, WA
“Margit Crane is warm, intuitive & wise. I love her sense of humour. She is direct and honest and is deeply interested in her clients. She has guided me to a greater acceptance and appreciation of myself, and her love for my daughters showed up in her ability to instantly connect with them. Hire her for yourself or for your children!”
–Rochelle, British Columbia
“Margit Crane has a special gift for coaching young people. She transcends generation gaps, and creates willingness in the most extraordinary ways. Her ability to communicate profoundly with younger generations creates an uncommon bridge to reach our children. I cannot imagine a greater gift to a struggling youth than to have Margit’s mix of professional and deeply personal attention. She is full of life, love and compassion. My daughter and I love her sense of humour. Her spirit makes the world a better place and I am grateful in how we have grown through our affiliation with Margit.” –Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, Relationship & Success Coach, Vancouver, Canada
“Wow, Margit, you get to the heart of the matter time and time again! Your intuition is always bang on. And I love the way you can speak the truth to me so simply that I just embrace it. You get me results fast. I always feel so relieved and refreshed after I work with you; you help me find pieces of the puzzle that were hidden. Thank you.”
–Alice Brock, Shaman and Mom from Vancouver, Canada, alicebrockshaman.com
“Margit Crane has the ability to listen with compassion and give gentle guidance in a way that enables a person to connect to their inner strength and thus walk through personal barriers to experience a fuller, richer life.”
–Joanne, step-mother of two teens
“Margit has a tremendous ability to connect with people. She thoroughly enjoys young people and delights them with her sense of humor and her easy-going manner. She is also very skilled at guiding them and holding them accountable. She has a great heart for people who are struggling to overcome personal issues and holds an immense amount of knowledge about ADD.” –Barbara Irwin, School Administrator, California
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You don’t have to wait until your child is old enough or cooperative enough to work with me! YOU can be the change you want for your family! When just one family member starts growing in understanding and confidence, whether quickly or slowly, this uplifts the whole family.
What troubles you about parenting an ADHD child or teen?
Let’s talk! No judgment, no salesy come-on. However you WILL receive a good deal of TLC and a slew of strategies. You can say anything. You can cry. You can swear. Your confidentiality is guaranteed, and I promise to listen and give you hope and relief. (You might even find yourself spontaneously doing a happy dance).
“Thank you Yafa. You’ve given me incredibly helpful tools! It was really a pleasure to speak with you. I’ll be back in touch in the coming weeks.” Stella R, Portland, OR.
“I really appreciate that I could be vulnerable and you didn’t shoot me down. I feel comfortable with you and your humor brightened the call.” Danielle A, Bellingham, WA.
“I talked with you a year ago, Yafa, and your voice is always in my head, guiding me. I just wanted to email and thank you.” April W, Queensland, Australia
“Thank you for your encouraging, enlightening suggestions.” Jill E, Seattle, WA.
Thank you for ‘being there’ to share your wealth of knowledge and personal experience with us who are ‘floundering’ and ‘lost in the forest’ when it comes to ‘dealing with special and difficult circumstances’. Gratefully yours, Rochelle H, Alberta, Canada xox ((((BIG HUGS)))
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