Dealing with your kids at their different ages and stages can bring up feelings that you’ve been holding onto for years. Addressing your own experiences and how they impact your relationships with your family and your child can be very helpful in keeping your relationships in tact.
Parenting is so much more than the verb. Being a parent changes who you are, your relationships with others, and your outlook on the world. You bring in your own past experiences, current circumstances, relationships, and all the thoughts and feelings that come along with this incredible parenting journey with you. Maybe you need a chance to process how you feel about your children and being a parent. When parents understand themselves better, they can be a better mom or dad and role model for their child.
I believe that working with parents to help them address the various difficulties they’re facing is an important part to a family’s healing process.
Are you facing any of these challenges?
- Difficulty managing the stress of parenting.
- Problems managing anger, frustrations or emotions when problems arise.
- Feeling like "Nothing is working".
- Trying to making sense of and adjusting to a diagnosis or waiting for a diagnosis.
- Wanting to build the relationship with your child. Attachment problems.
- Parenting during a separation or divorce.
- Conflicting parenting styles.
- Co-parenting after separation or divorce, issues around mom's house/dad's house.
- Single parenting; needing support, feeling alone and overwhelmed.
- Step-parenting or blending families.
- Worry and frustration about "doing the right thing" or being a "good enough" parent.
- Loss of confidence in your ability to parent effectively.
Kids need your encouragement to see themselves as good people who are capable of good things. Being a parent changes who you are, your relationships with others, and your outlook on the world. You bring in your own past experiences, current circumstances, relationships, and all the thoughts and feelings that come with the territory.
Parenting is a road to be traveled, not a storm to be weathered, but you can't take care of them without taking care of yourself too.