Becoming a parent is an extremely rewarding journey, but it does not come without its struggles and trials.
Children are constantly sending us signals, and sometimes those signals are difficult to read. Are they hungry? Tired? Angry? And just as soon as you learn to recognize a signal from one child, your other child will be completely different. That’s the one sure thing about parenting-every child is different and has different ways of interacting with the environment.
Sometimes your child is going through a rough patch and is acting out in destructive or unacceptable ways (screaming, throwing objects, the works). When your child is acting out or having an emotional meltdown, it can be very difficult to keep your cool and keep your own emotions under control.
Parenting support or counseling can be helpful for parents of children of any age – from infant to teenage years. It can help you through many of the tough decisions that you will face in parenthood, including setting expectations, proper discipline, and balancing your life between being a parent and empowering yourself.
Many parents think meeting with a parenting counselor is a sign of weakness or failure as parents when this is far from the truth. Parenting is an extremely important responsibility, and it should provide joy and gratification as part of the human journey. If you as a parent are feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, or depressed, this can negatively impact the lives of yourself, your spouse, and your children.
I work with parents to help them feel secure in their relationship with their child and begin to feel confident in their parenting again, and I would love to work with you.