Being a parent carries a lot of responsibility, and the process can be difficult at times. Whether you are married or single, you may have feelings as though you are on your own, especially if you are dealing with a difficult situation or behavior issues with your child. It’s important to address these problems, and seeking the help of a therapist and/or parent support group can alleviate the stress.
Why is parenting support necessary?
Sometimes a parent needs guidance when reinforcing rules and setting boundaries for a child. If a person is going through a divorce, this can affect a child or children involved. Each of this issues can affect a family unit, and its important that you don’t weather the storm alone. Parent support groups can assist with improving parenting skills, as well as relationships between the parent and child.
What does parenting support look like?
- Therapy can be in the form of a support group with other parents, one-on-one sessions with a therapist, or may involve family counseling. Support can be helpful if you have a young child or teen who has experienced a challenging or traumatic event.
- Parenting support can take the form of group therapy which involves meeting with other parents to discuss your child’s behaviors and offer advice to one another (on hold at this time).
Parent Coaching (available through Parenting the Peaceful Way: http://www.parentingthepeacefulway.com)
Parent Coaching is NOT therapy!
Parenting is an important if not challenging job. At times, when all else seems to fail, parents need support and encouragement. Parents are often left wondering “Am I doing this right?” or “Why can’t I get my child to listen to me?” or “Why can’t I connect with my child?”
The benefits of Parent Coaching include:
- Strengthening parenting styles to achieve parenting consistency
- Managing the stress and anxiety that sometimes comes with parenting
- Developing more effective methods of discipline
- Strengthening communication and connection with children and teens
- Guiding children and teens through transitions (e.g., divorce, school adjustments, life transitions)
- Supporting children and teens with special needs (e.g., learning differences, ADHD, emotional issues)
- Developing parenting styles and personal emotional intelligence to enhance children’s/teens’ self-concepts
- Developing and strengthening tools to manage familial changes or obstacles (e.g., divorce, sibling rivalry)