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 who is going through some kind of developmental or genetic disorder.
- 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.
At Clarity, there is no expectation for the "best parenting style"...you will not hear, "you should be doing this or that". At Clarity, I know first hand that a parent's intentions and a child's personality is not something that can be listed in two columns and then rearranged for better results. Oh no, parenting is a complex web of factors that must take into account parent's intentions, child's personality, child's in-family history, child's out-of-the-house history, child's perceptions, family communication style...and much much more. Even then, what works on one day may seem ineffective the next day. It is complex but it is IMPORTANT and together we can find a way to sift through the variables and align your goals with your child's willingness and understanding to become a united front - on the same side of life which typically means they come to the realization that you only want what's best for them; while you/we recognize they are constantly evolving minds searching for independence and purpose.