Parenting can be satisfying and fulfilling, but it can also be difficult and draining. People assume that parenting should come naturally but every parent faces their own unique set of difficulties. There is no shame in seeking parenting counseling and it does not make you a bad parent. Parenting therapy can be individual, you and your partner, your whole family, or a combination of any. By seeking counseling you are taking a brave first step at being a better parent for your children. Engaging in parenting counseling can benefit not only you but your family as well!
What is A Good Parent?
The number one quality that makes you a good parent to your child is that you show them unconditional love and support. Beyond that, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development lists the main responsibilities of a parent to include the following:
- Seeking appropriate help for the child’s medical, emotional, and developmental needs
- Keeping your children safe from harm
- Spending quality time with your child
- Giving them an empathic and supportive listening environment
- Setting and maintaining boundaries and structure
- Providing stability and consistency
- Supervising relationships and friendships of your child.
Reasons to Seek Counseling
Parenting is hard, there is no denying that. It can bring about intense distress in even the most stable individuals. Being overwhelmed by stress, lack of sleep, and poor health habits is bound to lead you to a breaking point. Every family has its own set of challenges, but many face similar struggles. Below are a few of many common reasons parents will seek support through counseling.
- Financial challenges
- Grief and loss
- Helping children cope with difficulties in school, social life, physical development, etc.
- Insecurity as a parent
- Difficulty creating and maintaining healthy boundaries
- Marital problems/divorce
- Mental health concerns
- Postpartum depression
- Work-life balance
How Can Parenting Counseling Help?
Parents are the first models and relationships a child knows and experiences. Children model their own behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, and personalities around what they observe from their parents, therefore, modeling healthy patterns for them is crucial. No parent “ruins” their child because of their small mistakes, but it can always help to have some guidance. In parenting counseling, you will be working towards the goals you desire based on your situation. When you find a therapist that is a good fit for you they will develop a treatment plan that best suits the needs of your family. Below is a sneak peek into what parenting counseling sessions may entail.
- Stress management skills
- Addressing the problem
- Sessions with the family/children
- Setting boundaries
- Sticking to boundaries
- Learning to deal with change
- Learning communication techniques
- Reframing negative thought patterns
- Learning new parenting techniques and strategies
- Challenging beliefs
- Addressing mental health concerns
- Receiving a supportive, non-judgmental, and empathic environment
It takes hard work and dedication to be a good parent. If you are currently struggling with some of these parenting issues and would like some guidance, it may be useful to connect with a therapist. To learn more about parenting counseling, contact Symmetry Counseling today!