“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin
One of the most challenging relationships we experience in life is the one that’s also the most rewarding — the parenting relationship with our children. And parenting children today is more difficult than ever before. As a parent, you’ve probably experienced one or more of these problems raising children and teens:
- Behavior problems
- School or learning difficulties
- Lack of emotional regulation (especially anger or fear)
- ADD and ADHD
- Peer relationship problems
- Shyness, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression
- Low motivation; lack of interest in activities or socially; apathy
- Obsessions and compulsions (with food, video games, etc.; repetitive behaviors and rituals)
- Co-parenting problems due to separation and divorce
Parenting is more challenging today because there are so many powerful (often negative) influences on children inside and outside the home. The Internet, video games, explicit TV shows and music are difficult to control or manage inside the home. In schools, the influence of other children is more concerning than ever before, with bullying behavior, unreasonable expectations at school (regarding academic performance, sports, etc.) and pressures to conform with others.
“Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” — Ray Romano
Parents can get the help they need to learn the best parenting methods and to reduce the stress of raising children today.
The expert parenting counselors and therapists at our Center have years of experience helping parents master the most effective methods for raising children and teenagers. A wide range of parenting issues are addressed in counseling sessions for parents, including:
- Child rearing fundamentals (love and nurturance; guidance and discipline, feelings and communication)
- How to recognize problems (behavior, learning and school problems, emotional issues)
- Dealing with anger (theirs and yours)
- Co-parenting (parental partnership; step-parents; divorced parents)
- Punishment or consequences; rewards and discipline
- Parenting teenagers
Parenting books and classes can be quite helpful. But when you need a more personalized approach for a deeper understanding and specific guidance for you and your child, our parenting counselors have the wisdom and experience to help.