Being a parent carries a lot of responsibility, and the process can be difficult at times. Whether you are married or single, you may feel as though you’re on your own, especially if you’re dealing with a difficult situation or behavioral issues with your child. It’s important to address these problems, and sometimes I refer individuals to groups which can also help to alleviate stress.
Why is parenting support necessary?
Sometimes a parent needs guidance on reinforcing rules and setting boundaries for a child. A divorce, for example, can affect a child or children involved. Support can also be helpful if you have a child or teen who has a developmental or genetic disorder. Many issues can affect a family unit, and it’s important not to weather the storm alone. Addressing one child’s challenges can help parents gain tips for helping maintain siblings’ emotional well-being. In families where there’s a disability, it’s not only the child and the parent who are affected, but the siblings who have no obvious disabilities. Attending to each family member’s needs early can prevent problems from growing and needing more intervention.
What does parenting support look like? Parents can meet individually or together for sessions with a therapist, or it may involve family therapy. I often refer parents to participate in carefully screened parenting classes available in the community.