Parenting & Child Counselling
Anyone who is a parent knows that taking care of a child can be very rewarding, yet extremely difficult. Occasionally, we need parenting tools in order to keep ourselves calm and in control of defiant children. Learning alternative parenting skills can improve the quality of your lives and will also offer your children better role models.
As being a parent is a great responsibility in shaping your children’s lives, it can be important to instil many beneficial values and beliefs that will guide them into adulthood and provide them with a solid foundation. However, not all children are easy to parent and may not have a personality or temperament that matches the parents.
A parent’s own emotional problems are another area that can make parenting a very difficult job. If a parent is depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or experiencing relationship difficulties, then parenting a child can become extremely tiresome.
However, it is perfectly natural not to feel wonderful in every moment about being a parent. It is entirely normal to have moments when you do not enjoy being a parent or might even dislike your kids. This is not something that we talk about a great deal, but the reality is that the parent-child relationship, like any relationship, is fraught with a wide variety and range of emotions and feelings, not all of which are comfortable or enjoyable.
So if you have moments when you feel like you want to toss in the towel, know that you are not alone, take a deep breath and find something to distract yourself with until your feelings pass.
How can counselling for parenting skills help me?
Just like our kids don’t always know how to be good kids, we don’t automatically know how to be good parents, even if we were lucky enough to have excellent parents ourselves. For most of us, parenting is something we learn on the fly. However, using the services of a counsellor can help us work through our own feelings about being a parent and the uncomfortable feelings we may have about our children from time to time.
If you’re looking for help and support for parent or family counselling, contact our counsellors in Adelaide on Ph: (08) 8237 0509 .