Are you at a loss when it comes to parenting?
Do you feel frustrated, stuck, and worried about the relationship with your child(ren)? Dealing with the never-ending demands of being a parent makes you feel like you’re drowning.
The happy moments you experience with your kids, if any, are short-lived. You miss the days when you felt excited to see your kids. Maybe you’ve noticed them lashing out at you or pulling away from you. Perhaps your child is struggling with sadness and you don’t know where to turn. You might be wondering where you went wrong.
You’ve tried every trick in the book
Let’s face it: kids test our patience in ways no one else can. You love your kids, but sometimes you don’t like them very much. And that’s okay. Often you feel like their emotional punching bag, absorbing continuous blows of negativity. Maybe you want them to try harder in school and make better choices. Or perhaps, you’ve become so distant that you don’t know much about their life right now.
Every stage of parenting has its struggles
So why is parenting so difficult? In part it’s because your child is learning how to navigate the world. Their brains are still growing from first-time experiences. This often means they’re pushing back on boundaries, fighting for independence, and learning things “the hard way”. You might be at a loss of what to try next.
The truth is that parenting isn’t a one-size-fits-all. How effective you are as a parent is heavily influenced by:
- Your child’s age
- Life changes
- Changes in behavior
- Mental health diagnoses
- Family trauma, and more
You might feel like a failure as a parent. It’s difficult to talk about this with people in your life. You may feel ashamed about asking others for guidance. You might fear judgment or unsolicited advice from others. Or perhaps, you’re too overwhelmed to take in any advice.
Parent Coaching in New Jersey
You’ve heard of gentle parenting, helicopter parents, and everything in between. You may have already tried countless techniques with your kids, but nothing seems to work. You don’t know which parenting style is going to finally get through to them. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. Parenting never came with a How-To Guide. We’re all just trying to do what we think is best for our children, but many of us are drowning.
When your child is struggling with school, sports, or friends, what is your advice to them? Likely you’re going to recommend that they go to a teacher, coach, or peer for help. Parenting should be no different. The need for help doesn’t stop when we become parents. In fact, we often need more support to get through the ups and downs of family life. We all deserve to get support, guidance, and advice from an expert. You don’t have to struggle alone.
Family Therapists in Metuchen, New Jersey
Child and family therapists are mental health professionals who are trained in child development, parenting, and family therapy. Child and family therapists provide parent coaching, family therapy, and individual therapy. Our New Jersey Family Therapists are here to help.
Our therapists provide a non-judgemental space to talk about parenting challenges. Parent coaching with our therapists means learning techniques that are tailored to your family’s needs. If you’re ready to make changes in your household, parent coaching is for you. Parent coaching can be done individually, with your partner, or as co-parents. Learning new techniques can be effective at all ages, from newborns to adult children and beyond.