No doubt about it, parenting can certainly be rewarding!  Children can bring a vitality and a fresh perspective on the world that nothing can rival.  From the first bright-eyed smile in the morning to the last drowsy snuggle during bedtime, children have a way of filling our hearts with love and appreciation.

But parenting doesn’t come without its challenges as well.  It can feel like working at the most demanding job you’ve even encountered, and you don’t even have a manual to help you!  Maybe you’ve noticed a mood change in your child.  Suddenly, they seem sad or withdrawn, and you’re just not sure how to handle it.  Or maybe you’ve noticed a change in their behavior at school.  You’re getting calls from their teachers to talk about slipping grades or inappropriate conduct. 

BEING A PARENT IS HARD.

Quite often, it’s not just issues with your child that you need help with.  You might feel inadequate, like you’re just not measuring up to the “super parent” you keep reading the blog posts about.  You try talking to your child about what’s happening, but they just keep shutting you out.  You feel like you’re doing all the work while your partner gets to be “the fun one”.  Or maybe you’re on your own with parenting, which certainly has its own set of challenges!  As doubts creep in, you realize you feel all alone, overworked, and out of ideas.  Parenting sometimes is just ROUGH!

THERE IS HELP FOR YOU!

At Heartland Therapy Connection, we understand the unique challenges that come with being a parent, and we’re here to listen and help!  We’ll look beyond the “right or wrong” ways to handle conflict and find the best practice approach for each member of the family.  Our therapists will work with you to create a safe, therapeutic atmosphere where everyone’s needs and concerns will be considered.

Using a family system approach that considers the interaction between all members of the family, we can start to pinpoint specific issues that are causing disruptions in the household and work with you to create a plan to address them.  With an emphasis on effective communication among family members, we’ll consider ways to encourage open discussion with each other while emphasizing the importance of truly listening to each other as well.  We’ll also discuss coping skills for each member of the family to help them regulate when emotions get high.  It’s going to be some tough work, but you can get through it, and you can do it together!