Parent Coaching

  • parent coaching at i choose change allen counseling center
  • parent coaching at i choose change allen counseling center

Parent coaching may seem like an odd concept, and that being a parent seems straightforward in theory. You teach your children good moral values and encourage positive behavior to excel, but life can be messy and parenting is never easy. Whether you have children who are well-behaved and fulfill every expectation or ones who are troubled and get into sticky situations, the bottom line is that parenting is never simple. One key point to remember is that you’re not alone. If you feel like you’re struggling with parenting, there a few easy things to consider.

What is Parent Coaching?

We all need guidance and mentoring with our parenting. At our office, you’ve got a team of experts who are not only parents themselves, but who bring the expertise of human development into a parenting plan. Parenting overall can feel like one big struggle regardless of your kids’ behavior. It seems like becoming a parent should come with a manual, but as any parent knows, the hard truth is that it’s all a “fly by the seat of your pants” situation. This is partly due to the individual personalities of your kids which is something you can’t control. If you worry at night over the decisions your child has made or the advice you gave them, it’s definitely a struggle. Trying to guide a young person is intimidating enough, much less when they’re your offspring.

Who Has Parenting Struggles?

The short answer is anyone who has a child. The more complex answer is that there are many judgmental generalizations about parenting and how it should be done, especially taking into account economic disparities. However, nothing compares to the reality. Every parent has struggles, though they vary widely. Sometimes it’s the parent who doesn’t know how to approach their child, or it can be the child having problems who can’t connect with the parent. No two cases are ever the same. Whether your child is in juvenile detention or on the high honor roll at school, the insecurity of how to approach children as a parent is an even playing field in its complexity. There is no handbook, and whether something bad or good happens isn’t always in your control. The only thing you can do is learn how to be a more effective parent, and there are a few easy options to do just that.

Parent Coaching Can Help

No one who’s a parent would ever say that parenting is easy. However, what is easy is to make the decision to hone your parenting skills and work through your own struggles. As a parent, maintaining a positive, constructive mentality is absolutely essential to the success of your child. In other words, you need to hone your communication skills. This is where talk therapy can help. Call today for a free consultation with a certified counselor to explore how you can benefit from therapy. Communication is a learned skill and one of the most important when you’re dealing with your family.

About the Author:

Jennifer Slingerland Ryan knows a thing or two about kids and families. First, she knows they are joyous, exhilarating, loving and so darn fun. Second, she knows they suck your life dry and make you weep like a baby. By day she’s a psychotherapist; by night she’s a mom and wife. She claims to love therapizing couples, educating parents, reading dystopian fiction and sleeping in her free time (read: she never sleeps). Jennifer has spent over 12 years in private practice working with individuals, couples, and parents who are faced with kid-drama, mamma-drama, and family-drama, and she claims that although some stories make a grown woman cry, she loves it.
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