Parenting is the most difficult job in the world! It is only natural to run into stumbling blocks along the way. Some parents have difficulty getting their children to be compliant with the household rules, helping their children through various family issues (e.g. divorce, relocation, remarriage) or helping their children do well in school. When parents feel stressed or ineffective in their roles, it can impact the functioning of every member of the family.
Warning Signs That You May Want To Talk With Someone:
- Feeling ineffective as a parent
- Difficulty navigating conflict
- Frequent arguing in the household
- Experience of any family stressor (e.g. relocation, loss, separation)
- Feeling of frustration in your role as a parent
Outreach has services designed to help parents discuss their struggles and receive help. Parent consultations are a free service offered to parents during which a counselor can help develop a plan of action for responding effectively to current difficulties. Additionally, family therapy (in which members of the family participate in counseling) may help everyone learn improved skills, such as effective communication and ways of dealing with intense reactivity.