Parenting is a challenging endeavor, perhaps now more than ever. It is on the job training and many will inadvertently rely on their own childhood experiences in their parenting practices. Often, this is done without consideration for the positive and negative ways in which such childhood experiences were impactful. To complicate matters, each child is unique, which requires parents to cultivate different skills and approaches for different children.
Working with a therapist can assist in exploring personal histories and the impact of those histories on parenting choices. Therapy provides a safe space to evaluate what is working well and what is not. It can help us notice the ways in which we may be creating unnecessary challenges for our children, and help us develop tools to shift parenting patterns accordingly. Therapy also provides an opportunity to obtain unbiased support as one navigates the challenges of parenting, those that are common to most and those that are unique to you.