Sometimes things can get to be more than you can handle. I know this from my own personal experience. I suffered a great loss and after a year of trying to cope with that loss on my own, I knew that it was time for me to reach out for some help. I was missing work, didn't want to do much of anything and just didn't feel like myself. I started seeing a counselor each week, and it has helped. If you are struggling to recover after a loss, this blog may be able to help you find the help you need to get past it.
Are you having trouble parenting? Maybe you just wonder if you're really doing the best job possible with your little ones. First of all, the fact that you're asking these questions at all means you're an excellent parent. And as an excellent parent, something you may want to look into is parent coaching. This is a form of counseling. You work directly with a psychologist who teaches you new parenting skills and philosophies that you can use to improve your parenting over time.
Parent coaching works well for many people, but there are a few myths and misconceptions floating around about the practice. It's important to clear these up to ensure you're able to make an informed decision as to whether parent coaching is right for you.
Myth: Parent coaching is just for people who are failing as parents.
If you do feel like an abject failure as a parent, then you should certainly seek parent coaching. But here's the thing: it's best to seek coaching before you feel like a failure! Also, as long as you're willing to seek help and improve, you're not a failure at all. You're a parent who is experiencing a normal bump on the road.
You can also enroll in parent coaching even if you think you are an excellent parent already. Even the best parents do not know everything, and you are almost certain to benefit from learning more about parenting from a trained psychologist.
Myth: Parent coaching has to involve both parents.
Some parents avoid coaching because they cannot get the child's other parent on board. It is always nice if both parents can come to coaching sessions and learn together. However, if your co-parent is not interested in coaching, you can still attend yourself. You may even learn some skills to help you communicate with your co-parent about the importance of things like coaching and improving as a parent.
Myth: Parent coaching will force you to change the way you're doing everything.
Are you a little afraid to change the way you're parenting? Don't worry — parent coaches won't typically aim to have you throw out everything you've been doing and start over. They're very understanding of the fact that each family is unique, and each parent is different. Rather than overhauling your parenting style, they'll typically work with you to identify the areas where you're excelling and the areas where you're not excelling — and then slowly make small changes to improve where you can. It's a gradual process, not an overnight overhaul.
Hopefully this article has taught you a little more about parent coaching and its importance. Children do not come with handbooks, but you can learn to parent them better by meeting with a coach.Share