PARENTING IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPLICATED, REWARDING AND CHALLENGING ENDEAVORS IN LIFE.
Even when clients come to us having read armloads of books — or having listened to advice from teachers and counselors — they often have the feeling that using this advice is easier said than done. More often, they don't have time to read the parenting books in the first place. When we become parents, we re-enter a mother/child or father/child relationship. This creates fertile ground for triggering the problematic beliefs and coping skills we bring from our own childhoods. When our kids “push our buttons,” when we say things to them we always swore we would never say, when we freeze up in situations we could have easily advised a friend to manage, our psychology is interfering with our parenting. By exploring the ways in which parenting can trigger emotional reactivity, you can minimize the degree to which these triggers impact your parenting and your relationships with your kids. In addition to helping you understand the way in which your psychological makeup may be affecting your parenting, we teach practical tools to help make your family life more connected and rewarding.