Parenting young children and teenagers is one of the most demanding jobs a person can do. New, and often sleep deprived parents must quickly master a range of skills, and the requirement for new parenting skills continually evolves as your child grows and develops through into adolesence – physically, cognitively and emotionally.
Parenting can be stressful, and unrealistic expectations can add to this stress. Many parents wonder if they are doing the right thing, or whether they are being too easy or too hard on their children. Learning new strategies to cope with difficult or challenging behaviour can increase your confidence in your parenting skills, and reduce your stress.
Parents seek help for many reasons. Couples may have different parenting styles, or disagree about which values are important. Children can have a range of emotional, cognitive or behavioural issues which can have an impact on the family and the relationships within the family unit, or significant events may impact these relationships.