Parent training isn’t part of school, college or university – and yet parenting young children and teenagers is one of the most demanding jobs a person can do. From tantrums to tears, from arguments to refusals to co-operate, we know just how hard parenting can be. Add in sleep deprivation, and it can take a toll mentally on the best of us.
It requires a set of parent skills we assume come naturally – but we know that learning skills to parent children comes with practice, and learning. 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 adolescence – physically, cognitively and emotionally.
Parent Training and Coaching
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’s tantrums or difficult behaviour can become exhausting. Emotions in families can get big.
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.