Parenting

Families are both a joy and a challenge at each stage of the life cycle. One- or two-parent families, single-sex and blended families, and families involving stepparents, grandparents, and in-laws are some of the contemporary families we see today.  Going to work after having or adopting a baby, juggling the schedules of working parents with children and older family members, and dealing with illness or death are only a few of the many family situations that make finding a work/life balance difficult.

Issues Families Face:

  • Finding balance in work life and personal life
  • Differing parenting styles and strategies
  • Differing priorities in work life and personal life
  • Time management and not having enough time
  • Varying degrees of involvement in family life

Some signs that you may need some extra help as a parent:

  • Arguments with your family
  • Feeling at odds with your child most of the time
  • Feeling at odds with your spouse or ex-spouse
  • Feeling overwhelmed and exhausted
  • Irritability, moodiness, anxiety, or social isolation
  • Neglecting previously enjoyable activities
  • Changes in appetite or eating habits
  • Confusion regarding effective and appropriate discipline

Issues Children Face:

  • Limited quality time and interactions with immediate family
  • Lack of support during life transitions and milestones
  • Adjusting to changes in family structure
  • Coping with a family crisis, including illness or death
  • Exposure to substance abuse
  • Poor school performance

Ways that children show you they may need additional support:

  • Negative attention seeking behaviors
  • Persistent testing of limits
  • Persistent moodiness
  • Temper tantrums
  • Developmental regression