Parenting Issues

Raising a human being can be a daunting task. Though babies may look uncomplicated, infants require a significant level of attention and care in order to grow up into a healthy person. On top of the day-to-day needs that young infants and children have, each child has their own unique personality--these personalities are in part encoded within their genes, and in part shaped by their caregivers and living environment. It is the parent’s task to work with each child--and the unique personality of that child--to develop appropriate behaviors and social skills, learn life skills, and create healthy relationships. Though parenting can be difficult at times, many parents report that raising their child(ren) was the most rewarding aspect of their adult life.

Influence and Limitation of Parents

Today’s parents know that what they do and what they say during the two decades of raising a child really matters. Although they cannot control all the factors involved in human development--birth order, peer pressures, traumatic events, school experiences, and all the rest--parents know that they will likely have more impact on their child than any other person in that child's life. Most often, parents want that impact to be positive.

However, parents have limitations. They do not have all the answers. Sometimes their own childhood experiences have left them with deficient models of parenting (i.e. growing up in a volatile home, living through a difficult divorce, having ill or unavailable parents, living with addiction, and so on and so forth). Sometimes their own physical or emotional health challenges can make parenting more difficult. Sometimes parents are simply facing issues with their child that they do not know how to handle--a child who refuses to be toilet trained, a kid who gets bullied at school, a son or daughter who wants to drop out of college before graduating--there are many different types of questions and concerns parents will have to face. In many cases parents need someone to turn to for guidance and support.

(Resource: GoodTherapy.org)

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