Parenting brings many joys to life while watching your children grow and develop. These joys come from watching them reach their milestones such as walking, talking, and reading. There are the endless activities, crafts, and games engaged in with children. There are always many laughs shared between parent and child. In later years parents share life wisdom with their children. Throughout the years parents often experience unconditional love for their children.
However, parenting also brings several stresses and conflicts. As a natural part of development children often engage in oppositional or defiant behaviors that can cause considerable parenting concerns and conflicts. These conflicts can include having to tell your child several times to do something, arguing over rules and chores, their refusing to do homework, children not picking up after themselves, demanding or disrespectful behaviors, and adolescents staying out late.
While many of these behaviors are a normal part of childhood development, some can cause stress leading to parenting concerns. Parents often find themselves looking for answers on how to manage their children’s behaviors. This can be even more difficult for parents who already experience depression or anxiety. Some parents become frustrated when their discipline does not work or makes the situation worse. Other parents might wonder what forms of discipline are considered appropriate.
In therapy you can work to develop more effective parenting approaches. You can work to understand child development, and how children understand and process the world differently at different ages. You can learn about your child’s age appropriate behaviors, and how to use age appropriate discipline for your child. Therapy can help you learn why some parenting techniques are not effective, and can even make things more difficult in the long run. With that you can begin learning more effective discipline techniques.