There is no getting away from the fact that parenting is a challenge. No matter how many children you have, how old they are and how well-behaved they are, there are bound to be some obstacles along the way. These can have a far-reaching effect on the kids’ futures, their relationship with their parents, and the parents’ relationship with each other.
Many parents feel that they have to go it alone when it comes to parenting their children, but there is nothing wrong with getting some help during the difficult times. At InnerSight Psychotherapy, we help those at all stages of parenting to lead balanced, healthy lives that are beneficial to themselves and their families.
There are those who might tell you that parenting gets easier as the children get older, but in reality, the sets of challenges merely evolve. New parents often feel overwhelmed as they face the responsibility of caring for a new baby. They are exhausted from lack of sleep. The mother is often in pain as a result of a C-section or vaginal ripping, and may face post-partum depression. In some societies, the respective value placed on mothers and fathers can place a strain on both parents.
While those problems do go away as the baby becomes a toddler, new anxieties may arise. Parents may worry about whether their toddlers are meeting developmental milestones within normal ranges. If a new baby arrives, sibling relationships and developmental regression in the older child may become a concern.
As the children reach school age, the worries shift yet again, this time to school and peer relationships. And the teenage years are among the most challenging, as parents have to strike a balance between taking care of their children and allowing them to explore their independence.
The parenting dynamic becomes even more complicated if a child has a chronic illness, or a physical, mental or developmental disability, and in newly blended families.
Throughout the entire parenting journey – even when the kids are adults – it is important for the parents to nurture their relationship with each other. From struggling to find time together when a new baby arrives, to experiencing differences of opinion when it comes to discipline and major life choices, parenting can put an immense strain on the relationship.
At InnerSight Psychotherapy, we do not believe that parents should operate in isolation. We believe that it takes a village to raise a child, and that village includes providing the right support for parents who need it. If you and your partner are feeling overwhelmed by your role as parents, please reach out to us for help. Let us be part of your village.