“Making the decision to make a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go outside your body.” Elizabeth Stone
Parents’ love and concern for their children make parenting one of the most challenging tasks in life. Every child brings their own set of happy moments as well as worries; each developmental period generates its own dilemmas. In our fast-paced world of high expectations, many parents find themselves struggling alone or with their partner about to how to best raise their children.
Common parenting questions include:
- Is my child developing well, and do my expectations of him or her match his / her developmental stage?
- How can I handle sibling rivalry?
- How do I cultivate self-discipline and self-confidence in my child?
- What kind of role model do I want to be as a parent?
- How can I balance my career and self-actualization pursuit with my desire to be there for my family?
- How can I take better care of myself and avoid burning out?
- How can we as parents negotiate our differences of opinions?
Both individual and couple psychotherapy can provide an opportunity to talk constructively about your concerns regarding your child or children. Together we can integrate my expertise in developmental psychology and working with families of children and teens with your understanding of your child and their unique personality. As we analyze the dilemmas you are facing, we will identify practical ways of responding that are appropriate for both you and your child.