Parenting doesn’t have to be a headache! In fact, there is much joy to be discovered along the way. Understanding behaviour is the key to successfully managing the more difficult times, and knowing what is going on emotionally, physically, and developmentally can save you from experiencing a lot of unnecessary frustration. Counselling can be a valuable resource in navigating the ups and downs of parenting.  From offering innovative parenting ideas to helping you manage extremely challenging behavior, Barb can provide the support you are looking for.

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.”
~John Wilmot

Healthy Communication

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”
~Robert Fulghum

Ways you can benefit from counselling:

  • learn effective communication techniques
  • learn when and how to deal with an issue
  • explore your triggers
  • know what you’re dealing with
  • learn the importance of developmental stages
  • be more empathetic
  • be aware of body language
  • become more in tune with your emotional states
  • be a better listener
  • keep emotions in check

Setting Boundaries

“The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.”
~Benjamin Spock

Ways you can benefit from counselling:

  • learn the importance of boundaries
  • adopt age appropriate expectations
  • clearly communicate your expectations
  • discover workable solutions
  • recognize the  different purposes that behaviour serves
  • establish cooperative methods of negotiation
  • learn to let go when the time is right

Positive Discipline

“It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.”
~Robert Brault

Ways you can benefit from counselling:

  • understand the different purposes that behaviour serves
  • learn the most effective techniques for managing negative behaviour
  • use natural and logical consequences
  • learn to be respectful
  • understand developmental stages
  • allow your child to experience both positive and negative consequences
  • keep your child’s dignity intact
  • know when to give teens more responsibility
  • learn how the delivery can take away from the message
  • understand the difference between negative consequences and punishment
  • be mindful of your own emotions
  • learn to are recognize your own triggers
  • know that no amount of abuse is acceptable

Supporting Teens Who Are Anxious or Depressed

“In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.”
~Author Unknown

Ways you can benefit from counselling:

  • know that you’re not alone
  • understand what is going on physiologically
  • help your child manage symptoms
  • allow your child to freely communicate thoughts and feelings
  • explore the root causes of anxiety and depression
  • know when to visit the Doctor
  • understand the risks of keeping things bottled up
  • learn to be patient and compassionate
  • connect with other resources
  • get support for yourself