It isn’t easy raising children and being a parent. They are subject to so many influences. For example, other children at school, the music they listen to and things they watch on TV can make them think they have to behave badly or in inappropriate ways. It can feel like the good child you raised is turning into a teenage monster that you can’t control.
Family & adolescent counseling can help parenting easier
You don’t have to face these parenting issues alone. Counselors and marriage and family therapists can help to increase communication skills within the family and diffuse the tension. We all tend to slip into coping mechanisms and patterns of behavior that don’t actually help the situation. A therapist can help you identify and change these behaviors.
Sometimes a therapist can help assess whether your child is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and help them to manage it in a drug-free way.
Both parents and children can also sometimes benefit by learning stress reduction techniques. Your therapist can teach you a few simple techniques and explain your options if you want to learn more.
Counselors can also help if your child is being bullied or acting as the bully. It is important to address issues like this as they can lead to even more trauma if the child is left to deal with it on their own.
Sometimes parents have unrealistic goals and expectations for their children. A therapist can help you access the real situation and help you develop proper goals.
Children often struggle to make sense of it all and their self-esteem can plummet. In some cases it can even lead to suicide. Counseling can help them face the future in a more constructive way. It can help them develop the life skills they need so they know how to cope with social barriers and emotional issues. See our page about family counseling for more details.
Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS) is sometimes needed
In some cases, the child may have mental health issues and BHIS can help them to learn social skills, communication skills and anger management. If your child is onTitle 19 insurance, they can even receive BHIS for free. See our page about BHIS for more details.
Parenting help is at hand
The main thing is to realize that help is available. You should not feel any shame in reaching out for assistance. By learning more skills, your families closeness and harmony can be restored and you can go forward helping each other to grow and develop.