You’re in the grocery store, and you know what’s about to happen. Your son or daughter has been dragging their feet for the last 15 minutes, they’re complaining at progressively higher volumes, and now they have just grabbed the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups at the checkout line.
“Put the candy back, please,” you say. There’s a struggle, and then screaming and wailing (from your kid, not you). Your kid has gone boneless and is flopping on the ground, making a (yet, another) scene. You can feel the burning stares of other shoppers around you. You hear a shopper mumbling under her breath: “Geesh lady, get control of your kid.” You look down and wonder to yourself, “Why am I failing? Am I a bad parent?”
You’ve probably heard the adage: “Parenting is never easy.” Well, that’s both true… and it’s a bit of a lie. The truth is that parenting some kids is like being at bat and having someone lob you underhand pitches. You can hit them out of the park and look like a superstar! However, other kids (perhaps your child) are much better pitchers. They can throw curve balls, knuckle balls and fastballs. You swing for the fences, but it’s: Strike one, Strike Two, STRIKE THREE—YOU’RE OUT! Those parents, the ones at the grocery store mumbling about “controlling your child” it’s likely—if they have kids at all—that their kids don’t know how to throw knuckle balls!
Our point is that you never know what you might experience in parenting. But it’s normal to experience some challenges. If you need help working through these challenges, reach out to Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County. Our counselors and therapists want to help.
Understanding Your Child
At Thriveworks Marietta Counseling, we’ve worked with parents and children of many different types, facing many varied challenges. While we don’t know what’s going on with you and your child (or adolescent), here are a few things that are common among parents who are having a hard time:
- Strong-Willed Kids: A strong-willed child knows what he or she wants, and he or she thinks he/she should be in charge of themselves! This is actually a great trait to have (especially in adult life), but can put a parent through the ringer. Everything can feel like a negotiation — or a battle.
- Kids with Sensitivities: Do you have a child who complains that the tag on his/her clothes itches them? Or perhaps your child acts out when their environment is too loud, or chaotic or frenzied? It could be that your child is very sensitive to touch, sound or their environment at large. For these kids, just being carted through the isles of the grocery store could be a trigger for a melt down.
- Other Issues: And there are many other struggles your child could be dealing with, from ADHD, to anxiety, to autism spectrum disorder, to a learning disability, to trauma. We don’t mean to scare you by listing these things. Truth be told, these (later) issues are much less common than the former.
How Can Thriveworks Marietta Help?
At Thriveworks Marietta in Cobb County, we understand the how hectic family life and be, and because of this we know the importance of finding a child or family therapist who is available soon and can meet at a time of day that works for you and your family.
Thriveworks Marietta Counseling focuses on providing the highest level of care. Our licensed mental health professionals have been chosen for their expertise and ability to provide the highest quality care to children and parents (we reject more than 95 percent of applicants), and our team members have been featured widely in many professional and national publications including The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Psychiatric Times, Counseling Today, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and more.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Here is our promise to you: Call our office to schedule an appointment and we will do everything we can to connect you and your child with a licensed, caring, counselor as soon as possible, and at a time that works for you and your family’s schedule. We want you to find the help and support you need to be the parent you’ve always wanted to be. Reach out to Thriveworks Marietta as soon as you’re ready to so we can set you up with a child therapist or psychologist.