Parenting Counseling – Counselors and Therapists in Round Rock, TX
Children are great, but complicated. Parenting can seem like a complex mixture of project manager, janitor, mentor, circus performer, judge and jury, con artist, psychic, philosopher, team lead, spy, diplomate, hostage negotiator, and benevolent dictator. Sometimes it is complicated even more by there being other people (siblings or partners), sometimes they are all that helps you feel as if you are still afloat. That’s all ok, it is hard enough to manage our own lives, let alone manage the life of another person with ever changing requirements, that at times does not even want you to manage it.
Children are complicated by a number of things:
- Changing goals
- Ever increasingly difficult school assignments in almost any topic
- A social system that can go from Charlie Brown to Lord of the Flies
- Other parents
- Other kids
- Constant worry that you can permanently scar your child in some way
- Food (please just eat something healthy!)
- So many emotions I listed it twice (theirs and yours)
- New things every week
- Video game
- Inappropriate media/people/places
- Bed time
Now imagine it from their perspective, and take away your years of experience and tools. Part of why it is hard to be a parent is that it is really hard to be a kid. Your six year old has never been a six year old before, and has virtually no experience in anything. Your sixteen year old has never been a sixteen year old before, and thinks she knows everything.
The good thing is, almost all kids are great, want to feel good, want respect and love, want safety, and want to do good. The constant (and frequently conflicting) influences and pressure on them start to complicate what any of those words mean, and muddy the waters on how to get there.
Parents are one of the largest influences on a child’s life, and it is a lot of pressure. Sometimes parents don’t agree with each other, sometimes a parent’s own baggage gets in the way, sometimes everyone agrees but no one has any idea what to do, and sometimes you just need help or support. If you feel your child needs help in their life, or if you feel that you are the one that needs help, Thriveworks Round Rock is here for your family. Call us at (512) 212-7045 and set up an appointment to learn how we can help get through whatever it is, together. We have counselors that look forward to trying to help.