Yeah, so parenting is really hard sometimes.
Almost all of us had an idealized version of the family that we wanted to create and the life that we wanted to build together. We agonized over baby names, envisioned adorable mini versions or ourselves or our partners, we decorated a nursery, we drifted away into daydreams of how amazing our own tiny little humans would be.
We envisioned sitting around the dinner table chatting with our children about their day at school and the fun things that they did with their friends ...
Riding bikes or going for a walk around the neighborbood together ...
We dreamt of baking, doing crafts, going for hikes, playing in the pool, going camping, playing board games, hosting slumber parties, spending weekends with the grandparents and cousins, watching our littles soccer games or band concerts ...
And we were so excited to watch our children develop their own personalities and passions over time ...
To build caring relationships within our family and in their community, to grow up and live out the values that we have instilled in them, to feel strong and confident and lovable and capable and comfortable in their own skin.
And, unfortunately, that just isn't always what life looks like in your house.
Don't get me wrong, of course there are wonderful magical moments of peace and calm and connectedness. There is more than enough love to go around. There are sweet snuggles and laughter and lightheartedness.
But it just isn't always like that.
Sometimes things aren't just "unideal" ...
Sometimes things are frustrating and confusing and overwhelming and scary.
There is screaming, crying, moments of panic, inflexibility, fear, and rage.
Maybe there is even physical aggression happening at home or at school.
You've read all of the parenting books, you've heard far too much unsolicited advice from well-meaning family and friends, you've adjusted bedtimes and meal expectations and modeled desired behaviors and offered both rewards and consequences and it just isn't getting better.
You're exhausted and you're not sure what to do next.
Please know that you are not alone.
We know that you love your child more than anything else in the world.
We know that you just want them to be happy and well-adjusted.
We know that you are doing your best.
Our team has been helping families just like yours for more than a decade. We can help you and your child find a new groove, learn new ways to connect with one another and with the world around you, and find more moments of calm and contentment.
We work with children as young as 3 years old through adolescence and we'd love to support your family.
If you aren't sure exactly what therapy with younger children looks like or if it would be a good fit for your family's needs, check out Kelly Jean's blog series (linked here) to learn more!
You can read more about our child therapist Kelly Jean Tucker LCMHC here.
You can read more about our adolescent therapist Kiana Harlan LCSWA here.
You can read more about our tween and teen MSW Clinical Intern Sarah Hope here.
Please shoot us an email to schedule a 15 minute phone consultation to get started!