Do you have a child with out-of-control behavior? Do you wish you could get him/her to stop their negative actions and practice better ways of coping with life? Do you wish you could control your own reactions with your kids? Do you wish you knew what to do and when with your rebellious teenager or child? Have you found that your pediatrician or physician doesn’t have the time to discuss your child’s behavior or other non-medical solutions?
Does your child “forget” to do homework, or seems to daydream way too much? Does it seem to be that he/she gets into trouble at school because of being “overactive”? Do you find that your child seems to become distracted by so many things? Or has trouble completing their tasks or chores? Are you exhausted trying to figure out how to help your child without losing your nerve?
Do you have a child that seems to “stress out” or worry about their family, homework, friends, or other things? Does she/he seem anxious or fearful of transitions, changes, friends or family leaving, or even making new friends? Maybe he/she seems a bit sad and just not him/herself? Are you at a loss as to what to do to help them through some rough spots in their lives?
Why does it seem so difficult, overwhelming or mind-boggling when it comes to our relationships with our teenagers? Do you find yourself in a power struggle with your teenager? Do you find it difficult to talk about sensitive issues with your teen? Do you suspect he or she may be drinking or doing drugs? Do their actions seem weird, strange, out of the ordinary, or unusual?
Many parents find themselves at a loss or not ready with how or what to do as a parent and may find themselves doing the same thing over and over again with their child or teenager expecting him or her to change and it just does not seem to work all that well. Some parents may expect the child or teenager to “do as I say not as I do” and they resist or sees what “he/she can get away with”.
You are not alone! There is help and hope for you and your child/teenager. Here at Pathways Counseling Services we have trained counselors ready and willing to see how they may be of assistance in addressing your relationships, sorting out the problem, hearing your concerns, and coming up together with you some solutions and goals to accomplish. We have found that listening to your child, taking the time to know his / her concerns from their point of view and letting them be involved in the solutions will empower them to be more committed to change not to mention improved self-esteem and confidence.
Many times we have found that with the balance of love, respect, discipline (structure), direction with encouragement, and parenting skills many children do often turn things around and grow to be wonderful adults. It may be difficult to see all of this right now especially when your child struggles in school or in life. Taking this opportunity in counseling is a way to see positive changes that are long-lasting.
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