Parenting is one of the hardest challenges we will face. It can be a rewarding yet stressful time as you learn to navigate the waters as a parent as well as raising your children to become the best they can be.

Life itself can come with challenges, associated with parenting or just in general. It makes sense that at some points in our lives, we will all need a little bit of help to guide us and learn how to deal with everything that comes our way.

Being open to changes is a big part of how we deal with life as it allows us to accept that what will be will be. that doesn’t mean we always know how to handle it or even help our children handle different emotions and experiences. Especially if we are unsure of ourselves. 

So how can you help your family through changes in life and encourage positive emotional attitudes and behaviour?

Counseling.

Counseling isn’t for everyone. Or so they say. However, there are different therapies and counseling options available. If you are struggling with something as a family, visiting a family counseling center can help you work through any problems you may be having together so you can gain the knowledge to help you deal with different situations now and in the future.

You can also choose to have counseling and therapy independently of your family or with your spouse/partner to help you overcome any problems or issues you may be facing.

Communication

You may think you are helping the family to worry less by keeping things to yourself. But that isn’t always the case. Keeping things in the open and inviting input from the whole family can not only help you see things from a different perspective but also help lighten the mental and emotional load.

This is especially important when it comes to raising children. It pays to both be on the same page over the major issues or at least compromise if you can’t agree. But also by simply acknowledging others thoughts and opinions, you can help your family to communicate any problems easily without feeling judged or having to struggle alone.

Express Emotions

Children learn from their parents. Parents can also learn a lot from children too, but with regards to how they handle their emotions, it is the children who learn from parents more.

By showing emotions yourself and allowing your child the time and space to feel what they feel and express their feelings, you can help them deal with them as life changes. Working together to process different emotions, feelings and situations together, you can help your children model that same behaviour and know they don’t need to hide how they feel or suffer alone as you can all give each other the support and knowledge you need to work through it together. 

Be it joy, grief, anger or the tumultuous tween hormonal stage, this will place you on a better footing to support each other’s emotional development no matter what the situation is.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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