Parenting Skills Training/ Coaching

No one provides us with clear guidelines about the right way to parent, particularly if our child is intense or challenging.  There are no classes in school, and childbirth preparation focuses almost entirely on the birth process. After having a child, hospitals provide some basic instruction on the care and feeding of a newborn, but no one teaches you how to nurture, support, guide and educate your child to become a responsible adult. Most of us muddle along on our own, often parenting much as we were parented or in direct opposition to the style with which we were raised.

Psychologists and other researchers have studied what works, and what doesn't work, and how are parenting styles effective different kinds of kids.

Parenting skills training passes this knowledge onto parents.

Psychotherapists provide parenting skills training either within the framework of family therapy, or as part of individual psychotherapy, to help parents manage specific behavioral problems or situations. Parenting skills training can also focus on general parent-child interactions. Often, the goal is to help parents avoid ineffective parenting responses, by learning effective ways of managing their children's behavior. Parents can also be taught strategies for managing children with special needs, such as ADHD children, children adjusting to divorce, and children diagnosed with specific psychological or behavioral problems.

Parenting skills training is not just for parents who have been accused of being "bad parents" and it is not just for parents of children with serious psychological problems.  Parenting skills training is worthwhile for every parent, because it can help you do the best job possible in raising your children, because it can improve your confidence in your parenting ability, and because this is the most important job you will ever have.