Hopefully last week you got a chance to check out the first blog post of my parents essential series for February, on the top 6 parenting principles. If not, check it out here: Top 6 Principles of Parenting. A lot is covered in last weeks blog post, so I want to spend some time breaking down some important points. [Read more…]
Parenting is the most challenging and most rewarding role there is. Okay, so I am biased. I have been helping well-intentioned, loving, yet struggling parents for many years, and I am a parent myself. While your role as parent will change over the course of your child’s life, parenting is a forever thing. It is vulnerable. It requires dedication and authority, as well as flexibility and self-reflection. Incorporating essential parenting principles early on will impact the relationship that you maintain with your child across their lifetime, and the lessons they learn will impact who and how they are as human citizens.
What kind of people attend therapy? At its root, this is a stigma-related question. Many people have received messages from society that devalue the very foundation of therapy or stigmatize those who engage in therapy, like: “don’t talk about your feelings”, “suck it up”, “don’t be vulnerable”, “vulnerability is weakness”, “it’s weird to share intimate details about yourself”, “save money or spend it on things- not talking”, “therapy is for crazy people”, etc. If you are asking yourself who attends therapy, then I would encourage you to ponder, why am I asking, what messages have I gotten about therapy and why does it matter to me?
Are you or have you ever felt lonely, overwhelmed or hopeless? Many people can answer yes to at least one of these at some point in their lives, but what about when the feeling becomes chronic and overwhelming? What about when the feeling expands to unwantedness, unworthiness or both? What about when the external loneliness turns into internal loneliness and it seems worry or sorrow has cast a shadow over your core self? No amount of band aids or bootstrapping will make these intense feelings or intrusive thoughts disappear. And no, it is not your fault that you can’t “just get over it”.