“There is no such thing as perfect parenting. And your aim is not perfection, your aim is presence. Your aim is to show up. And not to think you’re some kind of superhero, doing everything exactly the way a book might tell you to do, even if you wrote the book.”
-Dr. Dan Siegel
Being a parenting can be a joyful and rewarding experience; however, it can also be one of the most challenging experiences. When a family finds out they are going to have a baby, a manual of instructions is not given to the caregivers upon returning home. As a result, caregivers can be left feeling overwhelmed about how to handle the different challenges that children may have. Therapy can provide a space for the caregivers to learn how to manage challenging behaviors, increase their parenting skills to handle other unexpected challenges , which may present themselves, learn different ways to attach and bond with their child, and decrease feelings of fear and anxiety around being a parent. Using a collaborative approach, the therapist and caregiver can identify areas the caregiver may need an extra boost of confidence. The therapist can provide the caregiver with psycho-education and tools to help implement a new way of interacting and communicating with their child.