4 Important Benefits Parents Can Get From Counseling

4 Important Benefits Parents Can Get From Counseling

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As parents, we think that whatever we do—good, bad, or ugly—it is for our children’s best interests. Of course, we are bound to think this way because parenting, whether we admit it or not, is a job no one prepared us for, but here we are, we might as well make the best out of it, right?

But it is, at times, also in our children’s best interest that we seek help from professionals or parenting counseling experts, especially when the problem or situation at hand is something that can no longer be remedied by your words alone. Someone has to give you the right steps to deal with the situation or someone who can intervene to lessen the tension.

The very people who will help you in these cases are licensed professionals with extensive backgrounds in the field of parent and child therapy. And your mind will be at peace to know that this person really knows what she or he is doing.

Today we will be highlighting the benefits that you as a parent can get from attending therapy sessions and talking to counseling experts. Hiring someone to here you is no longer unheard of. Almost everyone nowadays has someone to talk to in case there is a pressing situation that needs to resolve. Doing so would not cause you to think you are doing a bad job as a parent. In fact, people who are close to you will see this as a positive step to be a better one.

Counseling helps you to be closer to your child

You should know better that pre-teen and teen are the messiest part of anyone’s life. You have been there once, right? During this stage, your child will normally keep you at bay and in the dark especially when you are not really that close. And even when you are close to each other, your child would take time to tell you what is wrong.

As a good parent, we would want to be there anytime—the good and the bad times. Have your child experienced an early heartbreak over a crush? Go get in there. Listen to what your child has to say. Ensure that no matter what happens, you will always be there for him or her.

Counselors will provide you with the right words to say and when to say them for occasions like this. They are equipped with knowledge acquired through years of study and experience in the field on what you should do for unexpected things like that.

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Counseling will help you correct your child’s behavior

Has your child started skipping school? Or if your child goes to school, he or she exhibits unruly behavior, one that causes trouble to others and dangers to himself or herself? Then it is very crucial you seek help from experts.

You can tell what is happening at home and you can expect the counselors to profile your son or daughter based on how he or she acts in a certain way. By doing this, you and the counselor can then come up with a plan to shut down, or at least minimize, the said trait he or she is exhibiting.

It is important that you understand where you child is coming from, what motivates her or him to do whatever he or she does. This way when you talk to him or her, you will have all the cards that you need to make him or him realize that it is a bad thing.

Getting a counselor can also be helpful since they can detect serious behavioral issues that are anchored on mental health problems. Is there a possibility that your has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism? These are disorders that you yourself would have a hard time telling, but the counselor, though sessions and observations, would know. Early diagnosis is important so we can prevent it soon before it gets worse.

Counseling will help you correct your own behavior

We are humans. As humans, we are bound to commit a mistake. And as humans, we can also be blind to our own actions and behaviors. Who knows, when all this time you are under the assumption that your child is in the wrong, when in fact, you are the person responsible for your child’s behavior?

It is really important to have someone that you can talk to who can maintain neutrality and objectivity. Counselors are trained to balance all sides of the matter before making a suggestion. They are paid to help you; to correct your mistakes as a parent, to help you become a better person in general. They are not paid to whisper sugarcoated sweet nothings to you. They are not trained to always take your side. They are trained to weigh all possible outcomes and make an informed decision afterwards.

Counseling will help you when you no longer know what to do

Sure, whether we admit it or not, the time will come when, no matter how hard we tried, we do not know how to proceed. Do I talk to my husband about this or do I confront my son? Will my son respect me if I grounded him? Is it okay to go to my child’s school and scold whoever is bullying him or her?

We feel you. We feel inadequate sometimes. But for fear that our actions will be interpreted in the wrong way, it is best if we seek recommendations from the people who have spent their lives helping others who are in the same boat. Admission of inadequacy is difficult, but for us to become better parents, we must recognize that some things are just out of our control.

Have your recently sought help from a therapist or a counselor? How was your experience? Would you say that you felt better after the session? Let us know in the comments sections so the other parents out there would know what to do when and if the time comes.

 

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About the author

Brad Mitchell is the founder and publisher of Northeast Ohio Parent, Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond and owner of Mitchell Media LLC. Northeast Ohio Parent was launched by Brad and a team in early 2014, and Boomer & Beyond launched in 2015. Brad has served in many different capacities in the magazine industry since the late 1980s in both Cleveland and his hometown of Chicago. He is married and has grown children, a granddaughter and a golden retriever. Brad can be reached at [email protected]

1 Comment

  1. I love that you talked about how counseling helps you to be closer to your child. Last week, a friend mentioned that he’s been having some troubles with his son. And he said that he has tried everything to have better communication, but that it’s not working. Since I don’t have kids yet, I couldn’t advise him on what to do. But I think your article might be of help to him. Thanks for the information about the benefits parents can get from counseling.

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