Common Concerns for Parents

/Common Concerns for Parents
Common Concerns for Parents 2017-07-11T02:18:03+00:00


PREPARING EMOTIONALLY FOR THE FIRST BABY
Having a baby can be exciting as well as daunting for both parents. Fears about one’s capacity as a parent, fears about getting one’s own emotional and practical needs met, and fears of losing intimacy are just some of the stresses and strains. PARC therapists are experienced in helping couples prepare emotionally and psychologically for their first child.

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WORKING PARENTS, CHILDCARE AND STRESS
When you and your spouse are both working, it can feel like there’s barely enough time to take care of your children’s needs, never mind your own. When the two of you come home tired and stressed, it’s easy for conflict to arise. A skilled and experienced PARC therapist can help you learn to negotiate and cooperate so that you can fully enjoy the ups and support one another through the downs of parenthood.

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ISSUES BETWEEN PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS
Adolescence raises many issues for parents, the adolescent themselves and the family as a whole. The adolescent wants to separate and support his or her own individual growth, yet also remain a child within the family, creating stress for the entire family. A well trained PARC specialist can help families find solutions to this common dilemma.

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HELPING ELDERLY PARENTS
Just at the point when your children are grown, you’ve made the last tuition payment, and you’re looking forward to some free and enjoyable time for yourself, your own parents start to decline and face the problems of aging and mortality. One parent may be ill or deceased and the other may feel emotionally overwhelmed and alone, or ill, as well. PARC therapists understand what you are going through. We can help you cope with this new set of demands and create strategies to ensure that your own needs are met.

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SIBLING RIVALRY
Conflicts between siblings are often difficult for parents to handle. You want your children to get along, but feel helpless to stop the fighting. PARC can help you create strategies that will enable you to lead a more peaceful household.

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ADOPTIVE PARENTING ISSUES
Being an adoptive parent presents unique challenges. For instance, a “shadow” often appears in many subtle ways at different stages of development for the adopted child and for the adoptive parents. PARC therapists can help you explore the issues and ease the anxieties that often arise for adoptive parents.

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STEP-PARENTING CHALLENGES
When multiple parents are involved in raising children, it can be difficult to discuss, communicate, and negotiate differences. PARC consultants have the professional experience and expertise to help you search for solutions together, in pairs, or alone.

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SINGLE PARENTING CHALLENGES
Single parents face unique and special challenges. The need to juggle a social life, dating, developing new social networks, and parenting without the help of a partner can be overwhelming. Financial concerns often further compound these pressures. You may need help answering questions such as, “How do I develop new social networks as so many of my friends are married? When do I start to date? What do I tell my children when I have a date? When do I introduce my children to the person I am dating?” A specially trained PARC therapist can help you address these and other concerns that you and other single parents commonly face.

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