Parenting is the hardest job on the planet!
There is nothing more powerful and utterly terrifying than having a child. Suddenly, you are responsible for a whole other life and there is no instruction booklet! From the moment your child is conceived, you become part of this incredible, trans-formative process. Sometimes it feels like you go kicking and screaming into the changes asked of you while other changes, like the way your heart has opened to a whole new level of love, are a welcomed expansion.
However, sometimes things don’t go quite as expected or we hit a bump along the way. While some bumps are larger than others, common parenting challenges include:
Struggling with your new role as a parent, feeling like you will never be good enough
A birth that didn't go as you had planned, feeling unresolved about it all
Feeling incredible anxiety and worry over your child, more than you think other parents may feel
Becoming the parent you promised yourself you would not become because you're repeating old family stories and traumas from the past
Finding it hard to balance self and parenthood and feeling guilty about it
Your child is a teen and their independence is sending you into a bit of an identity crisis.
I get it. It's hard to put yourself first.
It's hard to make your emotional well being so central and to justify the investment of time and money in yourself. But I have a secret to share with you. You are already central. Your emotional well being (or lack of it) already affects your children and family. The question is…is it affecting them the way you'd like it to?
Perhaps it’s your child you’re most concerned for…
Maybe your child is struggling and you are not sure how to best help them. You may lay awake at night wondering if…
The distance you feel between you and our teen is the normal stuff of independence or if they might be feeling depressed and withdrawing.
Your child is just a little shy and nervous or if they might be experiencing unrelenting anxiety that is causing them to miss out on the activities and time with friends they really love.
Your child simply has really high standards or if they are pushing themselves too hard and suffering from crippling perfectionism and the fear of failing.
I’m here to help…
I‘m Jody Pittner and I help kids and parents just like you figure out what’s really going on below the surface. Sometimes I work with a parent to get unstuck and begin seeing the parenting journey as a truly trans-formative catalyst for growth. At other times, I work with a child or teen who may not be able to express exactly how they feel or put their powerful emotions and experiences into words. But whether I work with you or your child, what almost all families I talk to have in common is that they have been walking around with the weight of the world on their shoulders with no one to help them express how they feel and learn what to actually do about it.