"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." James Baldwin
Parenting is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the world, and yet we receive little preparation in advance. It’s a job for life and just when you think you have figured it out your child grows and you have to adapt. Apart from loving your child as they are, being a reliable and stable presence, and offering them your care and attention, many of your parenting skills need to adapt and change as a child grows.
Are you struggling to cope with your child or teenager’s behaviour, with being a parent to a new born or the demands of modern-day parenting? I have spent many years as a clinical social worker and psychologist with babies, children, teenagers and parents in England, Canada and Switzerland.
I am also raising 3 bilingual children as part of a English/Canadian – Swiss couple and have first-hand knowledge of the issues related to relocating, children across borders and changing languages.
"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank
You may want to seek out coaching or counselling related to any number of the following questions or areas of concern:
What can I do to support my anxious child?
My child never tells me anything.
Why is my child so down?
When I try and enforce rules, why does it feel like a battleground?
Is my child defiant, spirited, or sensitive?
My child is self-harming, what should I do?
Help, I feel like I am doing it all wrong?
My partner and I can’t seem to agree on how to parent our child, what can we do?
I think I have issues myself that are getting in the way of how I want to parent.
I don’t think I will ever get over losing my child or baby.
My child or teen is addicted to social media or gaming, how do I stop them?
“Having one child makes you a parent. Having two makes you a referee.” David Frost