Confident & Connected Families: Parenting Support in Austin, Texas
Providing Support for Parents at All Stages: From Expecting to Empty Nesters
At Relationships Matter Austin, our Parenting Support is dedicated to helping all parents navigate the ups and downs. We understand how tiring, frustrating, and thankless the journey can be at times. However with the right help from us you can overcome the challenge and transform it into opportunities.
Some of the ways we can support you are:
- Steps for identifying your own discipline philosophy—and mastering the best methods to effectively discipline and communicate the lessons you want to impart
- Ways to calmly connect and communicate love for a child—no matter how extreme the behavior—while still setting clear and consistent limits
- Tips for navigating your children through emotional storms
- Facts on child brain development—and what kind of discipline or expectations are most appropriate and constructive at all ages and stages
- Suggestions for how parents can work together in a unified way when they experience conflict over childrearing decisions and philosophy
- Keys to understanding what’s typical for your child’s age and stage, to better determine together whether your child might need some additional support
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Parenting is a challenge that affects every family.
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we do and no one gives us a manual on how to raise our children into responsible, considerate, and resilient human beings.
Maybe you know how you’d like to feel and be as a parent, but need some direction to get there.
When many of us were children and misbehaved we may have experienced punishment with shame and blame. Our parents did the best they knew how with the tools they had and many felt they were correcting our behavior out of love. But this left us without a clear roadmap on how to parent in today’s world.
You may have grown up in a family where the environment was chaotic and unsupportive. You want something different for the family you are creating, but you aren’t quite sure how to do that. We can help you parent in a way that is kind and firm and the family culture is one of support and cooperation.
Or maybe you live far from your family and original support system?
It can be hard to live far away from family and friends that are supportive. You may be new to Austin and still developing a support system while also parenting your children. It can help to have someone who can listen and support you so you don’t feel alone as you juggle so many responsibilities and roles.
Effective parenting support in Austin. We can help you build a healthy relationship with your children.
The GOOD NEWS is we can help you learn more effective ways to parent which can support you in feeling more connected to your child. Instead of punishment, you can focus on the relationship with your child and use discipline or teaching to guide them as they grow. When you connect with your children, they will feel safer and secure which can result in them being more respectful, self-aware, and better able to handle the pressures of life.
Parenting support for the many phases and transitions.
It can help to get support during the many transitions that occur in your life as a parent whether you are expecting a child, have a toddler, school age children, or have teenagers. Both emotional and practical support can help when life is busy and you are adjusting to new phases and challenges in parenting.
It can be difficult to be a parent, especially when it comes to facing challenges and contentious issues such as homework, screen time, food choices, and bedtime. And when your child’s behavior or emotional reactions seem particularly intense, parents can feel at a total loss. We are here to listen and understand listening to understand what you’re facing, then work with you to approach your child and the situation more effectively. We will give you strategies that can help you not only survive difficult moments with your kids, but actually use those very moments to help your children thrive. We want you to feel successful in the most important job you have-raising your children.
Give your child the best! Help them develop a secure attachment through a positive parenting approach.
Research has shown that a secure attachment is the best possible foundation for a healthy physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development.
What is Secure Attachment?
A securely attached relationship enables a child to feel at home in the world and to interact with others as an authentic individual who knows who they are. The child interacts with new opportunities and challenges from a position of openness, curiosity, and receptiveness rather than rigidity, fear, and reactivity.
Their whole brain is more integrated—which means they can employ the more sophisticated functions of their brain even when confronted with difficult situations and respond to their world from a position of security, demonstrating more emotional balance, more resilience, more insight, and more empathy.
As a result, the child will be not only happier but also much more socially adept, which means they’ll be better able to get along with others, collaboratively solve problems, consider consequences, think about other people’s feelings, and on and on. In short, a securely attached child is not only happier and more content but also much easier to be with and to parent. When kids feel safe, seen, and soothed, they will develop a secure attachment to their caregivers.
Feeling safe, seen, and soothed leads to security, which is based on predictability. Again, it’s not about perfection. No one can parent without making mistakes. Rather, it’s about letting your kids know that they can count on you, time and again, to show up. Their security will come when they believe that you’ll do all you can to keep them safe, that you’ll work hard to help them feel seen when they come to you, and that when things don’t go their way, you’ll be there to soothe them.
As a result, kids can approach life from an assumption that they are safe, that love and relationships will be consistent and present in their lives, and that they can handle life’s inevitable difficult moments, leaving them feeling secure and at home in the world.
Benefits of helping your child develop a secure attachment include:
- Curious and able to freely explore his or her environment
- Greatly facilitates learning
- More socially constructive and less aggressive in their behavior
- More empathetic
- Greater creativity and persistence in meeting life’s challenges
- Better able to cope and deal with difficulties
The advantages of secure attachment continue to be felt throughout a person’s life. Secure emotional attachment strengthens people’s ability to create a strong social network and to build a stable and positive bond and relationship with a partner as an adult.
We have helped lots of parents throughout the Austin, Texas area. We can help you peacefully resolve conflicts, inspire happiness, understand your child’s growing brain and developing mind, and strengthen resilience for everyone in the family.
We are here to help you too in any area you are facing challenges as a confident and loving parent- contact us today let’s get started.
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Parenting support: Frequently asked questions
How much does Parenting counseling cost in Austin, Texas?
At Relationships Matter Austin, the price for parenting support is not a fixed rate. Our very competitive price is based on a sliding scale taking into consideration the amount that will fit your budget. That said, it is an investment worth making because building a secure relationship with your child helps give them the best possible foundation for healthy physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. It’s a gift that keeps on giving through your whole child’s life.
How will Parenting support help my child?
Your therapist will give you a warm and non-judgmental space to work through the feelings and needs you have in regards parenting and its challenges. They will also work with you to help you understand the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of your child. We help provide you with skills to help you meet them effectively while also honoring your needs and personality as well. It is a tailor made approach that will help you build a trusting and lasting bond with your child.
Do you work with families that have experienced adoption?
Yes, we do! We are here to give you the support you need. We recognize that everyone has their own unique journey in the adoption journey. We will listen to your concerns and help you navigate the challenges you are experiencing. We understand there are many things to consider when you’ve adopted children that many just don’t understand. It is common to feel isolated and overwhelmed at times. You want you to know you don’t have to navigate it all by yourself. We are here to walk alongside you and provide emotional and practical support.
Parenting support: Does that make me a bad parent?
Absolutely not! Parenting and the demands on parents is rapidly evolving. Therefore there is nothing wrong with acquiring skills to better meet these demands. Seeking the help of a professional parenting support therapist is one of the most obvious traits of a responsible parent.
My child is a teenager or young adult. Is it too late to get help?
It is never too late to improve the relationship with your child and help give them the support that they need from you as their parent. We have experienced clinicians who not only have professional training in providing parenting counseling, but are also parents themselves. We know what it’s like to be a parent and are passionate about providing you the tools you need.
Our clinicians have experience working with children and teens who have had challenging behaviors and/or trauma and we can help you understand what they are experiencing so you are better able to support them. It is never too late to take steps toward helping your child develop a secure attachment which has many benefits including- being more socially constructive, more empathetic, having greater creativity, and persistence in meeting life’s challenges. It also strengthens their ability to create a strong social network and to build a stable and positive bond and relationship with a partner later in life.
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in” – Rachel Carson