The biggest lesson I have learned is that during challenging episodes, kids are not giving us a hard time. They are having a hard time. We are the helpers. Leading with empathy these days.
What lessons are you teaching your kids today?
When we allow ourselves to be triggered by our kids, an opportunity for growth and healing can emerge. Challenging children point us in the direction of our most needed lessons. I know it does not feel like it, but this opportunity is actually a gift.
Parents and families were already struggling with the stress of life and challenging behaviors. Those worries have now kicked into overdrive.
This is time for parents to give themselves tons of grace and each other the benefit of the doubt.
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Just doing our best, and that is good enough. Self-compassion is key right now. Please be kind to yourself, parents.
Please reach out if things are getting challenging at home with your children. I offer secure, online sessions for parents and families.
Looking behind, beyond and before challenging behaviors to lagging skills and unsolved problems.
Letting families and parents know that I have adapted my In-Home Family Therapy practice to accommodate secure, online family sessions and parent meetings. You do not have to handle your children's' challenging episodes alone.
- Ann GS. Abigail McCarrel is a skilled, empathetic, and astute therapist. Her range and experience in helping children and families is vast. Abby works to heal the underline trauma so that people can move forward in their lives in a positive way. I would highly recommend this therapist.