Imagine that you’re the mother of a tantruming 2 year old, struggling every step of the way as you walk through the mall. Or imagine that you’re the father of a 13 year old who seemed to be doing fine until a week ago when suddenly she began refusing to talk to you and won’t come out of h teen whose grades are suddenly slipping and who seems to have traded his former friends for a group you are worried about.
Imagine that as easily as you could schedule a haircut, you could stop by an accessible place in the mall or somewhere on your beaten path – to receive 50 minutes worth of help with your concern about your child whatever it might be.
Imagine that this place is warm and inviting, a place where everyone goes – looking more like a Starbucks than a clinic. It’s not a social service agency. Everything about it is upbeat and welcoming. Here the guidance you receive is based on the best of what is known about healthy brain development. You can meet privately with a coach – who listens to what you want to talk about, facilitates your definition of the goals you want to address and tailors the approach to your particular child and your specific family.
There is no stigma. This is not about failure or weakness as a parent but is about getting the best for your child—and yourself. The focus here is not on what’s wrong with children or parents, but what’s right – identifying the strengths in individuals and in family systems that can be used to address the problems or issues that have been identified by parents. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, sessions are one-on-one with individual families so that plans can be tailored to specific children in specific families with specific needs and temperaments.
There is a very upbeat association with being here. Everyone knows that this is a place where people come from all over the community – people who want the best for their child: parents, grandparents, professionals in the field. The message is: “We who have children ALL face challenges as children develop. It’s normal. It goes with the territory. What makes a difference is applying the best of what we know at the earliest possible time.
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