Parenting Skills

  • Is you child out of control?

  • Are you afraid for your child?

  • Does your child have failing grades?

  • Is your child aggressive and angry all the time?

Parenting is perhaps our most difficult job, and the most important responsibility we may ever have in our lives. Unfortunately, we receive little or no formal training in parenting, unless a crisis emerges. Often parents either do what their parents did to them, or attempt the exact opposite. No one provides us with clear guidelines about the right way to parent. Cartersville Counseling & Therapy employs a model of parental training that focuses on finding the balance between leniency and strictness, while encouraging children to make adaptive decisions in the context of maintaining appropriate parental authority.

Parenting skills can help you manage your child's behavior effectively.

Parenting skills training addresses parenting styles, the effects of discipline, and how children respond to various people and life events, such as divorce, stepparents, abuse, sibling conflict, poor academic success, bullying, or parental substance abuse. It provides a basis for teaching parents how to manage their children's behavior effectively, and how to intervene with specific child and adolescent problems. Parental skills training can help parents understand what children need from adults to foster their emotional and intellectual development.

Parenting skills training provides parenting skills training either within the framework of family counseling, or as part of individual counseling, to help parents manage specific behavioral problems or situations. Parenting skills training can also focus on general parent-child interactions. Often, the goal is to help parents avoid ineffective parenting responses, by learning effective ways of managing their children's behavior. Parents can also be taught strategies for managing children with special needs, such as ADHD children, children adjusting to divorce, and children diagnosed with specific psychological or behavioral problems.

But, you still may have questions or concerns...

When should I seek parenting skills training?

Parenting skills training is not just for parents who feel their family is in crisis or their child or children are acting out in extreme ways. Parents are invited to seek insights into ways to effectively develop a mutual consensus about how to shape their child’s behaviors.

How much time and what kind of a commitment will this training take?

There is no simple answer. Depending on the reasons that you are seeking parental skills training will determine the amount of time that training will be necessary. Progress also depends on how much effort is put into the skills training by each parent. The goal is to help you to develop the right skills that allow you and your child to move forward in a healthy and productive relationship.