Raising children is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have. Yet, it is a tremendously challenging and difficult responsibility. Being a parent is frustrating, even for the most equipped and mature adults. When you have a child who is especially difficult, the job can be overwhelming.
Even "normal" children present adults with occasional moodiness, tantrums, defiance, or lack of cooperation. Many parents approach me wanting to know if their children’s behavior is normal and whether something can be done to improve it.
There is overlap between what is normal and what is excessive. If you are not sure, it’s best to consult a professional to help you sort it out. Even the most confident and adept parents need occasional validation, information, and course-correction.
If you have a challenging child or family dilemma, you’ve probably read books, listened to advice, and perhaps even taken a class in parenting. Helpful tips, however, are often not enough to repair the situation. Trying to fix your child by reading books or taking classes can be more frustrating than trying to repair your computer or appliance by reading the manual. And, children don’t come with manuals!