Is your child hurting?
Has your child’s behavior, attitude, or personality changed?
Does it seem like your child has withdrawn or is isolating him or herself from the family?
As a parent, one of the most devastating and frustrating things is the awareness that your child is hurting, or struggling, and not knowing how to help them.
Sometimes, due to a major life event, it is obvious what is bothering the child. These possibilities include:
- Parents separating/ divorcing
- Parent(s) remarrying
- Loss of a loved one (including pet)
- Parent’s loss of a job &/or home
- Medical diagnosis
- Witnessing/experiencing trauma
Sometimes, we know something is wrong, but we can’t figure out what it is. The root of the issue is hidden, but the symptoms are not. Some of these symptoms include:
- Behavioral Issues
- Changes to Appetite
- Drop in grades
- Low Self-Esteem
- Sleep issues
Despite a parent’s best efforts to talk to their child and discover what is wrong, sometimes they just won’t tell what is bothering them. This can leave a parent feeling frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, and even helpless. You don’t know whether what you are doing is helping or hindering.
Whether your child is crying out, “You know what’s wrong but you’re not doing anything about it!” or silently showing you, “I need help,” the Center for Family & Crisis Counseling is here to assist you in discovering the issues your child is facing, the causes of those issues, find ways to resolve them, and unite the family in finding hope, help, and healing.