Parenting can be a joyous and rewarding experience and it can also be one of the most difficult endeavours we ever undertake. Raising a child is, of course, not just about tending to physical needs and keeping them safe, it’s about developing the child’s social and emotional skills.
From the moment a pregnancy or adoption is announced new parents can be bombarded with conflicting information on how to best raise a child. This can be incredibly overwhelming and lead to a great deal of stress and confusion throughout the child’s development.
Challenges can also arise when parents disagree on parenting methods and, for some, a child’s behavioral difficulties can take a big toll on the parents’ mental health. This can be compounded further by other stressors such as a lack of sleep and financial troubles.
It’s important to note that there is no single agreed upon way to parent. Finding parenting challenging says nothing about your skills as a human being or a caregiver. Seeking support and advice demonstrates wanting to be the best parent you can be and should be seen as a strength.