I have many fond memories of my teen years. But as much as I don’t enjoy getting older, I wouldn’t want to go back to those years for anything. Or, let me rephrase that…I wouldn’t want to go back to who I was in those years. In plain English, I was pathetic…as were most of my friends.
Being a parent is by far the most important job any of us can have. We are not only responsible for the formation of another person, but in forming that person we have a share in shaping the larger world in which we live.
As a gardener, I have received pleasure from planting many vegetables and found the satisfaction in enjoying the literal fruits of my labor.
As parents, with many responsibilities and often many heavy challenges, we often forget that our children can have a lot weighing on their hearts, too.
You suspect that an adolescent has self-inflicted cutting injuries and you are naturally alarmed. This behavior is known as self-mutilation and the most common form is cutting.
There is a joke about parenting that goes like this: “You spend the first two years teaching your children how to walk and talk, and the next sixteen telling them to sit down and be quiet.”
This is a common lament of frustrated parents who drag their child to see a therapist. The parents are seeking the help of a counselor typically because they are at their wit’s end.
In my work as a therapist, I see many men for a variety of reasons, but one comes up most frequently – parenting problems.
Contemporary society is in a constant state of discontent.