Allison Ricciardi shares how you can help your kids cope and shield them from some of the fear and confusion that is out there.
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.
For the devout Catholic parent, often nothing is more challenging to one’s faith than having a child leave it when they become an adult.
Divorce. I have experienced it. I am a father of five – three boys with my first wife and two children with my current wife of over 20 years.
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.
“Her fireman died.” These were the poignant words of my toddler son, as he pointed to a woman in the grocery store. Of course, he was not aware of the weight of his statement.
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.