Raising kids is the most triggering work that we will ever do. Nothing will bring out the bumps and bruises of our own childhoods; nothing will so expose us to our own hopes, fears and frustrations; and nothing will force us to confront our demons like becoming a parent.
- If you had parents who were overbearing, you might worry about being overbearing or about swinging too far in the opposite direction to being neglectful.
- If you had parents who were neglectful, you might worry about fostering independence without making your kids feel abandoned.
- If you had parents who were explosive or depressed or anxious, you might worry about appropriately managing your own feelings of anger, sadness and anxiety.
My professional credentials: I am a trained clinical mental health counselor. I have a post-graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health through Arcadia University and have completed the Postpartum Support International/2020 Mom Professional Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training. I have additional expertise in play therapy, trauma, mediation, infertility and adoption issues.
My personal credentials: I have two kids — one grown, one nearly — and my work has been informed by my own challenges, grief, growth and joy as a parent and a daughter committed to doing things differently.