Specializing in Child, Adolescent, Family, and Couples Therapy
Parents often find that they don’t know things that could have benefited their child until it is too late…or wish that children came with care manuals.
The goal of Parenting for Success is to facilitate the developmental process with the only child a couple may have or to parent differently the multiple children, with different strengths and weaknesses, a couple may have.
Sometimes the transition between being a couple and a young family can be a challenge. I offer individualized parenting sessions so that both parents can come to an agreement as to expectations for their child, and learn how to parent collaboratively. This reduces stress on the couple and adds to marital harmony.
When you are parenting a gifted or talented child, your role as a parent includes advocacy for him/her in the school setting. Sometimes parenting such a child can also be a challenge at home. This can be overwhelming and parents can feel unprepared. Parents can learn about the unique social and emotional issues that these children often face, including perfectionism, competitiveness, thinking that their ideas are just as good as their parents’, and the desire to be treated as an adult.
When you have your first child preparing for college, parents don’t always know how to help in the process. It is not until after the fact that parents realize that important curricular decisions made in middle school affect high school options. The number of honors and advanced placement courses a child takes affects their stress level and needs to be balanced with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. In addition, depending on the type of college (state university, private college, Ivy League college, or community college) a child aspires to attend, different courses might be beneficial. Students and parents often feel overwhelmed with the college application and scholarship application processes and seek advice from those with more experience.
Is excessive competitiveness—common in suburbs—adversely affecting your child? Dr. Breaux can provide your child with strategies to inoculate them from negative, unsolicited opinions from peers.
Information to Get You Started Parenting For Success:
For information on the challenges faced by middle school students, use this resource from the American Psychological Association (APA):