CREATIVE SKY PSYCHOLOGY
How Does Creative Sky Support Parents?
Creative Sky Psychology offers parent therapy sessions in Calgary, Alberta. Parent sessions are available in person or via Telehealth. Parent sessions at Creative Sky Psychology aim to guide parents and provide ideas for supporting their child's needs. Additionally parent sessions may involve information on "best parenting practices" using an approach that aligns with your families goals. Parents are welcome to book an initial parent meeting to create goals and discuss the challenges their child may be facing. Parents learn to recognize their child's unique needs and strengths and build their child's capacity for growth and wellness.
Creative Sky Psychology recognizes the important role parents play in supporting their children. We are trained in Positive Discipline, Floortime, Reference and Regulate, and can help carry over ideas into the home. Younger children often benefit from having parents be a part of sessions and parents are welcome to join for the beginning or end of sessions. Generally teens prefer to have their own space, though adjustments can be made depending on your child's needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Healthy Parenting?
Healthy parenting involves setting clear and consistent expectations for children and teens. Healthy parenting involves allowing children to problem solve, make mistakes, and learn from the consequences. Setting boundaries helps children learn self-regulation skills and long-term coping strategies. When parents are feeling emotionally healthy, they are better able to cope with parenting challenges and model problem solving and emotion regulation strategies.When we learn healthy parenting strategies, we can help build resilience and strength in our children.
Creative Sky Psychology works with parents at all stages of their child's development. This can involve discussions around various parenting practices, or how to support your child or teens needs. Often parents may be experiencing their own challenges that make parenting difficult. Parenting comes with unique challenges that aren’t always straight forward. Sometimes the best thing a parent can do for a child is the hardest thing and can seem counter intuitive. This may be taking a step back and creating a "holding space" for your child or teen. Learning your own tools and strategies to parent during emotionally challenging times is something parents can do to support their child. Children learn best when they are calm. If the moment is “hot” try taking a step back, and coming back to the issue later. Children benefit from different parenting strategies as they develop, however finding ways to build problem solving skills and develop resiliency from a young age will translate to confidence and willingness to try new things later.
How can I build upon my parenting skills?
This is a question I often hear in sessions with parents. First, you are already doing a great job! If you are here reading this, it means you care. When building upon parenting skills, it can be helpful to parent the child you have and recognize their unique needs, strengths, and challenges. It is also helpful to set boundaries that are consistent and give your child some autonomy within those boundaries. When parents feel they are personally struggling, professional help can vastly help the challenges that come with parenting and bring more quality time to your relationship with your child. Creative Sky values working with parents and families. A child is a part of a system and even a small change in the system can create lasting improvement and well-being.
Parents are People Too!
It can be helpful for parents to seek professional help if they are struggling in areas related to mental health, or feeling overwhelmed. When parents address their own mental health issues, they are better able to support their children. Parent sessions do not have to focus solely on parenting. Parenting, though challenging, can become easier as our own challenges begin to become more manageable. I help parents work through their individual challenges as well as parenting difficulties.
What are the 4 Common Parenting Styles?
The 4 common parenting styles are Authoritative, Permissive, Authoritarian, and Uninvolved. Understanding your style can help create healthy changes:
Authoritarian parents are defined as being strict with a heavy focus on following the rules. Children who are parented from an authoritarian style tend to be timid and do not take risks.
Permissive parents are warm, accepting, and try to avoid confrontation. They do not want their children to experience adversity. Children with permissive parents may have difficulties with regulating their emotions and controlling impulses.
Authoritative parents try to find a balance between setting boundaries and allowing their child to build independence and self-regulation skills. Children who are raised by authoritative parents tend to have better adaptive skills both as children and adults.
Uninvolved parents typically have little expectations of their child and offer little nurturing. Children tend to struggle with self-esteem issues when raised with this type of parenting style.
Authoritative parenting is beneficial for building resiliency and independence in our children, however can seem like a difficult feat for those who have a vastly different parenting style. Parenting authentically matters too. If your child is struggling, there may be areas for adjustment or balance, rather than feeling that you have to pivot 360 degrees. Creative Sky Psychology can help with movement in small steps!
Do you struggle with parenting or wonder if things could be better between you and your child? Parenting can be one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of our lives. Creative Sky Psychology provides parent therapy sessions based on creating resiliency and healthy boundaries, within a parent’s own values and goals. If want to find to book a parenting session, please book online or contact me for additional information. I am available for phone, video, or in-person sessions.