Sue works with parents to help them understand the developmental, emotional and cognitive complexity of their child’s life. She teaches them effective parenting skills that increase communication while minimizing conflict within the family. Whether understanding a child’s temperament, setting appropriate ground rules and boundaries, differentiating the needs between a child and his/her siblings, or achieving a more harmonious family life, Sue’s goal is to help parents raise happy, healthy, resilient kids.
Many parents experience stress about parenting: Am I being a good parent, am I doing the “right thing”? Helping parents understand their motives and behaviors and how they impact their children is part of the work of parent guidance. Equally important is for parents to honestly access the strengths and weaknesses of their kids and not get sidetracked by comparing them to others.
Parents meet in a supporting setting to share and discuss their experiences and develop effective strategies for raising healthy children.
Parenting Group Goals:
Learn how to best model appropriate behavior
Understand your child’s actions
Handle age appropriate issues/topics such as: cliques, allowance, computer/electronic games use, internet, playdates, bedtime, homework, independence, parties, alcohol, sex and dating, curfew
Understand how your own upbringing affects your parenting style
Navigate the complex lives of adolescents: scheduling constraints, social obligations, school responsibilities and family time
Acquire the necessary tools and skills to more effectively manage your chlld's behavior
Develop your own parenting repertoire
Adapt parenting techniques to meet the differing needs of your children
Consultations with Schools
When indicated and with the consent of parents, Sue consults with schools so that a child’s social, emotional and academic experience can be assessed and a plan put into action.