Parenting and caregiving both involve significant time and energy helping someone you care about. Whether through childcare, caring for aging parents or other family members, or looking after someone after an injury or illness, this is a ubiquitous part of life. Caring for someone you love can take an enormous toll on your energy levels and can prevent you from practicing proper self-care. It’s important to make some time for yourself so that you can recharge and be at your best for your loved ones.
During these years of parenting and caregiving, you may encounter difficulties with parenting methods, disagreements with your parents or other family members, pushback and the fight for independence, or burnout. The family, however, can work together to resolve these difficulties, which may be brought on by communication issues, childhood or teen concerns, divorce, family illness, major life transitions, and more.
A psychologist can meet with the entire family to help resolve issues and teach skills for the family’s specific situation.