There’s a ton of pressure on parents and caregivers to meet every need. Sometimes shame around not being able to do so prevents families from reaching out for the support they need.
But here’s the thing- parents aren’t meant to meet every need. You can’t soften every blow or soothe every disappointment- but you can listen and validate.
Kids with caregivers who give them permission to feel big feelings and support in managing those feelings are kids with tools to able to become adults who can regulate emotions and find resiliency in the face of crisis.
If you feel overwhelmed by your child’s big feelings or find yourself battling shame in your parenting, checking in and getting a little support from a therapist can make a huge difference.