Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs out there – and it just got even harder.
In a matter of days, you became your children’s homeschool teacher, parent, and therapist all wrapped into one. Mornings are now spent getting your kids logged into Google classroom and helping them do their homework. In the afternoon, you’re talking your child down from their fear about what they’re seeing on the news. In the evening, you’re putting your “mom” or “dad” hat back on as you make them dinner and get them ready for bed.
Meanwhile, you and your significant other are feeling stretched thin. You continue to work full-time and are trying to keep up with emails and phone calls. You may have just laid off a members on your team and are coping with your own intense feelings of stress and sadness. Patience is already running thin in your household, and it feels like any shred of peace and relaxation you had before COVID-19 is gone.
Life is really stressful right now – but you don’t have to do this alone.
In addition to child and family therapy, another part of my practice is working individually with parents seeking support in managing the stress of parenting. If your child already has a therapist, it can be helpful for parents to seek their own space to talk things through and receive coaching about different parenting strategies. I am happy to collaborate with other providers or therapists you work with.
You are here because you are seeking renew your sense of hope as you gain tools to help you feel calm and in control on the inside, even when we cannot control certain things on the outside. In our work together, I will support you in managing your own anxiety so that you can conquer the unique challenges that your family is facing today.
How I can help:
- How to establish a routine for yourself and your family that will help you adjust to a “new normal”
- Ways to remain calm in the face of stressful news reports
- Strategies for coping with feelings of panic or unrelenting worry thoughts
- Self-care habits to maintain optimal mental and physical health while homebound
The best way that you can support your children is by remaining calm and implementing strategies to take care of your own mental health. Through breathing exercises; mindfulness practices; and other coping skills, you can find a reservoir of calm within you as you navigate these uncertain times.
We can talk about ways to improve communication between you and your spouse and mindfulness strategies for the family to remain calm as a unit. We can also work on ways to help your family bond with one another; find moments of laughter; set boundaries so that everyone has the personl space and alone-time they need; and implement structure and routine.
Guided Meditation + Grounding
A regular meditation practice improves mood, reduces anxiety, and increases patience. Get comfortable with a blanket and cup of tea as I guide you and your family through a meditation to cultivate peace, hope, and joy. Sessions include coaching for meditative practices, including: breathwork, essential oils, warm beverages, music, and movement. 30 minutes.
Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved, and where can love.
Marvin J. Ashton