Transition: Passing from one stage of development
For many people September is a
transitional month when we might experience unexpected emotions.
Some types of life ransitions we deal with Networks are:
1. Children enter in school for
the first time and others leave home for college or a new career.
After years of parental supervision, other people will now influence
our children. Parents can feel lonely and reluctant to let go.
2. The loss of a job. The resulting
financial instability is devastating and often brings up feelings
of anger, fear and anxiety.
3. Separation, divorce, prolonged illness or death in the family.
Children often struggle to find their place while living with a
new blended family or a single parent. Feelings of grief, sadness,
loneliness and confusion are common.
4. As children move away from home, parents begin to focus on their
own retirement sometimes. Suddenly their own parents and in laws
need care. We now become guardians of their parents. This stage
can be difficult as it brings up past feelings of joy or grief
from our childhood.
Whatever transitions we experience, we need to find healthy outlets.
Some people find it through talking to a friend, keeping a journal
or even through exercising. Sometimes it helps to express emotions
rather than keeping them to ourselves.
If you need additional support to sort through your feelings, professional help
is always available.
Living with Teenagers
Parents often feel that their loving and agreeable child has undergone
a transformation during the early teenage years. Shifting hormones,
increased self-consciousness and other pressures can result in moodiness,
irritability, and at times poor judgement. These are trying times
for parents. Keeping perspective and a sense of humor are difficult
but vital for raising teenagers. While setting limits on unacceptable
behavior, parents should let their teenage children know that they
care and are willing to listen. If more support/help is needed for
you, your teenager or your family, call us at Networks.