Are you constantly struggling to make your children respect the rules of the house? Is your family fighting all the time? Managing child behavior through structure and discipline can be more difficult for some parents than others. This is because some of us do not wish to raise our own children the way we ourselves were raised. If we grew up with harsh discipline or in circumstances that were overly structured, chaotic, or in any way oppressive, we often make a decision to raise our children differently. However, when this happens, we don’t have a positive role model to follow. In these situations, parents can feel lost in how to create peace and harmony in the family. Family therapy for children whose behavior has become difficult to manage can be helpful.
How do we provide structure and positive discipline for our children?
All children and families are unique and there is no cookie-cutter approach to creating discipline and boundaries. Some children have what we consider easy temperaments while others can be particularly difficult to manage.
Research shows that therapy for parents who struggle with managing extremely difficult child behavior (such as in the case with Oppositional Defiance Disorder) is effective in helping parents strategize and develop positive discipline and management strategies. Parental management training, functional family therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy show time and tested effectiveness. Further, these therapeutic approaches have been shown to be more effective than using medication to manage child behavior.
Similarly, parents of children with ADHD can also have more difficulties managing behavior and creating a healthy structure and routine, but things can be improved. Research demonstrates that therapeutic intervention is highly appropriate and helpful for increasing parental effectiveness when it comes to managing ADHD behavior symptoms.
Therapy benefits the whole family
Family therapy is highly beneficial for the whole family. A therapist can assess what is happening with the child as well as the family unit. Assessment, support, and treatment will help to support the family so they can create a well-functioning and supportive environment.
Our family is supposed to be our safe haven and place of unconditional support and love. Some families, especially those in which the parents have had a lack of positive role models sometimes need extra help to get on track.
The main goal of family therapy is to bring better function, support, and protection to parent-child and spousal relationships. We always want to do better for those we love. We want our lives to be peaceful and for our children to thrive and be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Family therapy can help you meet these goals.
If you would like to learn more, you are welcome to call and book your appointment or fill out our contact form and click Send. Center for Therapeutic Services and Psychodiagnosis is located in McHenry, IL and Lake in the Hills, IL.