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Parenting

By February 24, 2017November 13th, 2018Child Therapy, Dr. Samantha Winton

Issues with parenting usually come up when parents are faced with a child that exhibits behavioral difficulties.

Sometimes parents find that what worked for one child, doesn’t seem to work for the other! Parents often tell me that they feel at a loss and are not sure how to best parent their child.

One way to think of a child with behavioral problems is to think of my dishwashing machine. My dishwasher works great, once you are able to get it running. But, in order to get my dishwasher running, I have to leave the soap cap open, close the door ever so gently, and press the start button twice. If I simply tried to close the door and press start, the dishwasher would not work, leaving others to think that there was something wrong or faulty with my machine. When really, my dishwasher just needs an alternate start method to function well.

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Interesting analogy, but what does this have to do with my child?

This can be really similar to parenting a behavioral child. It is true, what worked for one child doesn’t always work for the other. That does not mean that your child is bad or broken. Instead, he or she may just need an alternate “operating manual,” in order to be successful.

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We can help provide you, the parent, with different tools to help your child be successful in their everyday life. If you think you might be interested in learning different parenting strategies to better manage your child’s behavior, please call us for a free consultation.

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Dr. Winton is the owner and clinical director at Integrated Care Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist that specializes in eating disorders, body dysmorphia, food anxiety, body image, intuitive eating, and perfectionism.

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