When you're a parent, most of your energy goes towards your kids. You worry so much about their physical and emotional well-being that you can easily forget to take care of your own. It can leave you feeling unhappy and worn down, and that may make you feel like you aren't doing a good job as a mom or dad. Luckily, there's always help available and there are many ways therapy can make you a better parent, so it's well worth considering.
People often have preconceived notions about therapy, and make judgments about who needs it and why. But in reality, anyone can go to therapy and anyone can benefit from it. You may turn to therapy to work through a problem in your life or with your family, or you may see it as a way to maintain your emotional health through good times and bad. Whatever the case may be, it can make you a happier and healthier parent— and that can translate to a happier and healthier child.
To find out more about the benefits therapy can have on parenting, I spoke to licensed master social worker and therapist Carrie Eckstein. Here are just some of the way seeing a therapist can help you become a better mom or dad.