Try as we might, we cannot force our children to reach their full potential. Theirs is the life that they alone must live. The role of the parent is to prepare the most fertile soil and appropriately water the seedling so it can most fully blossom.
- Gabriel Cousens, MD, Conscious Parenting: The Holistic Guide to Raising and Nourishing Healthy, Happy Children
Is your child struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, or sleep issues? Are you feeling overwhelmed with not knowing what else you can do to help? Do you need support in understanding the patterns and difficulties that have developed in your relationship with your child? Would you benefit from exploring your approach to parenting, so you can decipher what works and what doesn't work? Do you need to feel heard and validated for the choices you are making?
Being a parent can be both rewarding and extremely challenging. Sometimes the overwhelm of finding balance in taking care of your child(ren) and living a full life can result in anxiety and frustration. Parents find themselves not being as present to their children's needs as they would like to be. They become angry with themselves and at their children, which causes more anxiety and frustration. Sometimes children's behavioral and emotional difficulties escalate resulting in difficult dynamics that feel awful for everyone involved.
What would it look like if you could embrace where you are with the journey of parenting? What if you could find new ways to cultivate joy and satisfaction in your relationship with your child? What would it be like if you were able to approach parenting as an opportunity for personal growth and transformation?
Conscious parenting means mindful awareness of the way we interact with our children. It means making choices with an understanding of where our perspectives evolved from. If there is generational trauma, our parenting approaches are impacted by what we carry. Without bringing awareness to these issues, we blindly follow in the footsteps of our own parents, or reject their parenting ways with potential results that are just as detrimental. Being conscious means knowing why we do what we do and acting out of clarity and intention. It means being at choice about the kind of parent we want to be.
With over 10 years of experience, Sylvia Hartowicz has provided parenting support and counseling at both her job in Foster Care Prevention in NYC and as a Child and Family Therapist in Portland. Areas of expertise include:
-Providing counseling to parents of children with special needs
-Navigating difficult familial crisis and transitions
-Using art therapy as an intervention with children and families
-Working within systems as a child and parent advocate
Sylvia has also provided childcare thoughout her career and continues to spend time supporting children and their families on a regular basis. She is trained in Positive Parenting techniques, the Love and Logic Curriculum for Parenting, and therapeutic interventions that support parents in raising children that are conscious, confident, and caring. Her goal is to empower parents to trust themselves and implement consistent positive parenting skills that allow their relationship with their children to flourish and bring them joy and satisfaction.
Email or call 971-255-3411 for a free consultation.