The other day I ran into an old friend from my children’s elementary school days .The “kids” , who are all now in their late teens and twenties, were the main topic of conversation. Of course we both started out with our “success stories”. Details on the son or daughter who makes us look good, makes us feel like a “good parent.” We danced around our other children’s lives until I decided to take the plunge- I told the truth about my child’s struggle with where he was going in life. He wasn’t the “perfect kid” you brag about, and I admitted feeling very guilty about not having ALL the answers on how to help him.I could actually see the relief on her face, and I could see her entire body relax as she admitted her own “unconventional child’s” struggles.
Wow- the world didn’t end to admit the truth- we have a normal family, not a perfect family!! She told me how good it felt to talk to someone, and not feel judged. We parted ways, but her words stayed in my mind and on my heart.How many other parents out there feel alone and afraid to talk to friends and family due to fear of being judged or a belief that they will be burdening others with their challenges?
We want to protect our kid’s reputation (and maybe ours), and don’t know where it’s safe to be honest, and maybe get some support. It can truly be a Lonely Walk on the Road of Parenthood.Are you the parent of a high school, college, or young adult who is struggling? Some of these struggles may include academic problems, emotional issues, substance abuse, health issues, problems forming relationships, or becoming independent enough to leave the “nest”. Do you feel alone, with no one to talk to about your concerns? We know you are out there, and we want you to know we are here. We want to offer a safe place to share your thoughts and feelings as we walk together to develop solutions to best help yourself and your teen, or young adult. We are here as your companions on the “Lonely Walk”.
We are currently developing this parenting support group in our Orlando office and need to hear from you regarding your interest in participating. Help us spread the word by forwarding this blog to others. We plan a relaxed one-hour format in which we can openly discuss one topic each session. No long term commitments will be required, drop in as needed for $10. Group confidentiality will be key.
If this is of interest to you please contact your LONELY WALK companions Cindy Fabico, LMHC at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Walsh, LCI at email@example.com. Group meets every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30. Drop ins are welcome but please email us to let us know you plan to attend by 7pm on Sunday night. You can attend this group as it works for you, no need to commit.
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Life Skills Resource Group is Orlando’s Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and LIfe Coaching Professionals. This group will be held in our office in Dr. Phillips area, 6068 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Suite 11, Orlando, FL 32819.