Parenting can be a challenge in this media driven, fast paced world. While the first 5 years of life are foundationally important in brain development, the latest medical research shows that adolescent brain development is important for motivation, judgement and emotions. Teens tend to pull away during adolecence but it is essential that parents encourage their teens to problem solve, while guiding their teens to make responsible choices within limitations to produce emotionally healthy, responsible young adults. Whether you need help parenting a young child or teen or guiding a college student, Patrician is committed to bringing the joy back into parenting using Research based Parenting Methods listed on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices in addition to the knowledge of the latest research on child and adolescent brain development. Patrician can guide you in building the parent child relationship, building character, teaching respect and self respect, replacing power struggles with cooperation, encouraging your children to take personal responsibility, and in training in intrinsic motivation.
Divorce and Remarriage presents unique parenting challenges. Patrician can help you work through blended family issues using research based methods. A common myth is that divorce ends the intense love / hate relationship, however current studies show that couples often fight at the same high pitch intensity 10 years after the divorce. Divorced couples' enduring anger stems from continued feelings of hurt and humiliation fueled by new complaints and jealousies over new partners. To minimize the emotional impact of divorce on children, divorced couples must learn to get along as this is the number 1 factor in children's emotional well being through divorce, and in addition to being able to eventually accept a new partner after the child has psychologically adjusted to divorce.