Parenting is one of the most stressful job in the world and of course, if we can help families with parenting counseling/training, then we can help reduce their stress level.
Parenting training like TripleP, is recognized by Medicare as a tool for focus psychological strategy (FPS), as it helps parents with mood disorders.
So, what’s the “formula” for parenting?
There are 2 main ingredients.
Like baking bread, if we have too much flour and not enough water, then we may have a problem. If we have too much water and not enough flour, then we may also have a problem. It’s a balancing act between connection and discipline. Too much connection and not enough boundaries, then there may be chaos. Too much discipline and not enough connection, and there may be a rebellion on our hands.
Start with connection is my usual approach, as it is “foundational”. Then build boundary setting and behavioral management on top of that.
This is a wonderful role for GPs I think, as what we teach, we will invariably learn to apply to our own life.