Monday, February 12, 2018

Counseling as a parent

Our lives have changed, and all for the better. A little boy was welcomed into the world recently and our hearts just about exploded. After many prayers and hopes, we were granted a healthy, beautiful son and have been falling more in love with him every minute since his arrival. 

I chose this profession largely because of my passion for children and schools. While my empathy has grown with each passing school year, nothing has changed my empathy level and heart more than this little boy. 

Parenthood was the best thing that could have ever happened to my counseling skills and career (+life!). Prior to this little person being born, I had empathy for parents and students who were going through difficult seasons. I tried to see it through their eyes and help when and where I could. 

Now, when I have parents and/or students share their struggles, I can see myself in these parents. They are hurting because their child is hurting. While my son is too young to have struggles in school, he will. He is going to stuggle and he will need help at something, somewhere. I am going to need help. They say it takes a village, and I know I will be reaching out to my village for help. 

Seeing parents hurting makes me think of how I will feel. I see that life dealt them cards they might not know what to do with, and they are looking for help. How amazing that we get the opportunity to help those families and do our job each and every day so that those parents who came in worried or confused, can walk out feeling even a little better, knowing that someone else is in their village with them. 

I still have a ton of learning and growing to do, but this little boy of mine is helping me to be the best I can be for me, for our family, and for students and their familes. 

Learning more from a baby than I ever knew possible, 

Your Floridian Chick