How to be a “good enough” parent

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By Psychologist, Christine Flavel

Parent guilt and regret is a real thing. In a time where social media shows us everyone’s highlights, it can be a trap comparing lunch boxes, children’s fashion and our kids’ compliance with another family.

When our children are struggling with their big emotions, life’s challenges, and understanding the world around them, it can be even harder to believe that we’re being a good enough parent. Is what we’re doing enough? Is what we’re doing the right thing for them? Our expectations of ourselves as a parent are often not met. The good news is- you’re doing OK. ‘Good enough’ parenting is ‘great parenting’!

This video is targeted at new parents, however the principles are very much transferable to parenting at all ages. We will never be perfect, but we CAN be ‘good enough’!

About the video: 

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) supports mental health of parents and families during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. PANDA’s national helpline provides access to counselling and information to assist with anxiety and depression for parents.

1300 726 306 (Monday to Friday, 9am-7.30pm)

Christine is a registered psychologist undertaking endorsement in Educational & Developmental psychology.  Christine has worked with a range of ages (children, youth and adults) in helping them understand mental health concerns including anxiety and depression, support with coping through stress and change, and setting and achieving goals. Christine also conducts psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments primarily for learning difficulties, autism and ADHD.

Using a strengths based approach and working with clients to find what works for them, Christine will often utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to explore and achieve client goals. Outside the clinic, Christine enjoys spending time with her puppy and eating cruffins (croissant muffins).

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