Raising a child has the potential to be a joyous experience, an opportunity for growth, not just for the child but for yourself as well. Yet, it can also be stressful, overwhelming, and frustrating, especially as you begin to face unique behavioral and discipline challenges with your child. If your child has additional emotional, physical or mental challenges, the sense of chaos and anxiety you may experience will most likely be greatly multiplied.
If your child is adopted that journey has the ability to be even more intense. Children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected often struggle throughout their lives from the emotional and physical trauma they experienced early in life. As a result, adjustments post adoption, have often become unbearable for the adoptive parent as well as the adopted child.
If you are here looking for help, you have most likely already reached some point of despair. Do any of the following sound familiar to you?
- You are overwhelmed, confused, discouraged or even hopeless.
- You feel like a failure.
- You feel daily life is very different from other parents around you.
- You no longer enjoy parenting.
- Parenting conflicts are causing issues in your marriage or other relationships in your life.
- You have started to isolate yourselves from family and friends.
- You believe you are walking a lonely path.
- You are unable to fully enjoy your life because of anxiety, frustration, anger, or sadness.
As a parent, the path you have chosen to walk with your child is lifelong. At times you may feel as if you are lost deep in the woods, unable to see the forest from the trees. It can feel dark and lonely. Perhaps you are at the point when you know you need to find support if you are to stay on the path with your child.
There is support and you are not alone. Others have traveled this path before, they know your story. Returning to Love offers you the opportunity to receive the guidance you are searching for. The ability to see the path more clearly will require effort. It will require change from you as you work to gain a new understanding of your children. Implementing that change will require dedication, focus, attention, awareness and self-reflection from you. In addition, connection with others who are walking paths similar to your own is essential. Connection with others who understand where you are at will provide an opportunity for you to receive the needed compassion, encouragement, support and understanding as you return back to love.