The way you parent changes once you have a teen or a tween. The relationship you once had with you child starts to change and shift and things get easier in some ways but more difficult in others. All of a sudden you have an adolescent who is easily embarrassed by you, has his own strong opinions that can be very different form your own and he really knows how to push your buttons. It’s a beautiful thing to watch your child turn into someone with his own goals, his own social life and a longing for independence, but with all of the changes happening for him there are also many changes that are going to happen for you. Many say that adolescence is harder for the parent than it is for the teen. This is how I can be supportive. Having a professional to talk to about your parenting struggles removes isolation, shame and guilt. It allows you to take care of yourself that will also benefit your teen or tween and the relationship that you have with them. It also gives you the perspective of an expert instead of a friend who may have their own parenting style that may not align with yours.