All parents have questions about raising their children, and they need timely answers and support from someone they trust. One way to describe this is simply to acknowledge, “Parenting is part natural and part learned.”
Parents may feel more comfortable voicing concerns and exploring solutions when providers:
- Focus on the parents’ own hopes and goals for their children.
- Help parents identify and build on their strengths in parenting.
- Model nurturing behavior by acknowledging frustrations and recognizing the parent’s efforts.