Life & Style Weekend - - WELCOME - WORDS: Joanne Wil­son

Have words to the ef­fect of “I never signed up for this!” ever leaked out of your mouth? Maybe it was whilst des­per­ately wran­gling a fierce look­ing child as you wrenched them away from their scream­ing sib­ling? Was is it in the form of a frus­trated sigh whilst on all fours try­ing to wipe up the af­ter­math of an up­turned bowl of cooked rice stuck to the fur­ni­ture? Maybe you’d con­tem­plated this dur­ing the dark hours nurs­ing a fever­ish baby as you cal­cu­late the pre­cious hours of sleep that you might not get back in bed wracked by worry? Could it have been whilst swill­ing a few drinks to calm those nerves as you waited up for the newly grad­u­ated driver to re­turn home safely?

For all the projects we un­der­take in life, there’s one task we just can’t af­ford to get wrong, par­ent­ing!

Run into the ma­jor­ity of par­ents and they’ll usu­ally men­tion how “busy” they are. Most of us want to pro­vide a life that was just as good as or bet­ter than what we had.

Many mums and dads are fever­ishly seek­ing to keep up with the wealth of the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that ex­poses our chil­dren to a va­ri­ety of pre-school or af­ter school sports and arts in the hope they’ll be the best they can be. In the mean­time, we can ne­glect what’s ac­tu­ally im­por­tant, the re­la­tion­ship we have with them and the ex­am­ple we set.

I love the im­pact of the amaz­ing peo­ple I work in coun­selling on their fu­ture gen­er­a­tions with their newly ac­quired con­flict res­o­lu­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills among other things. Yes! It’s an ex­cit­ing rip­ple ef­fect when we can men­tor gen­er­a­tions that pro­mote dy­namic and flour­ish­ing re­la­tion­ships and fam­i­lies. It’s life-chang­ing and cer­tainly rocks my world.

Wel­come to my par­ent­ing se­ries of which I look for­ward to dis­cussing the count­less chal­lenges, de­mand­ing and con­fus­ing facets of this tricky role. May I qual­ify that I am a par­ent and by no means per­fect. I haven’t done this in a pre­vi­ous life that I’m aware of ei­ther!

Email [email protected]­con­fi­dan­te­coun­ with your par­ent­ing chal­lenges you’d love ad­dressed as I’m con­fi­dent you’re not alone. I’m truly ex­cited to sup­port and im­pact Sun­shine Coast fam­i­lies and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions so watch this space.

Joanne is a neuro-psy­chother­a­pist and re­la­tion­ship spe­cial­ist at The Con­fi­dante Coun­selling. Email [email protected]­con­fi­dan­te­coun­ or visit www.the­con­fi­dan­te­coun­

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