Parenting Therapists in Chicago, IL

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Riley Brennan
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern
Verified
Chicago, IL 60602
My main priority is to create a strong, safe relationship for you to share and grow. I approach therapy as a collaborative process where you are the expert on your life. I work with families, relationships and individuals with a particular interest in working with teens and parents with children of any age. I am especially interested in addressing teen mood instability, parenting, relationship issues, harm to self or others and gender dynamics.
My main priority is to create a strong, safe relationship for you to share and grow. I approach therapy as a collaborative process where you are the expert on your life. I work with families, relationships and individuals with a particular interest in working with teens and parents with children of any age. I am especially interested in addressing teen mood instability, parenting, relationship issues, harm to self or others and gender dynamics.
(312) 313-7698 x1 View (312) 313-7698 x1
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Christine Wulbecker
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PMH-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60647
Are you overwhelmed in your role as a parent, birth worker, pregnant person, or just as a member of society in general? Do you feel stressed trying to juggle your many responsibilities, caring for others and often leaving yourself last? Perhaps you are easily overstimulated, which feels like it's getting in the way of your relationships and work. You want to feel confident, but each day is a struggle, leading to shame and guilt. Perfectionism, worries, and sadness have taken over your life, making it hard to function without falling into "all or nothing" thinking.
Are you overwhelmed in your role as a parent, birth worker, pregnant person, or just as a member of society in general? Do you feel stressed trying to juggle your many responsibilities, caring for others and often leaving yourself last? Perhaps you are easily overstimulated, which feels like it's getting in the way of your relationships and work. You want to feel confident, but each day is a struggle, leading to shame and guilt. Perfectionism, worries, and sadness have taken over your life, making it hard to function without falling into "all or nothing" thinking.
(312) 818-2843 View (312) 818-2843
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Nicole Meyer Klarich, LCPC & Associates
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60618  (Online Only)
Most of us could benefit from more connection, better communication and practical day-to-day strategies for our relationships, family and work. Working through transitions in life and want a better playbook? Need parenting advice to create a harmonious home? You simply want or need someone to talk with to sort out life's challenges. You want someone in your corner to be your biggest cheerleader and fiercest challenger. That's where we come in. Warm and Competent. Practical. Relevant. Creative. Challenging and Gentle. Humorous and Kind. We'll work together with intention to get over your hurdles and make an impact that matters.
Most of us could benefit from more connection, better communication and practical day-to-day strategies for our relationships, family and work. Working through transitions in life and want a better playbook? Need parenting advice to create a harmonious home? You simply want or need someone to talk with to sort out life's challenges. You want someone in your corner to be your biggest cheerleader and fiercest challenger. That's where we come in. Warm and Competent. Practical. Relevant. Creative. Challenging and Gentle. Humorous and Kind. We'll work together with intention to get over your hurdles and make an impact that matters.
(773) 717-2979 View (773) 717-2979
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Yael Hess
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
I am an LCSW focusing on anxiety, attachment, trauma, depression and OCD. I work with kids and youth to navigate the difficult emotions and pressures that come with growing up and to build positive coping skills. I work with parents on developing parenting skills, reducing personal stress and building positive relationships in the home. I work with adults to handle challenging life transitions and explore relationships and family dynamics. My approach is to understand your current challenges and pain. By utilizing a strengths-based approach, each client feels confident to overcome their hardships and reach their full potential.
I am an LCSW focusing on anxiety, attachment, trauma, depression and OCD. I work with kids and youth to navigate the difficult emotions and pressures that come with growing up and to build positive coping skills. I work with parents on developing parenting skills, reducing personal stress and building positive relationships in the home. I work with adults to handle challenging life transitions and explore relationships and family dynamics. My approach is to understand your current challenges and pain. By utilizing a strengths-based approach, each client feels confident to overcome their hardships and reach their full potential.
(773) 492-8479 x3 View (773) 492-8479 x3
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Dr. Evette Addai
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60622
Accepting new clients! Is your teen struggling with instructions, overthinking, staying in their room, and getting angry over small things? Or is your child having more tantrums? Or is it hard for your child/teen to cope with a recent life change or medical illness? Or are you stressed by parenting? There's hope! We can work together to make things better using proven ways to express strong emotions, change behaviors, and make a positive future for you and your child. My way of helping is all about making you and your child feel strong, heard, and cared for. Let's work together to make things better for you and your family!
Accepting new clients! Is your teen struggling with instructions, overthinking, staying in their room, and getting angry over small things? Or is your child having more tantrums? Or is it hard for your child/teen to cope with a recent life change or medical illness? Or are you stressed by parenting? There's hope! We can work together to make things better using proven ways to express strong emotions, change behaviors, and make a positive future for you and your child. My way of helping is all about making you and your child feel strong, heard, and cared for. Let's work together to make things better for you and your family!
(773) 570-2280 View (773) 570-2280
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Meilin Liou Zarnitsyna
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, EdS, LPC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60614
My clinical interests include depression and anxiety, trauma recovery, grief and loss, neurodivergence, and issues related to life transitions, relationships, and parenting. I used to teach at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, which serves profoundly gifted students, and have a special passion for working with gifted/2E folks and their families. I'm also a graduate of PDA North America's certification program in the PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) profile of autism.
My clinical interests include depression and anxiety, trauma recovery, grief and loss, neurodivergence, and issues related to life transitions, relationships, and parenting. I used to teach at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, which serves profoundly gifted students, and have a special passion for working with gifted/2E folks and their families. I'm also a graduate of PDA North America's certification program in the PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) profile of autism.
(773) 281-7200 x5 View (773) 281-7200 x5
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Ashlee Taylor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Chicago, IL 60606  (Online Only)
My specialties include LGBTQ+, gender identity, sexuality, ADHD, Anxiety, Neurodevelopmental and behavioral emotional disorders, and parent management training.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting and vulnerable task, whether you're new to the process or a seasoned pro. As you're scrolling through endless profiles and bios, you may ask yourself "Do I belong here?". I became a therapist to give people the safe space, supportive relationship and perspective that they may not get in other aspects of their lives. I also hope to challenge the stigma that may have discouraged them from engaging in the therapy process.
My specialties include LGBTQ+, gender identity, sexuality, ADHD, Anxiety, Neurodevelopmental and behavioral emotional disorders, and parent management training.
Finding the right therapist can be a daunting and vulnerable task, whether you're new to the process or a seasoned pro. As you're scrolling through endless profiles and bios, you may ask yourself "Do I belong here?". I became a therapist to give people the safe space, supportive relationship and perspective that they may not get in other aspects of their lives. I also hope to challenge the stigma that may have discouraged them from engaging in the therapy process.
(224) 243-5242 View (224) 243-5242
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Hannah Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, CYT
Verified
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
My specialties include parenting & caregiving; pre/postnatal issues (I am trained in perinatal mental health through PSI); trauma; & racial identity.
I love building relationships, and helping you explore the patterns, past experiences, and circumstances that shape your life today. I believe that everyone brings strengths and skills to their healing journey, and I use a trauma-informed approach, which means co-creating safety and autonomy in session so that you can build trust in yourself. I believe that taking time to care for yourself and heal can be a radical, transformative act. I love working with folks that are interested in reflective conversation, mindfulness, and body awareness as tools to know themselves more deeply.
My specialties include parenting & caregiving; pre/postnatal issues (I am trained in perinatal mental health through PSI); trauma; & racial identity.
I love building relationships, and helping you explore the patterns, past experiences, and circumstances that shape your life today. I believe that everyone brings strengths and skills to their healing journey, and I use a trauma-informed approach, which means co-creating safety and autonomy in session so that you can build trust in yourself. I believe that taking time to care for yourself and heal can be a radical, transformative act. I love working with folks that are interested in reflective conversation, mindfulness, and body awareness as tools to know themselves more deeply.
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Hannah O'Connor
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, LCSW
Verified
5 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
My areas of expertise include working with individuals or couples impacted by perinatal mood disorders, infertility, high-risk pregnancies, parenting challenges, working through life transitions, grief and loss, career transitions, and experiencing anxiety.
I provide clinical therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. I am warm, compassionate and eager to partner with clients. I use a strengths-based approach and believe in the power of therapeutic relationships. My goal is to listen and understand clients and help them learn appropriate coping skills that can help them outside of the therapy session. I understand the courage it takes to ask for help.
My areas of expertise include working with individuals or couples impacted by perinatal mood disorders, infertility, high-risk pregnancies, parenting challenges, working through life transitions, grief and loss, career transitions, and experiencing anxiety.
I provide clinical therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. I am warm, compassionate and eager to partner with clients. I use a strengths-based approach and believe in the power of therapeutic relationships. My goal is to listen and understand clients and help them learn appropriate coping skills that can help them outside of the therapy session. I understand the courage it takes to ask for help.
(312) 764-1410 View (312) 764-1410
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Kate Koslowsky
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60625
I’m help individuals navigate uncertainty and stress, while gaining insight into themselves and their relationships. Many of my clients find this helpful at times of major transition–recently graduated from college, while in a new relationship, or when becoming a parent. My practice focuses on anxiety, relationships, and the challenges and joys of parenthood; I have a special interest in working with parents-to-be and first-time parents.
I’m help individuals navigate uncertainty and stress, while gaining insight into themselves and their relationships. Many of my clients find this helpful at times of major transition–recently graduated from college, while in a new relationship, or when becoming a parent. My practice focuses on anxiety, relationships, and the challenges and joys of parenthood; I have a special interest in working with parents-to-be and first-time parents.
(847) 807-4425 View (847) 807-4425
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Margaret Waugh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60613
I have been trained in and utilize practice informed by Child-Parent Psychotherapy when working with parents and their children ages 0-5.
Therapy is a unique opportunity to focus on yourself and begin down the path to a healthy, more fulfilling life. Working collaboratively with a therapist can help you to explore patterns, relationships and ways of functioning that no longer serve your best interest. This exploration can lead to the strength and confidence necessary to make changes and regain focus in your life. Therapy is an emotionally safe place that will allow you to heal as you address difficult issues, gain clarity, and become reacquainted with your authentic self.
I have been trained in and utilize practice informed by Child-Parent Psychotherapy when working with parents and their children ages 0-5.
Therapy is a unique opportunity to focus on yourself and begin down the path to a healthy, more fulfilling life. Working collaboratively with a therapist can help you to explore patterns, relationships and ways of functioning that no longer serve your best interest. This exploration can lead to the strength and confidence necessary to make changes and regain focus in your life. Therapy is an emotionally safe place that will allow you to heal as you address difficult issues, gain clarity, and become reacquainted with your authentic self.
(773) 312-5134 View (773) 312-5134
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Golden Life Wellness Center
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Chicago, IL 60649
Let's work together to help you build a clear vision of what you want out of life, your family, your career, your friends, your education, your health and so much more! Whether you're single, a single parent, married, co-parenting, in a relationship - we'll collaborative work on the betterment of YOU! What do you want to achieve first?.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR PHONE, VIDEO AND IN-PERSON SESSIONS" Hi, I am Nancy Griffin, Integrative Life Coach! Using my own life experiences combined with a diverse range of healing techniques in the areas of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, I have a passion for helping you achieve positive changes in all areas of life! Therapy is a great way to improve the quality of relationships, learn coping skills, overcome obstacles and to focus on better understanding yourself and the intricate layers within your life's purpose.
Let's work together to help you build a clear vision of what you want out of life, your family, your career, your friends, your education, your health and so much more! Whether you're single, a single parent, married, co-parenting, in a relationship - we'll collaborative work on the betterment of YOU! What do you want to achieve first?.
*ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS FOR PHONE, VIDEO AND IN-PERSON SESSIONS" Hi, I am Nancy Griffin, Integrative Life Coach! Using my own life experiences combined with a diverse range of healing techniques in the areas of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellness, I have a passion for helping you achieve positive changes in all areas of life! Therapy is a great way to improve the quality of relationships, learn coping skills, overcome obstacles and to focus on better understanding yourself and the intricate layers within your life's purpose.
(773) 232-5002 View (773) 232-5002
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Takisha Brooks
Pre-Licensed Professional, ALMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60602  (Online Only)
Takisha is an associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Her clinical interest includes working with couples/family systems and empowering clients from culturally diverse backgrounds to work on communication, parenting, and intimacy. She has an empathetic and energetic personality, which helps clients find and understand their voices, regain trust, and have more fun together in their relationship. Takisha uses a narrative and solution-focused systemic approach in therapy. She believes in the power of stories to help strengthen the core aspects of familial relationships, and she affirms collaboration and creativity in all of sessions.
Takisha is an associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Her clinical interest includes working with couples/family systems and empowering clients from culturally diverse backgrounds to work on communication, parenting, and intimacy. She has an empathetic and energetic personality, which helps clients find and understand their voices, regain trust, and have more fun together in their relationship. Takisha uses a narrative and solution-focused systemic approach in therapy. She believes in the power of stories to help strengthen the core aspects of familial relationships, and she affirms collaboration and creativity in all of sessions.
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Beckie Fischer
Counselor, MA, LCPC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60657
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) licensed in Illinois with over 18 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, infertility, parenting difficulties, career challenges, OCD and PTSD/trauma. I have a specialization in working with victims of crime (physical/sexual abuse and traumatic grief and loss) as well as law enforcement/military members and their significant others and children.
I am a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) licensed in Illinois with over 18 years of experience. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, infertility, parenting difficulties, career challenges, OCD and PTSD/trauma. I have a specialization in working with victims of crime (physical/sexual abuse and traumatic grief and loss) as well as law enforcement/military members and their significant others and children.
(773) 974-4141 View (773) 974-4141
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Dr. Crystal Johnson
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Chicago, IL 60642
Do you find yourself in survival mode, just trying to get through the day? Do you wish for you or your family to enjoy life more? Are you feeling dissatisfied, disconnected, or left behind in our busy world? Perhaps you are a parent struggling to feel connected to your child and questioning your parenting or maybe your child or teen seems unhappy or is having problems in school or with peers. You might be a young adult feeling lost or unsure of the future. You may even be an adult who is supposed to have it all together by now, yet find yourself drowning under work or home demands or under the weight of anxiety or depression.
Do you find yourself in survival mode, just trying to get through the day? Do you wish for you or your family to enjoy life more? Are you feeling dissatisfied, disconnected, or left behind in our busy world? Perhaps you are a parent struggling to feel connected to your child and questioning your parenting or maybe your child or teen seems unhappy or is having problems in school or with peers. You might be a young adult feeling lost or unsure of the future. You may even be an adult who is supposed to have it all together by now, yet find yourself drowning under work or home demands or under the weight of anxiety or depression.
(773) 844-2732 View (773) 844-2732
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Julie M Matija
Counselor, LCPC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60601
I am experienced in addressing issues related to anxiety, worry, role transitions, loss, anger, parenting, relationship difficulties, and career contentment.
Does it sometimes feel like you are not living the life you thought that you would? Or that you could be more content with your situation? Or perhaps you are having trouble making decisions about what to do next? If so, therapy can help you clarify what is important to you and what is causing you to feel stuck. I am happy to work together with you to better understand your past while also finding new ways of moving forward in a meaningful way.
I am experienced in addressing issues related to anxiety, worry, role transitions, loss, anger, parenting, relationship difficulties, and career contentment.
Does it sometimes feel like you are not living the life you thought that you would? Or that you could be more content with your situation? Or perhaps you are having trouble making decisions about what to do next? If so, therapy can help you clarify what is important to you and what is causing you to feel stuck. I am happy to work together with you to better understand your past while also finding new ways of moving forward in a meaningful way.
(312) 241-1078 View (312) 241-1078
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Taylor Ariel Pettway
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Chicago, IL 60605
I am driven to focus on relational conflict, family sculpting with blended families and single-parent, men and women’s issues, communities of color, intergenerational trauma, systemic racism, and mindfulness.
There is power in seeking the help of others along our journey, and it is my hope that therapy can represent a unique healing environment, focused on your reality and your needs. The change that we all seek lies within our stories being validated and understood. As we witness the power of our stories in light of culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other intersections of identity through therapy, we partner in using your strengths to lessen your limitations. By developing your self-awareness, we can work to heal from past wounds, develop more understanding of your Self and those around you, and create better relationships.
I am driven to focus on relational conflict, family sculpting with blended families and single-parent, men and women’s issues, communities of color, intergenerational trauma, systemic racism, and mindfulness.
There is power in seeking the help of others along our journey, and it is my hope that therapy can represent a unique healing environment, focused on your reality and your needs. The change that we all seek lies within our stories being validated and understood. As we witness the power of our stories in light of culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, and other intersections of identity through therapy, we partner in using your strengths to lessen your limitations. By developing your self-awareness, we can work to heal from past wounds, develop more understanding of your Self and those around you, and create better relationships.
(312) 626-6658 View (312) 626-6658
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Linda Brown-Jackson
Counselor, MA, NCC, LCPC
Verified
Chicago, IL 60619
My ideal client is the person that knows they need help. They do not have to know what kind of help, but open to talk therapy and exploring possible forms of relief. I have worked with children and adults with issues such as; anger, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Modification, depression and anxiety. It is most comforting to help someone find relief from discomfort. I provide individual, group and family therapy. The counseling scope includes parent coaching, anger management, trauma, and school guidance.
My ideal client is the person that knows they need help. They do not have to know what kind of help, but open to talk therapy and exploring possible forms of relief. I have worked with children and adults with issues such as; anger, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Modification, depression and anxiety. It is most comforting to help someone find relief from discomfort. I provide individual, group and family therapy. The counseling scope includes parent coaching, anger management, trauma, and school guidance.
(773) 669-5935 View (773) 669-5935
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Lisa Mihevc
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, ALMFT
Verified
Chicago, IL 60608
Sometimes parenting feels traumatic, and you are tired of feeling alone. I help parents understand their child's most frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming behaviors while also guiding them to experience more confidence and regulation. My theoretical paths include trauma-informed, attachment-based, and somatic in nature. I practice somatic touch, which effectively facilitates regulation in a person's nervous system. It is hard to change the way we parent even if we know what to do. I provide the practical resources and support that you need.
Sometimes parenting feels traumatic, and you are tired of feeling alone. I help parents understand their child's most frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming behaviors while also guiding them to experience more confidence and regulation. My theoretical paths include trauma-informed, attachment-based, and somatic in nature. I practice somatic touch, which effectively facilitates regulation in a person's nervous system. It is hard to change the way we parent even if we know what to do. I provide the practical resources and support that you need.
(708) 578-7991 View (708) 578-7991
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Karen Jacobson
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LCPC, LMFT
Verified
Chicago, IL 60640
As co-founder of Parenting Perspectives, I help parents bring positive change to families.
People come to me when feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed with fear and stuck - whether it's a relationship concern, a challenge with a child, a loss or life has taken an unexpected turn. As an experienced Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help. I partner with clients to change limiting beliefs and defeating patterns, discover strengths and embrace possibilities. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore difficult emotions, understand triggers, process deep wounds and become curious about all parts of ourselves.
As co-founder of Parenting Perspectives, I help parents bring positive change to families.
People come to me when feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed with fear and stuck - whether it's a relationship concern, a challenge with a child, a loss or life has taken an unexpected turn. As an experienced Clinical Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help. I partner with clients to change limiting beliefs and defeating patterns, discover strengths and embrace possibilities. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space to explore difficult emotions, understand triggers, process deep wounds and become curious about all parts of ourselves.
(312) 284-3236 View (312) 284-3236

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Parenting Therapists

What does therapy for parenting look like?

Therapists may work with parents individually, together, or include the whole family to find solutions for the problems a parent faces. Many parent-based therapies work on a parent’s relationship with their children, problem-solving within the family, and analysis of family dynamics. Therapy conducted remotely by video may be helpful in allowing a therapist to observe how families interact in their own homes.

When should a parent seek therapy?

When behavioral problems begin to disrupt the healthy functioning of a family, it may be a good time to look into therapy. If parents find that children are acting out in school, have started using drugs or alcohol, have developed eating disorders, or other similar red flags, a therapist may be able to help.

How long does therapy take for parenting problems?

Depending on the severity of a family’s challenges and the type of treatment utilized, therapy for parenting can last from weeks to months. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a pragmatic therapy type that can be brief, most often ranging from between 5 and 20 sessions. Structural family therapy, which inspects family dynamics, often takes several months. Parent-child interaction therapy is typically shorter-term, lasting between 10 and 20 sessions. For any therapy, the duration will depend on the progress made and results realized.

Can therapy help parents dealing with burnout or stress?

Parenting is difficult. Parents may dismiss or conceal feelings of exhaustion, overwhelm, or escape ideation—imagining withdrawing from their parental obligations altogether. but left unattended, these feelings can have negative effects on the whole family. A therapist can help parents work on the skills they might need to better cope with the burdens of parenting and help them be the best parents they can be.