Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Couples/Co-Parenting Counseling

The couple's relationship is the cornerstone of healthy child development. Despite the knowledge that many other factors influence children’s behavior, we know that parents remain a critical avenue through which child behavior and development are influenced.

Children mimic what they see. Ongoing parental conflict has been clearly demonstrated to have adverse effects on children’s adjustment. If a child lives with aggressive conflict, that’s how he or she learns to solve problems. When parents are in conflict with each other it can affect their ability to discipline their children, thus resulting in behavior problems in the child. Moreover, conflict may be a source of stress for children, which can exacerbate the incidence of problems for the child.

Sometimes, however, a source of a couple's conflict can stem from issues related to child management  – whether it’s differing discipline styles, or behavioral problems the child has, this can be a cause of marital conflict.
 
Our therapists will work with you on the relationship issues at hand to determine the source of the problem and provide an individualized solution to work through them.