Bernard Nicolas, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist



There is no such thing as perfect parenting, and even if there were such a thing it would probably not be good for children. But there is certainly a difference between healthy and unhealthy parenting. We hear a lot about "dysfunctional" families, but what is a "functional" family?-- It is the kind of family that can adapt to change in a healthy manner that benefits all family members. There is a saying that advises that "you cannot see the picture when you are in the frame." Parents can definitely benefit by reviewing their parental concerns with a Marriage and Family Therapist and pursue individual or family therapy as needed in order to establish or reinforce more effective bounderies. The most important consideration is to address issues early, before behavior gets so out of hand that the only solution is to send a child (or a parent) to an inpatient treatment program, or have someone move out of the home before they are ready to do so.

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