Professional parent(s)


Parents, just because they are parents, take on many roles – doctor, teacher, referee, taxi driver and so on – to raise their children. They do it because it’s part of being a parent. When does something stop being part of being a parent? Is it once the parents’ expertise is exhausted, once the parent is exhausted, maybe it never stops.

At the moment, because I am a parent to a child struggling with her mental health, I am also a full package of professionals for our daughter. I am the counsellor she rants at, the crisis team who hears her suicidal thoughts, the CBT therapist with distraction techniques, the psychologist with all the answers *hollow laugh* but I do all those jobs without any training, without any supervision, and with a very personal connection – this is our daughter, our only child. And I do all that alongside my…

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