Having children is a wonderful gift. As parents we have the opportunity to uniquely shape and contribute to the development of an individual's sense of well-being, relatedness, competence, and enjoyment of the world. But children can be a challenge and they do not come with individualized manuals. As any parent with more than one child will tell you, "they are just different from the moment they are born".
Joyful parenting involves understanding the basics of healthy child development, so that children can be best guided and/or supported amid the growth opportunities they face. As children grow, a parent's role moves from being on the board of directors to being on the board of advisors so that their children can learn the comfortable confidence that will sustain them across the years and the various challenges they face. When children are given a good balance of opportunity and responsibility, they grow to be forward thinking, contented, resilient, responsible, and respectful adults.
Dr. Goonan works with parents individually and in groups, by request, to develop and maintain the pleasure of parenting.