Laura Hutchison, a psychologist specializing in children and play therapy, in addition to the writer at the fantastic PlayDrMom, is guest posting today. She is a mom to two, who strongly advocates play. I love her posts on Playful Activities to Help Kids Learn About Feelings, Princesses Don’t Wear Socks: Reasons Why You Should Listen To Your Kids, and Playdough In Play Therapy.
A Thank You letter to the Moms of my clients
Thank you for being brave enough to call me up and share with me that you, your child, your family are struggling. Thank you for agreeing with and attending that first session when I asked you details about your child, your life, your history. Thank youfor letting me know all the things you have tried to “fix” the problems and the mistakes you made along the way. Thank you for sharing your tears and opening up your heart to me.
Thank you for explaining to your child before the first session with them that you want to help them and have found a special friend/ feelings doctor/therapist/person that will work together with you to help make things better. Thank you for putting your trust in me and allowing your child to come with me alone into my play room. Thank you for trusting in the process of utilizing play to communicate and help your child. Thank you for sitting on the other side of the wall listening to playful noises, tears, and perhaps screams while you wait in wonder. Thank youfor not grilling your child after session for everything that happened during the session.
Thank you for calling, emailing, texting, meeting with me to tell me about setbacks, incidences, and improvements for your child. Thank you for letting me know if your child can’t attend session this week so I can change my schedule accordingly. Thank you for keeping your child home if they are sick so that they don’t share their germs with me and my family and my other clients. Thank you for trying out suggestions that I have given you even if they seem impossible at the beginning.
Thank you for being committed to being a parent. Thank youfor understanding that many issues can’t be changed without changes being made in the family and parenting. Thank you for understanding there are many things that won’t change, but understand that there are ways we can change on how we cope with those things. Thank you for being there for your child.
I admire, respect, and appreciate you.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life.