You Can Do it, and You Don’t Need to Do it Alone!
It can be tough being a parent! I’m sure I’m not telling you something you aren’t aware of, but I wanted to let you know that I understand what it’s like. Being a parent is one of the most wonderful, frustrating, exhilarating, and terrifying journeys a person can experience.
I speak from personal experience. I’m Corey’s mom. He’s an amazing 14-year-old boy who just started his freshman year at Hillsborough High. Time has flown by, and we have experienced our fair share of highs and lows over the years. It seems just like yesterday when my husband, Steve, and I were bringing a newborn home from the hospital. Now we have a high school student in the house, and this is proving to be a brave new world for the entire family.
I also speak from professional experience as a social worker and non-profit CEO who has helped thousands of kids and parents over the past 20 years. I’ve sat in living rooms throughout our community, and consider it an honor to have worked with parents, grandparents and guardians to help them raise happy and healthy children.
There are numerous challenges that impact families in the Tampa Bay area. Regardless of income, creed or ethnic background, parents experience an assortment of obstacles. From developmental concerns, to child care, from bullying to behavioral health issues, parents face uncertainty and stress on a daily basis.
For just over two years, I’ve served with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. I want to let you know that you don’t have to face the challenges of parenting alone. By calling “2-1-1” on your phone, you can speak to someone at the Crisis Center 24 hours a day. The staff in our Gateway Contact Center can provide immediate emotional support, and can also connect you to a range of community resources.
Have a great September!
Clara Reynolds, President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay