Parenting in Stormy Waters: A Lifeboat and a Lighthouse

Parenting can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences in life, but it can also be one of the most challenging. A family crisis, mental health issues, and a global pandemic can add to the everyday experiences that are a normal part of growing up can present difficult circumstances to navigate for a child. During these stormy times, it can be easy to feel stressed and uncertain as a parent. However, there are two approaches that you can take to guide your child in these stormy waters: being a lifeboat and being a lighthouse.

Being a Lifeboat

Being a lifeboat means providing a safe and secure place for your child during difficult times. It means being there for them when they need you, providing them with stability and reassurance, and helping them weather the storm.

However, being a lifeboat can be challenging. It can be emotionally draining to constantly support and care for your child when they are struggling. You may feel like you are drowning in their emotions and concerns.

To be an effective lifeboat, it’s essential to take care of yourself first. Logosynthesis offers a simple, repeatable technique that you can use to recognize where you are struggling and shift distressing issues to feel better. By doing so, you can gain a sense of calm and clarity that enables you to be there for your child.

A key benefit of using Logosynthesis to feel calmer is that you are better able to recognize when you need to extend the lifeboat for your child. Rather than reacting to every issue, you become a more effective lifeboat for your child by providing them with the support and stability they need. This is where being a lighthouse is important.

Being a Lighthouse

Being a lighthouse means providing guidance and direction for your child during difficult times. It means helping them navigate the stormy waters of life by shining a light to offer direction and to identify obstacles. To be an effective lighthouse, it’s essential that your light shines steady and bright. Again, this means that is important to take care of yourself first.

Your child can feel when you are worried, stressed, and overwhelmed. When you react towards your child from a position of frustration, anger, or doubt, your child not only doesn’t have access to the lifeboat but doesn’t have the clarity of the lighthouse. It is very normal to be concerned about your child in difficult times and yet when you can calm your concern, your child will feel better able to make their own way forward.

Navigating stormy waters

Parenting in stormy waters can be challenging, but by recognizing what is bothering you, you can shift your reactions to offer a greater sense of security and a stronger guiding light. By being both a lifeboat and a lighthouse, you can help your child navigate through difficult times. Logosynthesis offers a unique solution to support you through these challenges. By taking care of yourself first, you can be the best possible support and guide for your child when they need you most. When your guiding light shines strong, you can better appreciate your child’s resilience and ability to make their way on their own.

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Remember that it is normal to feel the challenges that your child experiences and to kick into react mode when your child is struggling. By doing your own work first using Logosynthesis, you will notice subtle, yet significant, results. If you are interested in learning more about Logosynthesis as a healthy lifestyle practice to support you in work and life, visit


Cathy Caswell
Cathy Caswell
CATHY guides people to reduce stress, unlock their potential and enjoy life more fully using Logosynthesis. As a dietitian with an MBA, she enjoyed a corporate career in the food industry in production, marketing, and sales. She knows firsthand the benefits of being able to get unstuck from reactive patterns that negatively impact work, health, wealth, and relationships. As a Coach and President of The Healthy Living Plan Inc. and a Master Practitioner and Instructor in Logosynthesis®, she is committed to supporting leaders at all levels. Through online 1-1 coaching and now app-based remote coaching using the Essence Unlock Potential app, Cathy supports people to routinely use this healthy lifestyle practice to achieve their goals. Cathy is the author of Logosynthesis®: Enjoying Life More Fully and Thriving In Our Times: From Reactions To Action Using Logosynthesis®. 

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