Asking for directions can be tough for some people. When my husband and I are driving and we’ve turned around twice, unable to find what we are looking for, my first instinct is to stop and ask for directions. That is not his first instinct though; he says “We can find it.” Sometimes we do and sometimes we circle a few more times and inevitably stop and ask for directions.

When it comes to parenting it can be hard for both dad and mom to ask for directions. When we have to seek outside help for our child, it feels like we haven’t measured up in the parenting department, inadequacy comes hammering down. But sometimes, we need backup.

Maybe you’ve tried everything you know to do; communicated, planned, disciplined, and nothing is changing in your son or daughter. Getting help is not a sign of failure; it’s a sign of wisdom. When you don’t know how to do something at work, don’t you ask for understanding? If your car breaks down and you are not a mechanic, do you take it to someone trained to fix your car? Asking for help does not mean you are a failure. Our kids do not come with instruction manuals! Asking for help may give you the understanding that you need!

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