Parenting in Tough Times

In these tough times, it is important to reflect on these truths:

  • It is human nature to focus on what is going wrong more than what is going right. You are performing better in the caregiving role than you might think.
  • Not all behaviour exhibited by the children in your care is abnormal or a sign of a disorder. All children misbehave. It is part of growing and learning boundaries. Normality and abnormality are differentiated by frequency, intensity, and duration.
  • Children communicate through their behaviour. If we focus too much on what they are doing and not why they are doing it, we may miss something important they are trying to tell us.
  • Children see themselves as they experience others to see them. Look for their strengths and evidence that they are doing ok.

Eyes are mirrors for a child’s soul. What do children see in your eyes?

About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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