Numerous factors can impact on a child’s behaviour and development.
Parenting is a difficult job and can at times feel overwhelming, with much worry about whether we are doing the ‘right’ things. Usually concerns are in regard to negative behaviours, meeting developmental milestones (such as speech and toileting), developmental delays, being different from others, school problems, anxiety, technology use and cyber bullying.
Parents can often express worries with a sense of fatalism or powerlessness. It is important to seek support in identifying how to cope with, and prevent, these risks by understanding the multiple behavioural and affective needs of children.
Part of this process will be identifying how you parent and developing anchor points for the parent child-relationship around mindfulness, lifelong learning, response flexibility, mind-sight, and joyful living. These skills will assist in helping children understand themselves and grow to their full potential despite any challenges they may face.
Behaviour and Development
Children are very changeable due to the amount of growing they are going through in early years to teenage years. The bottom brain is built by the age of 5 years old and the top brain is not built until the age of 25. The building of brains, and hormonal development, has an enormous impact on psychological and emotional well-being, and consequently behaviours.
There can be a number of factors that impact on a child’s behaviour and development. Speaking with one of our psychologists can help identify contributing factors, and which interventions and strategies will be most beneficial. The psychologist will work holistically with the family, child and school to minimise any harmful effects of behaviour.
To set the stage we spent our three day yearly retreat together in sharing, reflection and appreciation. At each of our retreats we start with reflection on our values- are they still relevant, are they a part of our clients journey and do we refer to them enough? Are there values we need to spend more time bringing into the company?
I spend much of my time at work speaking with clients about their experiences of trauma. These are often deeply personal conversations which involve vulnerability and working through what can be confronting core beliefs and experiences.
Often as a therapist, your work life and personal life collide with similar themes. For me, the spotlight recently shone on all things parenting and baby related.