Raising healthy children is all-important and building young brains takes work.
But it’s far from perfect. As parents we’ve all had feelings of inadequacy and anxiety.
We worry about their safety, are they getting enough attention? Is what they’re eating healthy? Are they missing out on activities?
It’s OK, there is no such thing as the perfect text-book parent. And you don’t have to have it all figured out. Children thrive when parents have the support they need.
We have the tools to help.
For healthy development, children need stability. And the journey of raising a child is an intensely emotional experience that can be rough sometimes. We are here to help parents navigate through life’s storms – pregnancy, recovery after birth, raising a child for the first time, being a parent at each stage of development (infants to teens), strengthening the relationship with yourself and your family.
Here’s an exercise to try in helping you deal with those emotions in a mindful way.
Notice where it is in your body.
Acknowledge it by saying “This is stress” or “This is worry”
Stay with it for a moment, resist the temptation to push away.
The emotion will come and go. Imagine it floating away.
“What triggered these feelings?” “Why do I feel this way?”
Let go of a need to control the emotion. Be kind and patient with yourself.
Sometimes we need support in managing intense emotions. Talk to your partner, friend, GP or psychologist.
Moments when you’re in the car, when they’re having a snack or even when they’ve walked into the door.
Raising thriving children is like building a house from the ground up. It takes knowledge, planning and commitment to build an optimal environment for our children.
Any house cannot stand without a firm foundation of a relationship. And research supports this as being one of the best predictors for how any children turns out.
The experience we provide as parents contributes to the physical architecture of our children’s brains.
We can support you to lay a strong relationship foundation. And show you step by step through this process.
Lay the Foundation.
Build a solid relationship foundation.
Understand the Land.
Learn about children’s development and needs.
Build the Bricks.
Strengthen your child’s mind by teaching them skills.
Accept new ways of raising children.
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