child mental health

Five steps to managing your child’s anxieties

Does your child worry about things, causing difficult emotions? We can all feel anxious about different things in our lives. But before your child’s anxieties stop them from grasping some great opportunities, help them to manage their anxieties with some simple steps to managing your child’s anxieties.

Nurturing communication skills with Toddlers

The confident language abilities of your skilled speaker can tell you so much, even at two years old. It will offer you a strong indication of how well your child is going to manage when they start school, along with how well they will do within it. Read on to learn how you can nurture your toddlers communication skills.

Should you worry about your child’s anxiety

In my work I am seeing more and more adults who seem to have lost the art of play, coming to me unsure of how to act, their role within the play, or concerned for when things did not go as expected. While no child needs to be taught how to play – they will make fun with the most limited of means – they do need permission. And they need adults who understand its importance

Can you help a child to feel less anxious

Anxiety is our bodies way of recognising danger and, through triggering the fight-flight-or-fright responses, getting us back to safety. Felt in its proper place, anxiety, is perfectly normal. It can become a serious problem however when it becomes uncontrolled, when it is constant, or it is affecting daily life.

How is your child’s level of self-esteem

When you begin to think about the qualities that you wish to inspire in your child, you will quickly see why this needs some careful handling.  And while it is all too easy to make mistakes if we don’t take a moment to think about what we are doing.  Children need opportunities to develop their abilities and to experience their success.  But at the same time, they need to feel reassured that they are important and loved, irrespective of their achievements. 

Primitive Brain reactions to modern day problems

We might expect certain responses from our children. But are you aware of their primitive brain reactions to modern day problems? Sometimes, when we are faced with a very emotional moment, it can feel like we are both in the emotion and at the same time. This is the primitive part of our brain taking over and can feel like we have no control. Whilst this plays an essential role in getting us out of the way of an oncoming car, we do not want our children to automatically react from this place of overwhelming emotions.

Feeling worthy of praise, that is itself worthwhile

Do you know what your words are saying to your children? We all want the very best for our children. With a wish to see them feeling good about themselves, we may tell them how beautiful, strong or clever they are. We want them to feel like they can do anything, be anyone and achieve whatever they put their minds to. And so we can find ourselves encouraging them and spurring them on every step of the way. But if we want our children to grow up feeling worthy of praise, that is itself worthwhile, this needs us to be more aware.

Empowering resilient children

Every parent wants to empower resilience in their children, allowing them to face whatever may come their way. Resilience is our capacity to thrive, despite whatever difficult circumstances that may come our way. It allows us to overcome adversity. It allows us to continue functioning, despite challenging circumstances. And it allows us to rebound after we have experienced difficulties.