Children & Families

 

You may be worried about your child or teenager. They are displaying emotions or behaviours that concern you; they may appear excessively anxious, or depressed, or they may be displaying unusual and worrying behaviours such as self-harm, sexualised behaviours, eating difficulties, obsessive compulsive traits, aggressive or withdrawn behaviours. Its easy to feel confused, worried, guilty, and hopeless as a parent in the 21st Century. As our society changes more rapidly than ever before, the question of how to raise compassionate, confident children is more difficult than ever before. What are appropriate boundaries that work? How do I get more respect from my kids? How do we create more meaningful family moments? How can I help my child resolve their anxieties and develop emotional resilience? 

RESOURCES

Understanding Family Values


This activity will help you to learn what’s most important to each person in your family.   We call these values.  When you talk about what you value, it can help you to get along better in the future.

The Value of Values Values are deeply held views of what we find worthwhile. They come from many sources: parents, religion, schools, peers, people we admire, and culture. Many go back to childhood. There are others we learn as adults. As with all mental models… continue reading

Tantrums - Why We All Have Them


We generally perceive tantrums as a sign of childish selfishness. Depending which side of the fence we are on, we are either horrified, amused, or empathetic when we see an adult flying off the handle because a decision doesn’t go their way. When young children start rolling around the floor of Sainsbury’s kicking and screaming like banshees, we put our mortal shame to one side, and accept this as a normal part of child development (a part we really, desperately hope they will grow out of).  But are tantrums a ‘normal’ part of child development? continue reading