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Managing Challenging Behaviours
Strategies for navigating those difficult moments with children
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Compassion in parenting
Compassion is about recognizing the difficulties others are experiencing, taking the time to listen and learn. Having the capacity to take the pause and see what is going on for others and then together building steps towards breaking down what is difficult for them.
Boundary setting with children
When parents are consistent with their approach in setting boundaries, children will respond. Children are looking to seek independence and test boundaries and parents are there to set limits and let children know what is ok and not ok.
Communication with children
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A theme I encounter often and one I myself benefit from the reminder of is.... the impact letting children know what we WANT them to do vs NOT do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Often when children are successful a parents attention can shift away and then when things go sideways adults jump in giving feedback on the don’ts.
Working with children ... tips
When the challenges a child is experiencing are not clearly VISIBLE to those around them and they have a difficult time expressing themselves and what is happening they often will do so through actions. Here is the thing, behaviour strategies work, this I know and they can have a tremendously positive impact on a child's life. But what I also find is that when they are utilized without first connecting with the chid, understanding what is happening for them, why they are engaging in the way t
Connection to your child
Ever wonder how much of an impact your thoughts and beliefs might have on how you engage and navigate daily interactions with your child? Well the answer, a lot. Our thoughts about what our children are doing, particularly in the throws of challenging behaviours can shape how we respond.⠀⠀⠀
Consistency with behaviour management
Navigating a child's challenging behaviours and being consistent as parents can be difficult during the best of times let alone during a pandemic. We are all feeling exhausted and quick to frustrate from time to time. But the research tells us that children respond best and acquire strategies for regulations long-term when parents are on the same page. And while focusing on prevention based strategies is very important, it is equally there be consistency when behaviours do occur.
Toy Novelty and Play
Children can easily loose interest in a toy, particularly if they are exposed it day after day after day. With more time now being spent in the home this is much more likely to occur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And what happens when kids get disinterested? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ --> Well they are at significant more risk of engaging in challenging behaviour.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Benefits of schedules
Establishing a sense of routine and having a plan in the day can be grounding for children. It can provide an anchor in their day, particularly during these times when there is much uncertainty and changes to predictable routines. And during these times of restriction to home, having a plan help children with a sense of direction and focus.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Parenting Challenges during Covid_19
Have your routines have been disrupted and the demands on you each and every day are changing and growing. Leaving most to feel like they are often not hitting the mark anywhere. Completely expected under the circumstances a time when we are all struggling just to get through the day, we often lean on our village of support but right now even that is difficult. Resources are limited and families are isolated. Yes we have to, but that doesn't make it any easier to navigate through. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✨Reframing and pivoting is all part of parenting. Keep open to shifting your approach as your child grows (i.e. how your respond to the tantrum of a 2 year old may look very different to how respond when they are 15).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And remember it’s ok to reach out for guidance if you are stuck on strategies
School Setting events
If you have experienced this you are not alone, it is something I talk to parents of school aged children about all the time. It can be most consistent in those I work with who present with challenges already from the moment they walk into school (autism, ADHD, learning disability, etc...), but difficulty to keep it together can be a real thing for many children.⠀