Parenting Made Easy: The early years

Parenting Made Easy: The early years

by Anna Cohen


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ISBN-13: 9781922117441
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anna Cohen is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years in both government and non-government organisations. She specialises in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and young people presenting with psychiatric, emotional and behavioural problems, and in assisting parents implement parent management strategies. She is co-founder of the Kids & Co clinical psychology practices in Sydney and surrounding suburbs.


For children the early years are a time of innocence and joy. Yet for their parents and other caregiving adults it is often a tricky and challenging time — a time when you will watch your baby fade and a child emerge, a time of amazing growth, development and change. With each developmental stage new challenges need to be faced and solved. Responding to your child’s needs is not about rescuing them when they are upset, but rather providing consistent care, protection and emotional support. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love. All children regardless of their age and stage need to feel a sense of dignity and competency. Our job as parents and responsible caregivers is to encourage the greatness of our children and to raise well-adjusted, confident, compassionate, considerate individuals.
Throughout this book I will use the terms parent and parenting as inclusive of all parent/caregiver relationships.
The early years are a time of rapid development. By understanding how children develop, we can have fair expectations of them and can empathise and find effective strategies and tools to teach and nurture them through each psychological stage successfully. Through our empathy, humour, good judgment, compassion and ability to regulate our emotions we help our children to be securely attached and support the development of their brain. By understanding the development of children in the early years we are better able to find solutions to the characteristic problems that occur at this time.
As a parent or caregiver of a child in the early years your ‘bag of tricks’ must take into account your child’s development and cognitive (thinking) abilities at any given stage. People progress through stages of emotional development during a lifetime. Understanding this helps us become more aware of ourselves emotionally as parents and caregivers. It also provides us with an insightful perspective on others that helps us to treat children with empathy and compassion. Learning how children develop emotionally and socially helps parents and other caregiving adults to set realistic and fair expectations of children as they move towards the middle (school) years.
The parenting approach advocated in this book stems from the notion that children by virtue of being children will make behavioural errors and that it is the job of parents and responsible caregivers to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. In raising well-adjusted and confident children it is essential that we share our preschooler’s enthusiasm for life and that the parenting practices employed teach rather than punish or shame. This authoritative approach is one that supports children in meeting their developmental tasks, promotes respectful interactions, does not suggest that the child is wrong or bad and sets them up for success not failure.
The information contained in these pages is designed to be a ‘bag of tricks’ for you to use with kindness in your parenting to foster your child’s positive self-identity. These strategies promote opportunities for positive interactions and assist in the building of supportive parent–child relationships. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problematic behaviour. The behaviour management approaches are not intended to be the magic solution to all your difficulties and may need to be changed slightly to suit your family or your own way of speaking. The ideas in this book have worked for thousands of families, but they are examples and suggestions only. Remember, you’re the one who knows your family inside out and that by being clear in your expectations, trusting your capability, celebrating your resourcefulness and being open to finding effective solutions to parenting challenges you can be the sort of parent you want to be.

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