The early years of parenting are 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. Your ‘bag of tricks’ to deal with these changes must take into account your child’s development and cognitive abilities at any given stage.
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years provides ideas for your bag of tricks that have worked for thousands of families to foster children’s positive self-identity. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problem behaviour.
Children, by virtue of being children, will make behavioural errors and so it is the job of parents to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love.
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years will help you become the sort of parent you want to be by celebrating your resourcefulness and finding effective solutions to the challenge of parenting the preschooler.
|Publisher:||Australian Academic Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
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.