Resilience in Children
Resilience is a 21st Century parenting concept that every parent needs to understand. Some children are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those children. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.
The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their children.
Guided Relaxation for Children
In our busy, distracted world, the concept of mindfulness and the practice of guided imagery are invaluable gifts you can give to your child. As they grow and face new challenges, guided imagery provides children with a lifelong tool that can help to build confidence, cope with stress and access inner wisdom.
Why Won't My Child Play Outside?
It used to be easy for our parents to just ‘kick us out’ to play because we were in the habit of playing outside. If playing inside has been a frequent occurrence in your house, it becomes like the social norm of your family. Changing social norms can happen however it takes some time and effort.
How to End Screen Time Without a Struggle
Do you ever struggle with getting your children off the screen? Does it often end in tears (both theirs and yours)? Like so many other parents, I used to give my children warning. “Five more minutes, then it's dinner!" I'd yell from the kitchen. This statement would either be ignored or grunted at. Five minutes later, I'd march into the living room and turn the TV/tablet/ gadget off, expecting them to silently accept and for us all to have a lovely, quiet dinner together. Cue screams. Cue tantrums. Cue cold dinner. Cue grey hairs. Isabelle Filliozat's has a simple method to end screen-time without the screams.
Move and Play Everyday
Children love to play and be active! Being physically active every day is important for the healthy growth and development of infants, toddlers and kindergarten children. Physical activity for children includes both structured activities and unstructured free play, and can be done indoors or out. Whatever their level of ability, children need to be active.