Parenting is challenging and frustrating. It’s hard to know if you’re doing the right things and making wise choices that will benefit your children. It can sometimes feel like there’s no good answer for many of the parenting situations you find yourself in.
The world can be a scary place, particularly in current times, many children have good reason to worry. However, many children worry much more than is reasonable for the situation.
Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. A person should be worried if they’re in a dangerous situation, for example. Anxiety is protective, but too much or inappropriate anxiety isn’t healthy.
Use these strategies to help your child overcome their anxiety:
If it is not always appropriate or a good time to work on your child’s sleep. This may be because
your child is too young for sleep coaching, they are teething, ill, going through a developmental
milestone, or perhaps the timing is not right for your family to start working on sleep habits.
Wake Windows while can be a game changer for most families I work with, they can also be a great deal of anxiety for others, they are surprisingly not evidence-based, there is no research or evidence that tells us how long naps should be, how many naps a baby should have at a certain age or how long they can cope with being awake between naps, known as Wake Windows, Nap Gaps or Awake Windows
As much as you love your toddler, parenting your young child can sometimes be frazzling and stressful! Factor in that you might be a stay-at-home parent - on call 24 hours a day - and some days might make you feel like a ticking time bomb! But take heart! Relief is only a few steps away.
Daylight savings in 2020 is coming to an end on 25th October in the UK. It will be time to “fall back” the clocks. It can be a dreaded time for parents of young children because with this, comes an adjustment that does not happen immediately.
Being a parent doubles your reasons for being mindful because living in the moment benefits you and your children. As you increase your own peace of mind, you're becoming a stronger role model for the rest of your family - you can cope better with what life throws at you. I know mindfulness has saved my sanity in lock-down and strengthened my relationship with my children and resulted in me feeling content.
Try these practical tips for living in the present moment.
A Nurture group’s aim is to start where each child is and through unconditional positive regard form strong bonds and attachments to support the social, emotional and behavioural needs of children – I could see how these core qualities relate to the role of a sleep coach and was intrigued about how these can be used as a basis for sensitive and responsive sleep practices.
Your baby is learning to speak long before they say their first words. Talking with your child and giving them loving attention will strengthen the bond between you and help them to develop academic and communication skills they’ll need later in life. Plus, you’ll both have a lot of fun.
The ability to understand the feelings of others is a core quality that contributes to healthy, prosperous relationships and social connections.
Parents who know how to foster empathy in their children weren’t born with this knowledge - they learned and applied it. And you can too!