Learning about, understanding, and managing your child’s behaviour is as important to parenting as is managing their physical and mental health. However, managing your child’s behaviour can be a challenging responsibility, one that may need the intervention of professionals trained in child behaviour and psychology.
In this episode of Chatabout Children, we talk with Dr. Helen Tsamoulous to learn practical steps we parents can take to manage our children’s behaviour. Dr. Helen is a registered psychologist who has provided assessment and counselling services with children, adolescents, and families for over 20 years. Aside from private practice, Dr. Helen is also a school counsellor and a teacher, helping undergraduate and postgraduate counselling psychology students who are looking to work with children and families. In her work, Dr. Helen uses a positive growth framework to ensure that children, adolescents, and their families experience a sense of empowerment when addressing any opportunities for growth in daily life.
• What encouraged Dr. Helen to work with kids
• A discussion about the prevalence of behavioural in children
• Common behavioural issues in children that move parents to ask for help from a professional
• Common causes of behavioural difficulties among children
• The effect of technology and the modern world to today’s children
• How to know if your child is about to have an emotional meltdown and what to do about it
• Ignoring versus negotiating with your child during a meltdown
• How to use acknowledgment when talking with your child during a breakdown
• The meaning of positive parenting and how can you adopt this framework
• The differences between a child’s behavioural patterns in school and at home
Dr. Helen’s tips for professionals and caregivers
• Take responsibility for your responses to your children’s behaviour.
• Try to understand the underlying motivation behind your children’s behaviour.
• Recognize that reactions are not always children being oppositional. There’s a lot else to take account.
“I think it’s important to understand the motivation behind the behaviour rather than just reacting or responding to the behaviour itself.”
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