Raising a child has never been easy, but it has gotten even more challenging due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this challenging situation, this could be the perfect opportunity to teach our kids how to be more resilient and confident. To learn how this is possible, I sit down today with Dr. Louise Metcalf to discover ways on how we can look after our children’s wellbeing. We specifically talk about how we can teach our child to be more resilient and adaptable so they can enjoy life as kids while becoming more eager to face the challenges of life growing up.
Dr. Louise Metcalf is a psychologist with about 30 years of experience helping people create better lives and healthier brains. Louise has worked in multiple sectors as a psychologist and has a keen interest in positive psychological change. Louise values away 1 individual could make a difference and have a strong interest in brain health and resilience. After years of supporting children with anxiety and mental wellbeing, Louise had the idea for a robot that can help kids with their anxiety. now launched in app form, Gheorg The Friendly Robot empowers children with emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing through check-ins and meditation exercises.
Tune in to our conversation and learn about:
- The moment Dr. Louise Metcalf decided she was going to become a psychologist
- What resilience and adaptability means
- What are the makings of a strong and confident child?
- Are there children who are more naturally inclined to be more confident or resilient than others?
- How we can teach our kids about resilience and building those adaptability skills
- Patterns that might impede or slow down the development of building those adaptability skills
- Some of the reasons we’re observing these mental health issues in kids nowadays
- How do we help our kids know their strengths and find ways to use them?
- Ways to continue fostering our child’s confidence in everyday life
- Other ways Louise suggests for parents and carers who are already going through so much in their home environments and cannot handle raising their kids all by themselves
- Why the Gheorg robot was born and how it has helped kids not only with their emotional intelligence and wellbeing but also in becoming better communicators
- Some of the feedback they’ve received from kids and parents interacting with Gheorg
Tips for Parents and Carers on How to Best Provide Support during this COVID situation:
- Limit the news you watch a bit.
- Use this time to talk with your children about challenging circumstances and how you navigate those things as a family, how you can work together.
- Slow down, practice a little bit of relaxation, meditation, teach your kids how to meditate, stop and breathe.
- Prioritize your own self-care. The temptation for parents is to overwork a bit but you cannot sacrifice your own mental health.
Take-Home Messages for Parents, Carers, Educators on How to Raise Strong and Confident Kids:
For Parents and Carers: “It’s wise to be aware that anxiety is on the rise, but my take-home message is, Don’t look at that and go, oh that’s awful, I feel deflated, instead, look around at all the amazing people that are helping kids in this space right now, and I know there are a lot educators in school that are focus on this area, they’re all around you. So, find them, go and talk to them, engage with them, bring them into your child’s village and really maximize all that good stuff all around you. Build the village, the village should be quite big.”
For early childhood educators and schoolteachers: “I think it’s worthwhile finding little spaces in teaching where you can actually just allow kids to solve problems in their own ways. There are a million, trillion ways to solve any given problem and sometimes we can get hooked into just one method, and it can be so hard for kids because they might not be using their strengths. But if you look at the problem and think, actually there’s a million ways to solve the problem, and there are probably lots of strengths that can be used to do that, I think using that as an educator really helps keep kids loving learning in the classroom and get them to really say, they do have a lot of strengths at school, and school can still be really empowering.”
Links and Resources:
Learn more about Dr. Louise Metcalf and Gheorg the Friendly Robot on: https://www.gheorg.com/
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