4 Tips for Purposeful Parenting
July 22, 2016
At Epiphany Center, we strive to create a strong, healthy relationship between mother and child. We work with pregnant women, as well as children newborn to 3 years of age and their mothers, to ensure healthy development.
In honor of National Purposeful Parenting Month, here are our top tips for purposeful parenting from Epiphany’s very own experts:
1. Respond Promptly, Sensitively & Appropriately
Director of Children’s Services, Cheryl Sundheim, M.A. knows that building a strong and healthy attachment is the foundation for positive self-esteem, healthy future relationships, better achievement in school, and more. “One of the first tips I share with a mother is the importance of responding promptly, sensitively, and appropriately to her baby’s cues. This response lets a baby know she is worthy of care and that her mother is a safe, nurturing figure – mommy loves me, mommy keeps me safe, mommy knows what I need.”
2. Enter Your Child’s World Through Play
Parenting Support Counselor, Tracy Weber, ASW, recommends at least 30 minutes devoted solely to play every day. “Taking time out to play with your child means the world to them. It shows them that you are interested in what they are doing and that they are important to you. Playing with your child and following their lead builds their self-esteem and self-confidence. Children learn many things through play such as: developing fine and gross motor skills, language development, social skills, self-regulation, empathy, and ways to communicate.”
3. Be Accepting of How Your Child Feels
Family Enrichment Project Coordinator, Constance Jaramillo, M.A. is working with parents to accept and understand their child’s emotions. “All emotions are okay, but some behaviors are not. You can accept your child’s emotions, even the challenging ones, while still setting limits on their behavior in a nurturing way.”
4. Communicate Non-Verbally
Clinical Director of our Family Treatment Center, Dr. Linda Perez stresses the importance of non-verbal communication, especially for infants and toddlers. Facial expressions, posture, tone and tempo give a powerful message to small children. “It’s often not what you say, but how you say it”, says Dr. Perez, who encourages parents to use emotional mirroring to reflect the child’s feelings back to them, stabilizing their state of regulation and reinforcing their identity. “We do what we see”, she concludes.
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