@Anonymous Yes, you can handle your teen with the same strategies that were discussed at the workshop, especially the P.E.A.C.E. process. However, as teens are in a different phase of life, it would help you to understand how and why they are changing. Please follow this link for articles on raising teens: https://www.parentcircle.com/overall-search/?query=Parenting%20Teens
Your child is screaming, crying, rolling on the ground. During these meltdown moments, how can you, as a parent, remain calm and in control of the situation?/booklet/taming-the-tantrums/
Children seem to want so many things and its not always possible or helpful to give in to all their demands. So when you refuse and say no to them, they usually throw a tantrum. Please follow these links to read about how you can handle your child's tantrums and manage their behaviour. The articles have real-life examples and useful tips: https://www.parentcircle.com/booklet/taming-the-tantrums/
Are you frustrated your child doesn't do what you want her to? Here's how to set clear, simple rules to help your child understand what you expect from her a.../booklet/positive-discipline-setting-clear-rules-and-right-expectations/
Physical, social, emotional and cognitive (thinking) development are equally important in your growing child. Hers is a link to more detailed information on how children should grow according to their age: https://www.parentcircle.com/clipbook/child-development/
@Anonymous Emotional balance is about being aware of your emotions and going with the flow of both happy and difficult ones. Kids can sometimes make us feel very strong emotions. Just telling yourself that it’s alright to have these emotions going in and out of you, prevents you from letting them control you. It helps you stay in control and lets you think clearly. However, there are times when certain emotions can disturb your balance. Give yourself time to pause and calm down, do things that help you feel better – deep breathing, taking a small walk, listening to music, gazing on nature – anything that helps you calm down. Then you can go back and ask your child to explain what she was feeling when she misbehaved. Follow this up with a conversation about how she can talk about her feelings rather than act them out when she is upset about something.
@Anonymous Twins are very different individuals, whether or not they are identical. Each one’s unique personality will emerge as they grow. They may also have many similarities. Parenting twins requires you to be available and attentive to two children often at the same time. However, the way you parent your twins will be the same in terms of building a strong relationship with each twin, setting limits and safe boundaries and building their confidence. The difference is probably more for the parents who need double the energy and patience. This can sometimes be quite draining, so it is important that you take good care of yourselves, make sure you deal with stress when it happens, rather than putting it off. Accumulated stress can impact your physical and emotional health. Do make use of any help offered by others to relieve you, give you a break so that you can have some valuable time for yourself.
@Anonymous Oh my! Having twins is double the delight and double the effort! To give equal attention to both your children requires twice your energy and patience. Let’s see how we can make it easier for you. Your twins require your attention for care and emotional connection, and whenever you attend to one, the other seems to want more of you. So while you cannot be present for both of them at the same time, you can stay connected with each in a different way. For example, while talking to one twin you can hold the hand of the other to let her feel a connection with you. Although twins have many things in common, each one is unique and will have varying needs. As long as you respond to their needs, build a strong emotional connection separately with each twin, it will make it easier for you to be attentive to both, but not necessarily at the same time. Parents learn to observe each child’s body language and understand what their need may be. As you learn to read the cues of each child, you will become more confident in giving attention as and when they need it. They will gradually learn to share their parents with each other!
@Anonymous You have indeed asked a very important question. Children are required to do a lot of research for their school project work. I understand your worry about how much is too much screen time for children. Here are a few tips. While the Internet is a major source of information, children can be encouraged to seek information from non-screen sources such as: 1. talking to the relevant people 2. reading books on the topic 3. having group discussions with classmates 4. observing and recording data related to the topic 5. discussing the information with parents These methods will help reduce screen time and will help children connect with their real world. Besides, these additional sources of information will add value to a child’s project work. And yes, it is important for parents to supervise their child’s Internet usage – to keep the child safe, to teach how to navigate through the data, stay focussed and avoid unnecessary browsing, and to build the child’s curiosity for learning.