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Five parenting styles and their outcomes

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When a person or couple decide to try for a baby they usually have a basic idea of how they will parent their child and how they will be as parents. These thoughts are usually based around their own experiences with their parents and how they were raised. Some will have had a positive childhood and the parent will want to raise their child as they were. However, some experiences may have been negative and the parent will then express that they do not want their child to have to go through what they did.  The strategies parents use can fall into categories or ‘styles’. There are four main styles and there are some that are more modern. I will give a brief summary of the main ones and how these styles may affect the outcomes for the children.  Authoritative This style is characterised by reasonable demands that are combined with high responsiveness to their child’s needs. The parents that use this style will have high expectations for their children but will also give the

How sleep problems can affect a childs well-being.

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Up to 40% of children will experience sleep problems, such as difficulty with falling or staying asleep, (Mindell et al, 2006 cited in Williamson et al, 2020).   Carrying on with the theme from my last post I would now like to discuss how sleep problems can affect a child's well-being. Research that consisted of a longitudinal study of children in Australia has demonstrated how having sleep problems in early childhood can cause multiple impairments in a child's well-being at age 10-11 years old, (Williamson et al, 2020). The study examined five different sleep trajectories. They found that the children that had limited sleep problems in infancy or preschool only showed small impairments with internalising symptoms such as anxiety or low mood. However, children who demonstrated persistent sleep problems and sleep problems in middle childhood had moderate impairments in their ability to self-control. Goldstein and Walker, 2014, cited in Williamson et al, 2020, showed

The not so naughty elf on our shelf

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The elves are back! This little guy being back in the shops means that it's finally Christmas time. If this is your first time seeing the elf I'm sure you're wondering, but w hat's the point?  The elf comes alive at night and ends up getting up to mischief. The child comes downstairs to find out what the elf has got up to during the night. The Elf on the shelf watches the child's behaviour throughout the day and then reports back to Santa if the child has been naughty or nice. While the initial concept seems a good idea, it is flawed. How can we teach our children to behave when the elf themselves misbehaves? If anything the elf sets a bad example.    SHow to use the elf and still promote positive behaviour.  I have found a resource that has a Christmas kindness countdown. It is abit like a kindness advent calendar. The idea is that the child sticks a bauble onto Santa's beard for each day and they carry out the kind thing marked on the beard. My concept to incl