What effect does the caregiver-infant interaction have on a child? What’s the role of the caregiver in supporting infant development? Caregiver-infant interaction is the primary way that an infant learns how to handle stress, and good interactions lay the foundation for healthy coping skills later on in life. Understanding how this works can make you a better caregiver. Discover how caregiver-infant interaction impacts an infant’s experience of stress and comfort.
What are the consequences of infant neglect? How does a lack of physical affection impact development? Infant neglect, such as the deprivation of touch, prevents a baby from developing a healthy stress response system and can even stunt physical development. Understanding how this works gives you great insight into a baby’s needs. Learn from this case study about the importance of physical touch and care for infants.
Do you want to cultivate a healthy relationship with your child? Do you wish you had the tools to understand them better? The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry offers guidance for strengthening your bonds with your child and raising an emotionally secure individual. Perry argues that you can improve your parent-child relationship no matter your child’s age. Continue reading for an overview of this book that your child will be glad you read.
Do you feel guilty when you just let your baby cry? Do you feel guilty when you respond every time? Sometimes it seems like you can’t win in parenting, and crying babies are a well-traveled battlefield. It’s hard to know what to do when you feel guilty regardless, and conflicting advice doesn’t help. Mother and psychotherapist Philippa Perry weighs in on the debate with an opinion rooted in attachment theory. Read more for Perry’s advice on how to deal with a crying baby.
Why do some people find it hard to trust others? How early in life are this ability and its related skills formed? Psychotherapist and mother Philippa Perry argues that an important aspect of developing a strong, lifelong parent-child bond is helping your child form the right attachment style. It’s also the way to equip your child to form healthy relationships with others throughout their life. Keep reading to learn how to practice secure attachment parenting by providing consistent care from the start.
What’s your child’s emotional intelligence (EQ)? What’s your role in helping them develop their emotional skills? As a parent, it’s your privilege and responsibility to teach your child how to understand, regulate, and express their emotions in a healthy way. If you’d like to join the ranks of effective emotion-coaching parents, Philippa Perry offers practical advice in her book The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. Continue reading to learn how to foster your child’s emotional development by coaching them in acknowledging and naming their feelings.
Should parents apologize when they make mistakes? If so, how? What difference does it make for your children? As a parent, you’re the top role model for your kids. While you’d like to be perfect, you’re not. You might want your kids to think you’re perfect, but that sort of unrealistic perspective harms them more than it helps them. Read more to learn why it’s important for you and your children that you own up to your mistakes and make amends.
How do you talk to and about yourself? Do you notice when you do it in front of your kids? How you speak to and about yourself impacts your children, for good or for bad. According to psychotherapist and mother Philippa Perry, your self-talk has a big impact on your child’s relationship with themself. Keep reading to understand the importance of positive self-talk for both you and your kids.
How well do you handle disagreements with others? What are your children learning from you when it comes to conflict resolution? Disagreements are unavoidable in life. What matters is how we handle them when they arise. Conflict resolution is a valuable life skill, and kids need to learn early on how to settle disputes with others in a way that’s a relational win for everyone involved. Continue reading to learn how to model healthy conflict resolution for children.
When you’re parenting your child, do you sometimes feel like you’re reliving moments from your own childhood? Do you want to mirror—or reject—the way your parents raised you? For good or for bad, how you were raised impacts your parenting. You’re likely to project and pass along emotions associated with your upbringing. Philippa Perry explains that it’s important for you to put emotions where they belong and break any harmful cycles in your family. Read more to understand how your upbringing affects your parenting.