Understanding Your Child

Parenthood can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable. It can also be demanding, frustrating and exhausting. Parents have the important role of raising the next generation, yet most people begin their careers as parents with little preparation, and learn through trial and error. The challenge for all parents is to raise healthy, well-adjusted children in a loving, predictable environment.

In Shropshire we want to support families and carers of children with the day to day life of parenting and understanding your child, which is why we are making available a free online course which gives parents /carers an understanding of how their our children come to behave and build behaviours from experiences.

From babies to teenagers the course gives you an understanding of brain development through childhood. It will provide you with information on how to relate and interact with your child throughout different periods of development.

The courses explore children’s general development, how children’s brains develop and change throughout their childhood including teenage years and why children can behave in certain ways. Parents and carers will be able to reflect on this and start to make changes.

The modules cover:

  • How your child develops
  • Understanding how your child is feeling
  • Tuning into what your child needs
  • Responding to how your child is feeling
  • Different styles of parenting
  • Having fun together
  • The rhythm of interaction
  • Why is sleep important?
  • Self-regulation and anger
  • Communication and tuning in
  • Looking back and looking forwards

Research shows that for parents and carers who undertook the Understanding your Child course, anxiety levels about their children decreased significantly and as a consequence the severity of problems also decreased.

To access the course visit the In Our Place website

And type in the code DARWIN18

The course has been developed by The Solihull Approach, which has a dedicated website with lots of information for parents and carers: Solihull Approach Parenting


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