Parenting a child with special needs can be stressful. It is important to learn to manage that stress instead of letting it manage you. In this workshop, you will learn and practice simple stress management and relaxation skills that will help you to self-soothe.
?As mentioned in the first part of this series, divorce and/or separation, for better or for worse, has a substantial impact on most children. Depending on the child, their reactions to it can take the form of social withdrawal, low energy, somatic complaints such as headaches and stomachaches, difficulty focusing, aggressive behavior, and mood swings. How well children will adapt depends on several factors detailed herein.
We are currently forming a social skills group for 3-4 year olds in Kensington, Brooklyn. What we?ll be working on: Using eye contact to let others know we are listening; Understanding and maintaining personal space; Initiating play with other children; Asking for help when needed; Cooperating, sharing, taking turns and working as part of a group; Exploring a variety of feelings through books and games.
As a new parent to an 9-month old boy, I busy myself reading child development books and checking online resources, to assure myself that he is meeting his developmental milestones each month. While we are playing and having fun, I am assessing his emerging gross and fine motor skills, listening to his burgeoning language, and marveling at his cognitive gains.
Children come into this earth to teach parents humility. As wonderful as our child may be they will not turn out to be the ?perfect being? we imagined. The infant that we fantasize will be going to Harvard to be a physicist could easily become a happy high school graduate playing in a band. There are many things as parents that we don?t have control over and situations can arise with which we can’t cope. We all want what?s best for our children. We, often, feel that it is our duty to deny ourselves our previous indulgences in order to provide for our children.