Motivation and praise in developing social and emotional development; a short guide

 

Social and emotional skills develop over time, and they may develop differently for different children. One key way parents and carers can make a positive difference for children’s mental health is by using motivation and praise to develop children’s social and emotional skills. Children respond best in a positive environment, filled with encouraging words, motivational support and praise for their efforts.

Children are naturally curious, wanting to touch, see, hear and taste everything around them. Though it can get annoying at times, it’s important for parents and carers to foster children’s curiosity by answering their many questions, even if they get repetitive. This curiosity that children show helps them to become confident learners, and confident learners are motivated learners.

You can encourage children’s curiosity in a number of ways;

  • Arrange safe spaces for children to explore
  • Give them the care and support to feel safe as they explore
  • Interact with them and answer their questions honestly – if you don’t know the answer, you can always research it together
  • Use rewards and praise, focusing on their effort rather than the outcome, so they learn that failing is okay – the important thing is to try and put in the effort to succeed, and to do better next time.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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Developing social and emotional learning in children through emotional development; a short guide

 

Emotional development helps children understand their feelings. With strong emotional development, children can develop emotional awareness and good coping skills. The way that children respond to the different feelings they experience every day will have a major impact on their choices, their behaviour, and on how well they cope with and enjoy life.

As children develop emotionally, they will learn what feelings and emotions are, understand how and why these emotions and feelings happen, recognise their own feelings and those of others, and develop effective ways of managing them.

There is so much that can influence the way that children express emotions, including both through words and behaviour. These influences include:

  • Values and beliefs about appropriate and inappropriate ways of expressing emotions that children learn from parents, carers and school staff
  • How effectively children’s emotional needs are usually met
  • Children’s temperaments
  • Emotional behaviours that children have learned through observation or experience
  • The extent to which families and children are under various kinds of stress

 

Parents and carers can provide effective support for children’s emotional development through paying attention to their feelings and noticing how they manage them. Listen to what they are saying and how they are saying it, and offer specific guidance to help children manage their emotions. Help children recognise and understand emotions, set limits on inappropriate expression of emotions, and be a role model for them – children learn about emotions and how to express them appropriately by watching others, so show them the ways you understand and manage your own emotions so they can learn from your example.

 

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Developing social and emotional learning in children through social development; a short guide

 

Social development helps children develop positive friendship skills, social values and empathy. It involves children learning the values, knowledge and skills that will enable them to relate to others effectively and to contribute positively within the family, school and the community. There are many influences on children’s social development, some of which include; their family, school, peers, extended family, family friends, sport and social groups, community connections and even the media. Through the relationships and connections children have with others, they build a sense of who they are and where they fit in the social world, which in turn allows them to come to an understanding about self and others, and  is essentially the central goal of children’s social development.

Parents and carers are the first and the most important influences on children’s social development, and they can support children’s positive social development through modelling respect and consideration and encouraging children to be similarly respectful in all their relationships. Show that you care by actively listening to them and taking their feelings into consideration. Teach them to think through and solve any day-to-day problems they might have. Discuss moral issues with them, encouraging them to state their opinions and reasoning, and ask questions that encourage them to put themselves in someone else’s shoes – “How would you feel if …”

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

The importance of social and emotional learning in children; a short guide

 

Even as soon as they are born, babies are born communicators. They are able to experience and express many emotions, communicate their needs to their carers, and they quickly learn to feel good about themselves and to enjoy relating with others. As they grow, they learn to manage more things by themselves with the guidance and support of their carers.

Social and emotional learning is about learning how to manage feelings, manage friendships and solve problems. It gives children the skills to build their self confidence, for example by ‘helping’ during everyday experiences such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping. Children also learn ways to cope with conflict and problem solving techniques, through their relationships with the significant adults in their lives.

When children reach preschool age, they further develop their social and emotional skills through a wide network of social relationships, including other adults and children. They soon learn to become more able to wait for things they want, to negotiate solutions to everyday problems and to make decisions for themselves and with others.

Social and emotional learning forms the foundations for children’s ongoing development and affect their mental health and wellbeing. Children who have developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conflict, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Tips and tricks to being more mindful with children

 

Mindfulness really does work – it’s a clinically proven tool to support wellbeing and mental health by reducing stress and allowing life to be experienced more fully. One of the easiest ways to encourage children to be more mindful is to practise mindfulness around children. Follow these tips and tricks to being more mindful with children and you’ll soon see children being more mindful themselves.

1] Be present and mindful with your children during mindful play. Dedicate some time each week to mindful play with your children. Make sure the TV is off, and so is your phone, so that there are no outside distractions. Give your children your full attention and engage with them in their games.

2] Cook with your child. Cooking together is a fun way to spend time with your child and you can incorporate mindfulness techniques into this by showing children the colours, smell, touch and taste of the ingredients as you cook.

3] Create a mindful dinner time by having family dinner every night and setting aside the first few minutes of dinner to eat in silence – so that everyone can appreciate the smell and taste of the food and savour the meal together.

4] Even brushing your teeth can be a mindful exercise – brush your teeth with your children and pay attention to the feel of the brush in your mouth, the sensation and the taste.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

The benefits of mindfulness with children; a short guide

 

There are many benefits to be found when children learn to practise mindfulness. Teaching children how to practise mindfulness has been shown to reduce the severity of many conditions in children, including; depression, anxiety and ADHD. It also builds resilience by giving children skills to help them to cope better with stress, as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world. Mindfulness also increases children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions, including the difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other grounding techniques. Practising mindfulness has also been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, and this serves to improve children’s awareness of others and helps children to build positive relationships.

By teaching children mindfulness, we can teach them to tune in to their internal and external experiences with curiosity, resulting in increased self-awareness, social awareness, and self-confidence. A few examples to teach children about mindfulness are;

Teach children that mindfulness is about noticing our thoughts, what our body feels like, what our ears are hearing, and anything else that is around us and happening right now.

Practise breathing techniques, focusing on breathing in and breathing out.

Go for ‘mindful’ walks where you walk together through the neighbourhood and notice the little details that you may not have seen before – a weed growing through the pavement, the sound of a frog from a patch of grass.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

Mindfulness; what is it and why is it important?

 

Mindfulness is the process of bringing one’s attention and focus into the present, and of acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In other words, mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future. We can become more aware of where we are and what we’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

We are all able to strengthen our mindful awareness through practise; by taking part in meditation practices, or through informal everyday mindfulness activities like mindful walking, listening to music, eating or conversation.

There are so many benefits to mindfulness; it reduces stress, enhances performance, allows us to gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increases our attention to others’ well-being. Science and experience both demonstrate its positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.

The great thing about mindfulness is that anyone can do it, we can all benefit from mindfulness practices, and it’s easy to learn. It’s more than just a practice – it’s a way of living. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do and even a little bit of mindfulness has the power to make our lives better.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters

 

The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.

 

We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or

Email: scheduler@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our services at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

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