The most important thing for your child/ren with or without a developmental disability is that they grow up is a stable, consistent, supportive environment where they feel warm, safe and loved.
We know that no parent is ever perfect, there is no such thing, but there is such thing as ‘good enough’ parenting where you know you are doing your best with the resources you have.
We’ve talked in previous blogs about how looking after youis a selfless act that helps you to help your child/ren.
Below are some ideas on being the best support to your child/ren that you can be;
Be consistent. Children flourish best when they are in a stable, consistent and predictable environment. If you make a rule, stick to it, and follow it through consistently.
Reward good behavior. Catching your children in the act of being good and showing them you noticed can go a long way. Praise them when they act appropriately or learn a new skill, being very specific about what behaviour they’re being praised for. Also look for other ways to reward them for good behaviour, such as giving them a sticker or letting them play with a favourite toy.
Create a home safety zone. Carve out a private space in your home where your child can relax, feel secure, and be safe. This will involve organizing and setting boundaries in ways your child can understand.
Spend quality time with each child; No doubt there are many pressures on your time, but one way to keep a happy home is to ensure that there is a time each week or each fortnight where your child knows that they have quality time with you. It might be a baking task, it could be playing computer games with them. Spending time with each child on their own helps them to feel seen, heard and cared for by you.