As a parent, you want to give your child a life that is filled with joy, fun and laughter. Even though we try our best to smooth every bump on life’s road, we can’t protect our children from facing problems and difficulties. Nor do we want to because difficulties and problems are invaluable learning and growing opportunities that help our child develop key skills for managing and controlling their emotions and behaviours in appropriate and productive ways.
While most children with guidance learn these skills, some children consistently have difficulty controlling their emotions and behaviours. They act out in such challenging ways that dealing with their behaviours daily can be enormously draining for parents. The child’s behaviour makes the rest of the family feel like they are walking on egg shells, not knowing when they could set off another outburst. This can put the whole family under a lot of pressure, strain relationships and restrict what the family is able to do. Over time, one may start to question their parenting skills, and worry takes over and snowballs into feelings of inadequacy, failure and guilt.
If any of this sounds familiar, then you have come to the right place. Behaviour Zen will provide you with a roadmap to get back on your parenting journey and have a family life that is filled with joy, fun and laughter. Along the journey, you will encounter a range of Behaviour Zen resources (the Behaviour Zen web-based app, Behaviour Zen YouTube channel videos and Behaviour Zen booklet series). These resources are built on the evidence-based approach of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and the collective experience of the many parents who have walked this road.
By working with a team of people who support your child day in and day out in a range of settings (e.g. teachers, support staff) and professionals (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech pathologist, social worker) who have specialised knowledge and expertise in emotional and behaviour difficulties, I believe you can guide your child through this transformative journey. Through your patience, perseverance, persistence and, above all, love, you can make a difference in your child’s life.