Parent counseling with the nurtured heart approach

In our last blog, we talked about some of the struggles that parents face when their child is dealing with behavioral issues like ADHD or Oppositional Defiance Disorder or something similar. At The Compass For Life, we have designed a parental aspect to the Nurtured Heart Approach. With this approach, we can help equip you with the tools that you will need to help your child.

Who needs it?

Parents are always trying to do what is best for their children, but when you’re struggling to raise your challenging child, you may become frustrated and not know what to do. Sometimes the techniques that you have been using backfire, parents and children can have power struggles and arguments, and everyday life is a challange. It is ok to ask for help. With NHA, we can help.

How can it help?

All your child wants is your attention and when they don’t get it, they act out. We have learned that constantly correcting your child’s bad behavior can only result in negative attitudes. With the NHA, we empower parents to shift this paradigm so that you and your child are no longer butting heads. It teaches you how to shift your focus and concentrate on what is going right in your child’s life. In psychology terms, you learn to focus on positive reinforcement (presenting a positive stimulus for positive behavior) instead of negative punishment (removing a desired stimulus for negative behavior) or positive punishment (adding a negative consequence for undesirable behavior).

Why is it needed?

When you, as a parent, are constantly criticizing your child for their behavior or attitude, it is sure to damage their self-esteem as well as their decision-making and social skills. It is hard to see the end results in the moment, but we have to remind ourselves that we need to be as uplifting as possible so that the criticism isn’t the only thing they hold onto.

If you need more information about the Nurtured Heart Approach, feel free to contact The Compass For Life at any time.