Parenting in a post-pandemic world with masking requirements, Zoom school, and social distancing from friends and classmates is hard enough.
Being a parent to a behaviorally challenged and neurodivergent child comes with unique challenges that for many, have been heightened by the pandemic.
Anger, rage, extreme defiance, high anxiety, and other behavioral and mental health issues can take a toll on you and on your relationship with your child.
If you are a parent struggling with how to best support your child, this episode with Dr. Nicole Beurkens was made just for you.
As a licensed clinical psychologist with advanced degrees in psychology, education, and nutrition, Dr. Nicole is the world’s leading holistic child psychologist. She has dedicated over 20 years to providing parents with research-based strategies that get to the root of children’s attention, anxiety, mood, and behavior challenges, so they can reach their highest potential. She runs a multi-disciplinary evaluation and treatment clinic and is a bestselling author, published researcher, award-winning therapist, media expert, and experienced mom of four.
Listen to the full episode to hear:
- Why understanding that your child’s behavior is not about or a reflection of you is key to regulating your own emotional response.
- How to empathetically acknowledge your child’s feelings while enforcing clear boundaries.
- Why effective boundaries are about what you as the adult will or will not do, not what your child will do.
- The basic foundations kids need to support their physiological and neurological functioning.
Nicole and I take a deep dive into how to see your child’s greatness, how to set firm yet compassionate boundaries, specific tools and scripts you can use to interact with your child, and how to help them build the skills they are lacking to help improve their behavior.
We also talk about the importance of diet, sleep, digestion, and hydration, and how a breakdown in these key areas can significantly impact their behavior.
Helping your child develop skills for emotional self-regulation takes time, but consistency, compassion, and hope will help you see and support their strengths as well as their challenges.