Parents Under Pressure
There is a documentary on TV tonight which I think many parents will find very interesting. It is called Parents Under Pressure and is presented by Sophie Rayworth.
In fact she appeared on BBC Breakfast last week discussing the programme and as a mother of three young children, she seemed very impressed with what she discovered in her research.
As I write this, the programme has not been aired. This however is my understanding of the programme and why I am sure it will be well worth watching.
Of course like many things in life what Parents Under Pressure espouses is not rocket science. So here is the theory; children particularly those under the age of eight, will benefit greatly from their parents spending fifteen minutes dedicated time each day with them.
Sounds simple doesn’t it? Well there is one small catch – actually for most of us it can be a very big catch. This time has to be spent on each child and while we are not engaged in any other activity and there are no interruptions.
It is also important that this is a child centred fifteen minutes. This means that there is no telling off, no questioning, in fact nothing from you the parent. This has to be completely child lead, play and conversation.
Results indicate that just this small amount of dedicated time each day spent communicating and listening to your child will lead to improvement in behaviour and the parent child relationship.
I have only one small thing to add to that – and that is I think it would benefit children of all ages. I clearly remember when my two youngest were still high chair bound and making demands on me while we were eating dinner one evening. My fourteen year old daughter reverted to toddler behaviour, by banging her fist down hard on the table and shouted “Listen to me Mum”
Mmm that was a bit of a wake-up call for me. Clearly she was not getting the attention she deserved.
To find out more visit the following link Parents Under Pressure