Through a child's eyes
'Little kids can make a big difference.'
The more we understand our children the more we can help and support them.
One of the ways we can do this is to think about memories of our own childhood and imagine the world from a child's point of view.
Remember what it was like to be a child..
Think about significant things that happened to you as a child and reflect on how they have influenced your life and relationships.
What things did your parents say and do that were important for you?
What would you have liked your parents to have said or done?
What experiences do you want your child to remember?
Children think in different ways to adults. They do not always understand situations in the same way as adults. For example, children can think they are to blame for things that have nothing to do with them.
Try walking in your child's shoes for a while and understand his or her experience of the world. How does it feel to be so small when everyone is so big? What is it like to be unable to find the words to say how you feel?
As adults, it is our responsibility to respect and appreciate children.
- Consult children about things that affect their lives. As adults we must try to balance a child's own wishes and views with what is safe and reasonable. As they get older, allow children to have more say in their own lives. Give your child some choices and be prepared to accept that choice.
- Help children take on responsibilities.
- Understand that children may think and feel differently to the way you do.
- Make sure that children feel listened to. Children need to feel you respect them in order to feel good about themselves.
- Appreciate and celebrate their individuality.
- Make sure children are safe and protected.
Children need you to help them develop and grow.