What is Therapeutic Parenting?

Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing parenting approach, with empathy at it’s core.

Therapeutic Parenting uses firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain so children may gain trust in adults. And so their lower brain(survival brain) may connect with their higher brain (prefrontal cortex/thinking brain) so they can link cause and effect.

Using boundaries and routines helps children to understand there is consistency and predictably in their lives (they know they will have breakfast, lunch, and tea plus snacks). Therapeutic Parenting advises you to use visual timetables to support you children with this.

Respond with empathy using the PACE model (playfulness to connect and diffuse a situation, acceptance of the child whilst not accepting of aggression, curiosity to detect your child’s need, all steeped in empathy).

Watch the below video by Therapeutic Parenting Expert and Best Selling Author, Sarah Naish, to further your understanding of Therapeutic Parenting.

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