Monday, 2 June 2014

Parenting tips on helping your child to heal

When my children were young, they had various health issues that confounded traditional medicine.   
 It was a naturopath who determined that my son Sam’s chronic strept throat was a result of a severe dairy allergy and a craniosacral therapist that helped my youngest overcome chronic pain.  When a child has chronic health problems, it can be very stressful, especially when you don’t know what to do or how to help.  
In addition to seeking out practitioners, it’s essential that we, as parents, create a safe and loving atmosphere within which our child can heal.  
Here’s a few things you can do:
  • Take care of your own emotional fitness - the more in charge you are of your thoughts and emotions, the more effective you will be in supporting yourself, your child and your partner
  • Expect that things are going to get better
  • Work collaboratively and support and respect each other’s point of view
  • Stick to the facts rather than catastrophizing about the future or blaming each other for the current situation. 
  • Be mindful of your thoughts - It’s easy to get obsessed with illness-be sure and focus on health and positive things. 
  • Take the time to do fun things together and deliberately bring humour into your life.
Marian Meade

Relationship Coach

Ottawa Holistic Wellness 

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