Workshop on Behaviour & Attitude- Parents Day 2014
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Aug 04, 2014
The behaviour a child demonstrated today perhaps is an indication of how s/he will be as an adult in future. So, while as a parent, we need to encourage positive behaviours, there is also a need to modify the undesirable traits. My child doesn’t listen to a ‘no’? I don’t know how to effectively tackle a temper tantrum? How can I control aggression in my child’s nature?
These are some issues that parents frequently look around for answers on and this is how the idea of this workshop on Child Pscyhology and Behaviour, on 27 July 2014, on the occasion of Parents Day, at Select CITYWALK took seed. The main issues that the workshop deliberated were on effectively communicating a ‘no’ to a child, controlling aggressive behaviour and tantrums, and more importantly encouraging positive behaviours while modifying the negative traits.
To discuss these issues with parents, the panel had renowned Child Psychologist and Family Therapist and Counsellor, Shelja Sen, and Senior School Counsellor, Astha Mahajan and here are some of the highlights of the workshop.
Focus of the workshop
The workshop opened with a simple yet strong presentation by Shelja Sen. Shelja shared her insights with parents on how it is not fair to keep a list of expectations ready from our children and not give them a breathing space in turn. She explained how we all always want our children to be top of the class, be happy, be good, be quiet etc etc etc, but questioned the worth of it. It her words we sometimes lose the essence of parenting and fail to recognise our own child’s worth when caught in the rat race to succeed and have the child succeed. Also, when it comes to controlling a child’s behaviour, she explained how every child has a bit of child in herself and when it is important to say no to them, we should address that adult part of the child meaning talk to the child in an adult manner and explain the situation similarly.
This was followed by a presentation from Astha Mahajan who elaborated on how parents could work in collaboration with schools, and do the best for their children. She discussed that parents need to keep in touch with schools to find out what the child is like in school and how to best work on this.
The experts presentations were followed by eager questions from parents where they asked experts questions on “My child is an introvert, how do I help him?” and “My child talks too much, asks many questions, and does not concentrate on any task, how can I help her?” “My child is very stubborn and doesn’t listen to anything I say, what can I do?”. The experts patiently dealt with each and every query and guided the parents. They also shared some practical, doable tips that the parents could practice at home to control behaviour. All-in-all most parents returned home extremely satisfied with expert inputs and eager to try the tips shared by experts.
Closure of the workshop
The workshop ended on a very relaxed and comfortable note with a thankyou note and small token of appreciation given to all experts. In the end the parents congregated together to thank the experts and the parentune team as well. The partner brand to the workshop, Giggles photography, also made the workshop very special for parents by giving them a free family picture and discount vouchers. Parents queued up to get their pictures clicked and also find out more about the photography venture.
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