Does your child have an imaginary friend or do they have a favourite soft toy that they cling to and take with them everywhere they go? These may seem like meaningless behaviours to you, but looking at this from a different perspective, these behaviours can be quite reflective of how your child is feeling. It can also indirectly help you guide your children and understand them better.
Feelings of fear and anxiety are experienced not only by adults but by children as well. Children may have fears and anxieties as they have more experiences and explore more of the world. The way parents approach such situations and behaviours is critical for a child’s growth and development. Parents can learn to recognize and help their children manage such emotions with sympathy and understanding. They can also learn to look for signs if their child needs professional help.
Our Director and Professional Counsellor & EMDR Therapist, Faith Foo shares in January’s HealthToday magazine her perspective on child behaviour and offers guidance to parents in helping them navigate their child’s emotional and cognitive development.