Responsive Care Giving
Make every child feel loved and cared for.
From birth, children are affected by how they are treated. They develop better and grow healthier when they are surrounded with love and care. Responsive care giving is when parents, family members and other caregivers meet a child’s needs by paying attention to the child’s signals such as body language, facial expressions and other forms of communication.
Positive discipline is better for children and caregivers.
Raising children can be challenging. Most times people resort to hitting children to teach them how to behave well which is not the right way. Positive discipline uses different ways to teach a child good behaviour. It helps a child learn the difference between correct and bad behavior.
Here is why positive discipline is better for children and caregivers:
- It avoids the negative effects of a violent home (research shows that children who grow up in violent homes do not fully develop mentally and tend to become violent adults).
- The caregiver/parent will remain calm, friendly and respectful to the child when teaching good behaviour. This will also help children to learn how to handle tough situations later in life by remaining in control and calm.
- It encourages and rewards good behavior, by highlighting the consequences of bad behaviour. This makes children engage in more of what is considered good behavior.
- It helps the child develop positive relationships and healthy social skills, which in turn makes it easier for parents to deal with them.
Here are some examples of how parents can give Positive Discipline:
- Talk with your children and explain to them why their behavior was bad and what were the consequences of that behavior.
- Make the child take responsibility for the negative consequences of their bad behavior.
- Take away privileges: giving a punishment to a child who has not behaved correctly. A punishment is meant to take away temporarily something the child likes so he/she can understand that a bad behavior has consequences and it will encourage them not to repeat it again.
Fathers’ involvement on a child’s development
Fathers need to get involved and be more present in their children’s lives.
Here is why Father's involvement on children's development is so important:
- Children with fathers who value education and praise children's academic performance generally perform very well in school.
- Children with fathers who talk to them develop higher vocabulary skills. They also learn to view male expression as normal.
- Children who do different activities with their fathers learn to develop positive friendships.
- Supportive fathers help their children to have control over their emotions.
- A healthy father’s relationship with his child’s mother makes the child develop healthy social and emotional skills. It also helps children develop proper understanding of healthy interactions between men and women.
- •Children with fathers who are present and involved from birth have a higher chance of being confident.
Here is a 4 minute video that addresses Responsive and Stimulating Care
Even from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.