Entry 2–for caregivers

WHAT AM I DOING?—PART I
I am welcoming caregivers with children of all ages and mental health professionals to check out my new book—ABCs for Rediscovering Family Connections: An Interactive Workbook for Caregivers as a valuable resource to step back and reflect on the dynamics of family interactions from a new perspective. I invite you the reader to join an ongoing conversation related to healing and/or enriching the quality of family relationships; particularly the attachment between children and their caregivers.
I am an optimistic person who believes in the endless possibilities caregivers have to reinvent or create who they want to be as caregivers despite the busyness of life. I felt led to create this book due to concerns about parents seeming to be distracted by the overwhelming responsibilities of being and adult. This in turn has led many caregivers to lose touch with the simple things they can do to raise healthier children. I am referring to children who feel good about who they are, are able to express their thoughts and feelings in a heartfelt constructive manner and are open to interact with others in their communities and the world at large.
My book is intended to help caregivers to reflect on how they parent in the moment and its long term consequences—the good and the bad. The process of caregivers slowing down and being present is paramount to a child’s development on multiple levels. There will always be dishes to wash, laundry to be cleaned and put away, floors to be vacuumed and mopped, yards to be mowed, bills to be paid, etc. These can be the mundane facets of life, or they could be opportunities to teach life skills, build self-confidence and fashion healthier relationships.
My book will provide prescriptive tasks that will help you the caregiver in trying other ways to respond to your child’s actions, in ways to guide or teach your child about life, in ways to acknowledge your humanness, in ways to modify your home environment physically and emotionally, etc. I often wonder if caregivers realize how much power they possess in their children’s lives related to what they say or do daily or in the long-term as well as what they don’t say or do. Taking this into account, I believe it is never too late to break negative interactional cycles and to create more positive ones.

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