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Building Stronger Bonds

Emotional parenting techniques, such as emotion coaching and managing parental emotions, are essential for fostering a strong bond with children and helping them understand and regulate their own feelings. According to the Gottman Institute, good parenting involves emotion, and emotional intelligence is key to being an effective parent [1]. Emotional parenting involves recognizing, understanding, and appropriately responding to the emotions of children. It focuses on nurturing emotional intelligence and creating a supportive environment for children to express and regulate their emotions. 

This approach differs from other parenting styles such as authoritarian, authoritative, permissive, and uninvolved parenting. Unlike authoritarian parenting, which emphasises strict rules with little consideration for a child's feelings, emotional parenting prioritises empathy and communication to help children manage their emotions. In contrast to permissive and uninvolved parenting, emotional parenting seeks to provide guidance and support for children's emotional development, rather than being overly lenient or disengaged. 

Group-based parenting programs have been shown to be effective in improving the overall psychosocial health of parents and the emotional and behavioural problems of children and adolescents. These programs are typically based on theoretical approaches, involve a structured curriculum and various techniques, and aim to improve the knowledge, skills, and parenting practices of parents[2][3].

Our Building Stronger Bonds program has been developed to assist parents enhance their approach to parenting, utilising their emotional intelligence to support their children’s emotional development while also nurturing and building the parent-child bond. 

Contact us if you’d like to find out more about when we are next offering our Building Stronger Bonds program.


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