Often we focus on what happens when things go wrong. We focus on pathology and on a child’s challenges. We also beat ourselves up for being imperfect and our own deficiencies in parenting. Although it’s important to look at what we can all work on and improve, it’s equally, if not more important to look at our strengths. One of those strengths lies in your ability to connect!
Connection is something innately wired in all of us. This is what we crave as humans. Start noticing how you connect with your little one. Make eye contact, provide a supportive hug, lean in, show interest, join in on an activity, and praise your little one for any small victory they accomplished today. If you do this, behavioral change has room to breathe and manifest!