mainly music is a fun and social time for the whole family – but it’s also much more than that! There’s physical, spiritual and educational connection points in what we do.
Here’s a summary of an article from the Brainwave Trust Aotearoa about how we can help our children develop in a complicated world.
Why Parents can be Real Super-Heroes!
You probably don’t need to be told that parents need to have super-powers – just getting through the night sometimes requires super-human strength!
Superman and Wonder Woman are called upon to Serve, Rescue and Protect. And while we may not wear a cape (although…you may!) our role as parents also requires us to be the servers, rescuers and protectors in our children’s lives.
In her article “Our own set of scales: risk and protective factors”, Sue Younger from the Brainwave Trust Aotearoa describes how we all live with an unique set of scales – with risk factors on one side, and protective factors on the other. Young children need us to try to minimise their risk factors, and maximise their protective factors.
Risk factors for young children include poverty, stressed or depressed parents, family conflict or violence and alcohol or drug abuse in the home.
Some of these things we have little control over – however the good news is that there are protective factors which can even out and counter the risks.
According to Younger, protective factors for children include:
- People around you who listen to you.
- People who talk with you in a positive way, in language you can understand, and who encourage you when you do something good.
- People who sing to you.
- People who read to you.
- People who spend time with you.
- People who play with you and make you laugh………………and many more!
Sue Younger, Brainwave Trust Aotearoa
You really don’t need super powers to be your child’s protector. But if you are there for them, minimising their risks and maximising their protection – you are indeed the real super hero in their lives.
To read the full article from Brainwave Trust Aotearoa, click here.