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Volunteer trauma counseling : Garden Route fires The Garden Route fires catapulted me into non-stop serving mode last month, as I volunteered in my hometown of Plettenberg Bay.  From Wednesday 7th June, children and adults alike have been in much need of containment, reassurance and nurturing care.  As raging fires continued to destroy vast areas, various churches and schools became evacuation centers filled with bedding, food,...

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Guidelines to helping children deal with traumatic experiences : Garden Route fires Helping children deal with traumatic experiences like the recent Garden Route fires involves a lot of constant reassurance.   A child’s entire sense of safety in the world can feel shattered when experiencing something traumatic.  A traumatic event is seen as something – sudden, unexpected and life threatening.  The recent Garden Route...

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Children’s common responses to traumatic events Watch this 5 minute video to help understand children’s common responses to traumatic events – especially filmed in relation to the recent Garden Route fires. A traumatic event is something that is sudden, unexpected, potentially life threatening. There are common responses to such challenging experiences.  It’s natural for children to show a range of these...

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Video : How kids cope with challenges Watch how Carol explains the different ways in which kids cope with challenges.  It’s great to remember that many things we don’t find stressful as adults, can be very stressful for children.  Because their behavior is an expression of how they are feeling and what they are needing, when things change a lot, or they are under stress, we will usually notice a big change in...

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Understanding your child’s behaviour and responding positively Ever wish you could be inside your child’s head for a moment to figure out what’s making them do what they do? Tired of getting the shrug of shoulders when you ask them why they did something? By understanding that children live in a world of feelings (without easily expressing feelings in words), and are showing us their feelings through their actions, our whole...

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Video : Why kids misbehave


Posted By on May 29, 2017

Video: #TuesdayTip on why kids misbehave Watch Carol explain why kids misbehave – and how their behavior is simply the tip of the iceberg.  Beneath every behaviour is a need. And underneath each need is a feeling and/or belief.  When children need attention they will look for it in healthy ways unless they are not getting that need met.  When this happens they turn to unhealthy/negative ways to get their need for attention met....

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