In the science of child development and the capabilities of adults we find a set of principles that practitioners in different sectors use to improve outcomes for children and their families.
• Support responsive relationships for children and adults.
• Strengthen main life skills.
• Reduce causes of stress in the lives of children and their families.
These principles usually guide practitioners to choose approaches and practices to maintain healthy brain and body. At an individual level practitioner focus on skill-building for kids and adults. At a human level, they would focus on the role of relationships in promoting healthy development, supportive parenting, and economic productivity. At a social level a practitioner would focus on reducing causes of stress that keep on challenging parents to thrive in their role and affecting children’s life.
According to scientists all the experiences that children undergoes early in life and the environment in which they take place, all these features affect their brain architecture as well as their genes. Therefore, our ability to flourish in life is related to all the experiences we go through and how healthy, supportive, and responsive they tend to be.
The biology of stress explains to us how hardships lead to behavioral and physiological disruptions that can have a long-lasting outcome. Not all stress is bad, because children must be exposed to manageable stress to develop a healthy stress response. However too much stress can be poisonous to a child’s brain. As for adults, too much stress forbids them to engage productively in work and in society. Here comes our protective stress shield in the shape of our supportive family and friends.
1. Back to principles, principle one support responsive relationships will promote a child healthy development and they can model this responsive relation with one another, making them responsive parents in the future. Brain architecture is made of trillions of connections among neurons. These connections enable lightning-fast communication among neurons that specialize in different kinds of brain functions.
2. Strengthen core life skills, skills that manage life, work, and relations. These skills are not innate they are developed through time with practice. The brain needs this skill to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, remember rules and goals, and control impulses. These skills are necessary for learning and development. They also help us make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.
Early in life we start learning these skills, like following rules, focusing attention, later in life we can still learn, but if the foundation is weak it requires more effort.
Here are examples on how to apply this principle:
• Adopt coaching models that help individuals.
• Focus on small, subsequent steps with frequent feedback.
• Create regular opportunities to learn and practice new skills in age-appropriate contexts.
As for the third principle on reducing the causes of stress, some factors we have no control on and we cannot eliminate, however we can reduce the pile of stress.
Below are examples of ways to apply this to practice:
• Help parents create a constant and supportive home environment.
• Routinely assess the process.
• Provide workers in the service programs with the support they need.
To wrap it up this is our best chance to create a positive change to help parents provide a safe environment to help children stay on a healthy development track. For more insights do not hesitate to contact us on CHILDRENS LIVE STAGE SHOW