Parenting for children’s social and emotional wellbeing requires the use of different strategies for different ages. Mental health for babies starts with a caregiver who is there, aware and cares. Babies need to form a special bond with someone who responds to their neeeds and helps foster a growing sense of themselves as individuals. Toddlers need to have consistent boundaries as they begin to explore their environments. Preschoolers need help understanding their emotions, giving names to feelings, and managing their frustrations. Sometimes children develop challenging behaviour which may require consistent interventional strategies. To change undesired behaviour, families, caregivers and educators can access internet sites for resources. Great resources can be found at http://challengingbehavior.org , http://ecmhc.org/materials_families.html and http://ecmhc.org/TTYC/index.html .
The Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior is a free downloadable resource that includes handouts, techniques, strategies and visuals. The intervention approaches are applicable to all children showing persistent challenging behaviour. Under the heading, Creating Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior, you will find the Turtle Technique which is a method for helping children control anger and handle disappointment. The strategy is carefully explained and is accompanied with a scripted story. Circle Time Tips, Feeling Vocabulary and a Home Kit provide additional resources for families and educators.