Sometimes children and young people (and their families) may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behavior. Schools often provide professionals to help young people and their families, such as learning or behavior mentors, family liaison officers or professionals from external services. However some children and young people, or their families, may decide to seek further help in the form of counseling.
Counseling children and young people involves helping the child to develop a positive attitude to life, recognize their strengths and express themselves. It does not involve making decisions for the child, imposing beliefs on them or preaching. Counseling may be provided to children and young people on their own, or it may be provided to a child as part of a family (family counseling).
Know your child is one of the most important things that you should learn as a parent. It is the basis for effectively in guiding and nurturing your child as they grow .Each child has a unique personality trait that remains consistent throughout life.
One of the ways of understanding your child is by observing them as they sleep, eat, or play. Look for the consistent traits. Which activities do they like best? Is adjusting to changes easy for them or do they need time to become familiar with these things? These things are the normal characteristics of a child.
Make time to talk to your children as this is important aspect to gaining information and understanding. In the case of young children, they require less verbal language and more facial expression and body language in order to understand their thoughts and feelings. Asking questions will allow children to share their feelings, encouraging talking about feelings.