“Parenting is probably one of the hardest jobs an adult will undertake,” notes Dr Carolyn Webster-Stratton, founder of The Incredible Years programme, “but probably also the one for which the least amount of training and preparation is provided.”
Parenting can be an emotional rollercoaster: many parents feel anxiety over their child’s vulnerability, anger when they refuse to cooperate, guilt when they struggle, a sense of loss as they grow up. This can be hard to regulate, especially when children have behavioural issues.
Studies show that children with challenging behaviour are at a higher risk of experiencing maltreatment – especially in terms of neglect and emotional abuse. In many cases, this maltreatment is unpremeditated and results from high stress levels.
Parenting programmes such as The Incredible Years are one of most effective ways to prevent unpremeditated maltreatment. These programmes promote positive parenting – a parenting strategy that encourages mutual respect, creativity, realistic expectations and self-care as a parent.
While parents must be confident and ready for inevitable problems and conflicts, there is always room for what Dr Webster-Stratton calls “flexibility, whimsy and creativity”. She continues, “There is no magic blueprint or pat formula for parenting.”
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