A glorious collection of musings from founder and MaMa TIger, Rachel Davis. Because perspective is everything.
If I asked you what you wanted for your child, I know you would want your child to be happy, but I also bet you would want them to believe in themselves. But what is a belief and why are they so important?
Our belief’s are the very essence of who we are. They are the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, what we are capable of and who we think we're going to be. And these stores are planted in our minds in early childhood. Between the ages of 2 and 7, our children are in a hyper learning phase called the imprinting stage, which is essential for our survival. Our brainwaves are in theta, which is much slower than when we are adults and it makes us highly suggestible, but it means that we are absorbing everything around us and accepting it as fact. It's one of the reasons that childhood is so magical. We believe everything. But that’s the good stuff and the bad stuff. This programme is then what we use on a largely unconscious basis, to run ...
Quite often hyperactivity in children can be really difficult to handle, but it's the symptom, not the problem, It's the outward behaviour that is showing us that the nervous system has just been on high alert for too long. It's more often a sign of stress or trauma in children, which is an emotional problem rather than a physical one and it shows us a huge need in the child for connection and a need for safety, which takes time and understanding. Our children learn to co-regulate their emotions long before they are able to soothe themselves and when we understand that, it really helps us to change our responses to our child, in order to help them feel safe. It helps us understand that we have to take responsibility for our own stress and anxiety, so that we can become the safe container for our children's emotional needs.
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A child's mental and emotional world is everything. And it's no different for us as adults. I invite you to think about a time in your life that has been particularly emotional or stressful...were you able to focus? Learn? Be amazing at your job? Or were you all over the place?
Our children are no different, yet we seem to be so much focus on our children's external worlds - teaching them the abc's, or to count and think, that we're not teaching them what really matters, which is how to manage internal landscape of thoughts and feelings. How to manage their racing thoughts, anxiety and fear. How to deal with difficult emotions and to give both them and parents help with dealing with these things, because that's how we raise a whole child. That's how we help parents bring up emotionally healthy children. Children who can live and love to their full potential.
And the best way to teach children anything, is through love, fun and music
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