WELCOME TO THE PUZZLES OF PARENTHOOD
Introduction to The Puzzles of Parenthood
Welcome to The Puzzles of Parenthood. I created this website because as a parent, I am baffled. Well and truly, utterly perplexed by children and how they operate. Fortunately, I have a passion for understanding human psychology and behaviours and what makes us, well, human.
It was this passion that led me to create The Mind Trap - a blog that provides adult-centred information around self-growth, mental health, social issues and more, which will soon feature a tonne of information around human development which can be a great tool in understanding our peers, friends, family and even our children.
It must be noted that I am in no way a professional in any of these fields – I have had zero academic training – I just utilise books, the Internet and courses in the way they were intended for. Of course, given this, I will not always be factually correct. Some pieces will be based on research and evidence, and others, thought and philosophy.
The Puzzles of Parenthood was created with the sole intention of providing factual, informational, thought-provoking material for parents, caregivers and their children, primarily focusing on children’s mental health and well-being.
It should also be noted that not every piece of writing here will be based on evidence or research, and I will clearly state this at the beginning of any post that is a “think piece”.
Mental health is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for developing children. Learning about mental health, coping skills, self-reflection and evaluation can be brilliant for our well-being. Research suggests the same for children. Here are some resources.
Workbooks and Sheets
Self-reflection is a wonderful tool for people of all ages. It encourages a healthy ability to place accountability, recognise their mistakes and decide how to move forward.
Self-care can feel difficult to children, so let's simplify it and make it easier for them! Everyone deserves to feel good, so join in on the activities and see what makes you feel better!
Explore the world of thinking errors! We all have them, yes even you caregivers! The best way to correct thinking errors is to become aware of them. Use this booklet to talk to your children about their and your own thinking errors.
Refer to this self-esteem journal with your child daily for a few minutes. If they don't want to write down their answers, you could always write them down for them or you could use a voice recording app to capture their responses. Using this self-esteem journal will encourage more positive thinking patterns, focusing on the good.