What is Therapeutic Parenting?
The aim of therapeutic parenting is to enable the child to recover from the trauma that they have experienced. This is done by developing new pathways in the child’s brain to help them to link cause and effect, reduce their levels of fear and shame, and to help them to start to make sense of their world.
Therapeutic Parenting is a deeply nurturing parenting style, with a foundation of self-awareness and a central core of mentalization, developed from consistent, empathic,insightful responses to a child’s distress and behaviours; allowing the child to begin to self-regulate, develop an understanding of their own behaviours and ultimately form secure attachments.
Therapeutic Parenting, does NOT mean that the parent is practising different therapies on their child!
Therapeutic Parenting is different from standard, or traditional parenting, in that it does not;
Use time out use any form of corporal punishment
Put the child in shame
Use reward charts
Expect the child to be able to self-regulate
Expect the child to feel empathy and remorse