Ability to Love, Impulse Control and Moral reasoning
Parenting the At Risk Child
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2. Competency: Competency means the ability to do the tasks of life. Having competency gives a person a sense of power and control. Because of the social dominance drive, we all need that sense of power and control. Children/teens/adults who do not gain power and control through competency, either become depressed, or at the other extreme aggressive.

Prevent depression and aggression in your grade school child by fostering his competency! Grade school children need to develop many skills. They need to believe they CAN do things. Academic skills, and hobbies like music are most important. Another skill grade school children need to master is impulse control. The Parent's store offers a line of products to help you build your grade school child's competency.

3. Autonomy: Autonomy means freedom to make our own good choices. Parents who are overly controlling undermine a child's well-being, and fail with at risk kids. However, when a grade school child has poor impulse control, it is difficult for a parent NOT to be too controlling. Just Like His Father? and The Child Well-Being Workbook will teach you how to avoid this trap.

Making good choices requires Moral Reasoning Ability. Just Like His Father? and The Child Well-Being Workbook will help you enhance your grade school child's Moral Reasoning Ability.

For parenting advice on how to teach your child to love, have impulse control, and moral reasoning ability, see Just Like His Father?

Grade School

The grade school years are a special time in the life of a person!

Why are the grade school years so special and important? There are two main reasons. Your child's brain is still growing and changing. More importantly though, the sex hormones that influence teen and adult behavior are very low in children between 5 and 11. Because hormone levels are low, children are free to learn to enjoy pleasures other than sex and social dominance.

When puberty hits, tweens and teens become preoccupied with sex and social status. If a child has not learned to enjoy academics and constructive hobbies like playing music, by the end of 5th grade, he will have a more difficult time being productive and successful in middle school and high school.

Start today helping your grade school child devlop the life habits that bring real well-being! Well-being comes from three things in our lives. These tree things are relatedness, competency and autonomy. Relatedness, or quality love relationships, reduce stress and support physical and mental health. Competency, or the ability to do the tasks of life allowa a child/teen/adult to feel powerful without being aggressive. Autonomy means freedom from relationships that are overly controlling. In order to ave well-being your grade school child must learn to make his own good choices.

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1. Relatedness: Grade school children need to have close family relationships. In addition, grade school children need to learn how to be a good friend. Close relationships and friendships depend on a person having the Ability to Love.

What can I do to make sure my grade schooler fully develops his Ability to Love? At risk children often struggle to learn to love family and friends. This is like any other learning disability that has to be overcome with special teaching.

Parents have to provide the special teaching that is necessary to help at risk children learn to love. No mental health professional, therapist or school teacher can take the place of a parent when it comes to this job.

It is important for a grade school child to have friendships with peers and loving relationships with siblings. These loving relationships support a child's well-being and prepare him for life. Just Like His Father and The Child Well-Being Workbook give you step by step instructions for developing your grade school child's Ability to Love.

Tweens and Teens whose parents taught them to love during the grade school years and earlier have an easier time adjusting.

Relatedness, or quality relationships with others depends on more than just ability to love. A child can be affectionate but lack self control. This lack of self control or impulse control, can interfere with his relationships. For example, a child's bad temper, constant competitiveness, or inability to share can poison his friendships. It is therefore essential that parents of at risk children also teach them to have impulse control. Just Like His Father and The Child Well-Being Workbook give you step by step instructions for developing your grade school child's Impulse Control.

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