Celebrating parents!

family of four walking at the street
By Psychologist Christine Flavel

Parents and carers, today we celebrate YOU!

We know there can be some incredibly difficult times in caring for and raising children. It may be that our kids are having challenges, we’re having challenges that affect how we spend time with and communicate with our kids or even external things like lockdowns, not enough sleep in the family, grief and loss and so many other things that are out of our control.

You’re doing a great job!

June 1 is Global Day of the Parent and the team at Northern Centre for Child Development are taking the opportunity to pause and say WELL DONE and let you know that you are appreciated! We see you, and what an amazing job you’re doing.

On this special day, we encourage to take up the challenge of trying these two things:

  1. Spending time with carers and family plays such an important role in child development. This week, try to spend some quality time with your kids – you might only get 10 good minutes depending on attention span (and what side of the bed they’ve woken up from!) but enjoy the bonding time and know that this one thing can make a big difference.
  2. Do something nice for you. Again, it might only be 10 minutes depending on your commitments, but take a moment to be your own friend. It might be listening to a great song uninterrupted, buying yourself a cupcake, or making a dinner reservation to look forward to. You deserve it!

Thank you for your commitment to care for and raise great children.

Christine is a registered psychologist undertaking endorsement in Educational & Developmental psychology.  Christine has worked with a range of ages (children, youth and adults) in helping them understand mental health concerns including anxiety and depression, support with coping through stress and change, and setting and achieving goals. Christine also conducts psychoeducational and diagnostic assessments primarily for learning difficulties, autism and ADHD. Using a strengths based approach and working with clients to find what works for them, Christine will often utilise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to explore and achieve client goals. Outside the clinic, Christine enjoys spending time with her puppy and eating cruffins (croissant muffins).

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