REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY
When you think of MENTAL HEALTH what’s the first thing that pops into your head?
Do you ever think about children under the age of 8?
Research suggests that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age 5 so why are there such a lack of resources to support children’s mental health to ensure that they thrive into healthy adults? As a Children Services Practitioner and a parent, one of my main observations was that there was a lack of emotional development mental health interventions for under 10’s to support parents and carers.
“The years from 4-8 are the most important when it comes to a child’s emotional development. We really should focus all our efforts on our child’s developing emotions and sense of who they are at this age.”(WeParent)
As my son is due to start the transition to a new school In September, this resource has come at the perfect time to equip him with self awareness, social skills and the ability to manage potentially difficult situations within his own environment. Therefore, I am extremely excited to be reviewing this amazing parents guide to mental health for children. EVERY parent should have access to this resource not only are you investing in your child’s mental health but it acts as an early intervention for parents who maybe struggling with elements of their child’s development.
Why is your child’s emotional development important
As children grow, they are exposed to varying situations including the transition into school. Therefore having the ability to regulate and manage emotions is imperative as situations they encounter will become more complex. The way children are supported to manage emotions at a young age will significantly influence the way in which they cope with life experiences.
SO WHO ARE WEPARENT
“A psychologist in your pocket”
What I love about the founders of the WeParent is that one has 40 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist, and the other is a father which I think is the perfect recipe for a successful collaboration. Knowing that the co founders have an understanding of how challenging it can be to be a parent coupled with the expertise of a clinical psychologist is invaluable.
WeParent are committed to positive mental health. Everyday our children face challenges that will test their coping skills, and as their parents, you want to know you’ve done everything possible to help them. Mental illness is on the rise, but you can do something about it for your own child by giving them the skills they need to deal with their emotions, cope with stress and be happy in their own skin. The best time to start is during the mid-childhood years. WeParent’s mission is to give you the tools to be the best parent you can be. We are your psychologist in your pocket”
We parent has an online module library which comprises of 6 categories with 33 modules in total. They also offer a ‘MODULE OF THE WEEK’ which changes on a weekly basis.
⁃ Preventing bullying
⁃ Friendships & social skills
⁃ Positive sense of self
⁃ Sibling rivalry
⁃ Dealing with Grief “module of the week”
Once you have selected a topic, the site will give you an overview of learning outcomes and what is expected within the module. What I love is that each module is broken down into small sections making it easier to progress through the module. I also found this simplified the way I was able to work with my child. I chose to work on one section per day which allowed for reflection. Each module provides “fun facts” and “quotes from parents” which helps bring the topic to life.
After receiving the learning outcomes you then progress onto “GO TO STRATEGIES” which offers you a holistic tool kit for parents to utilise when talking to their child about ‘bullying’ for example. The beauty of this segment Is that is has two key components:
1.WeParent “Top tips” – offers parents advice on how long they may spend on a topic and how to question and discuss sensitive topics with your child.
2.WeParent “Road block” – Road block considers difficulties that you may encounter as a parent. For example in the ‘bullying’ section it supports parents to engage with their child who is being bullied.
As this is an online portal you literally do have a “psychologist in your pocket” making it easier to work on modules from the comfort of your home, coupled with ability to refer back to a module as and when required.
I have been working on the topic of bullying with my son for the last 2 weeks and I can honestly say that I have observed an increase in his ability to be assertive. Not only that he has been able to identify in his own words what he thinks bullying is, he has even transferred his skills by giving examples from his nursery experience. My sons ability to be assertive and deal with challenging situations is something that I have worried about naturally as a mother. However the tool has been absolutely invaluable.
In approximately 3 months time I will be doing a follow up review of all the topics so I can offer a holistic review of each module.
1. WeParent focuses on early intervention.
2. It is supported by psychologists
3. It is an online toolkit that can be used on the go.
4. WeParent is extremely user friendly
5. It focuses on real life situations that your children WILL face in their lives.
6. The guide can be adapted by the parent dependent on age and ability
7. Although this resource is for 4-8 years old this can easily be adapted for older children. Particularly for those who may have additional learning needs.
8. The website is bright coloured and very inviting.
So to celebrate this amazing site I am giving away 10 FREE 12 Month Subscriptions.
To enter all you need to do is comment on my blog post what you would like to use ‘We Parent’ for? For example:
Confidence and self esteem
Terms & Conditions
- The giveaway ends at 12am on 20/07/2018.
- Winners will be chosen at random.
- Worldwide entrants encouraged
You can keep up with WeParent on the following social media’s.