For parents

Depression in children and adolescents

Challenge of parenting Stresfull events Topics The truth is that depression does not affect only adults, but children and adolescents, too. Depression is a disease as are diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is believed to be the disease of the future. World Health Organisation estimates that it will soon become the second public health issue in the world.

Published: 04.04.2017. | Read more >

The Role of an Imaginary Friend in Child Development

Child development Topics It is not rare that, while their child is playing, parents hear him/her child talking as if playing with someone. Children often talk with themselves or with their toys. That conversation may be aimed at giving life to characters in the game, and sometimes it may be a conversation between the child and an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends may be invisible or they may be dolls or other toys which are visible.

Published: 04.04.2017. | Read more >

We are celebrating the Safer Internet Day: Protecting the safety of children growing up in the online world

Challenge of parenting Topics On the occasion of the Safer Internet Day, which is on 7 February this year, celebrated under the motto "Be the change: Unite for a better Internet", we have prepared a short memorandum about the most important guidelines for parents to protect children in the online world.

Published: 07.02.2017. | Read more >

Emotional support to the families of children with developmental disabilities

Stresfull events Topics The moment parents are informed that their child has been born with or has acquired some developmental disability is remembered, because it is something which completely changes family life in the long run. Every parent experiences a process of mourning and abandoning fantasies about the child held before, all in a very short period of time. Then there is the phase of recovery and adjustment to new circumstances of family life. Various studies showed that timely counselling and informing about the nature of their child's disability, as well as about the possibilities of recovery and education, significantly reduce parental stress and their concerns and help them in the process of adjustment to raising their child.

Published: 07.02.2017. | Read more >

The Role of Grandparents in Bringing up Their Grandchildren – Parents’ Helpers

Child development Topics Almost on a daily basis, in our clinical practice we meet parents who are helped in bringing up their children by their own parents. We also meet children who share their experience, play and activities with their grandparents. We should bear in mind that most children experience their first relationships and connections in their families with their primary carers or persons who take care of them. Such experience is very important because the child transfers it to his/her future experience in adolescence and adulthood. Thus parents transfer their own parents' experience into their relationship with their children.

Published: 11.01.2017. | Read more >

Trauma of Abuse: Important to Have in Mind

Abused child There is a number of definitions of child abuse and neglect (medical, psychological, social-protective, legal). Defining the meaning of child abuse and neglect, it is important to take into account two assessments: parental/carer behaviours on one, and impact on the child on the other hand. Child abuse includes everything individuals, institutions or processes do or fail to do, which directly or indirectly harms the child or imposes risks for his/her healthy and safe development into adulthood.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

Father’s Role

Child development During the past two decades the role of the father in the child's life has been discussed again, as if the father had been put "aside". Although older scientific literature mentions mother as the first object for the child, it is often not emphasised that the father is not exempt from the child's life and that the child builds his/her relationship with the father from birth, separate from the relationship with the mother.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

Your adolescent is exposed to partner abuse: How to talk about it

Challenge of parenting Adolescence is a period when young people are finally separating from their primary family, they are not children any more and not adults yet. Young people feel a strong urge for independence and making decisions about themselves and their lives. Consistent with developmental processes, they strongly resist advice from adults.

Published: 11.10.2016. | Read more >

GROWING UP ON THE INTERNET: Restoring childhood safety

Challenge of parenting Topics Nowadays generations of children and youth are growing up immersed in the virtual world. Their constant connection to the Internet has been confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Brave Phone and the Child Protection Centre of Zagreb. It shows that 99% of the youth have an access to the Internet, and that as many of them as 84% access the Internet via their mobile phones. High percentage (93) of children have a profile on Facebook, and 68% of them opened a profile before they were 13.

Published: 30.08.2016. | Read more >

Joint custody – questions and dilemmas

Parental divorce Questions about joint child care after parental separation and divorce have been engaging the interest of professionals of various profiles: social workers, family physicians, psychologists, psychiatrist, jurists and attorneys and institutions and bodies involved in custody decisions. All involved in the process of making custody decisions understand the level of responsibility when safety and stability of child development and future are at stake.

Published: 10.05.2016. | Read more >

The Impact of Toxic Stress on Child’s Brain

Stresfull events Toxic stress in childhood is a theme of significant and increasing interest. There are numerous reasons for that, accumulated through the years of research, which provide conclusive evidence that stress/trauma causes many short and long term effects in children, thus imposing a risk for a series of diseases in their adult life. For example, it significantly increases the incidence of myocardial infarction and lung cancer, as well as immunological and malignant diseases in adulthood, in comparison with the population not exposed to stress in childhood. We are not writing here about the stress related to everyday activities and challenges of growing up, but about the stress related to family violence, to witnessing physical violence, exposure to corporal punishment, neglect, sexual abuse, peer bullying and similar.

Published: 10.05.2016. | Read more >

Should children feel bored?

Family time Today, surrounded by constant stimulation, the thought that the child is bored leads parents to increasing time structuring for their child.

Published: 10.05.2016. | Read more >

Why is the Number of Children Diagnosed with Autism on the Increase?

Challenge of parenting Topics Awareness of a need of adequate diagnostic tests increased with increasing knowledge about autism. It has led to an increase of the number of newly diagnosed patients. In Denmark, diagnostic criteria were expanded in 1994.

Published: 09.05.2016. | Read more >

How can we assist child coping with disease of family member

Stresfull events How we can tell the child that his/her mother, father, brother or sister are sick so that the does not experience that as a huge stress depends on the age of the child. We should be guided by the need to communicate true information in a way which the child can understand. It is of utmost importance that the child feels protected by the caring approach of a close person. Therefore, the person who talks to the child should be the one who can cope with his/her anxiety in a balanced manner and show an honest and caring stance. The child needs to be informed about the treatment and what consequently may change in everyday activities of the family.

Published: 09.05.2016. | Read more >

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