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.
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.
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.
How can we make our child to go to sleep easily and without hesitation, to sleep peacefully and wake up in the morning well rested, is a question many parents ask. There are several answers to that, primarily depending on your child's age and overall psycho-physical status, as well as parents' characteristics and family atmosphere.
We define emotional intelligence as the ability to perceive our and other people's emotions, to clearly identify them, understand and control them. In its practical sense it refers to emotional and social skills. It is focused on the role of emotions in our everyday life, the way they influence our reasoning and behaviour and how we can use them as efficiently as possible.
Written by: Renata Ćorić Špoljar, Psychologist, MA
The bond between parents and the child is sometimes very simple, and sometimes it is the most complicated relationship in the world. We often hear that love is the only thing necessary for the relationship to be good and for the child to be provided with everything s/he needs to grow into a healthy and happy individual.
Puberty is the period in child development which most often starts at the age of 12 and finishes at 15, with the start of adolescence. It is a time when parents need to prepare for major changes to happen in all aspects of their child's development.