Neuro-linguistic programming, or NLP, brings together the mind, language and the notion of programming, or informing the brain, how the two relate to each other. In looking at how we use language to create our model of the world, NLP explores how the dynamic between mind and language affects our state of mind, behaviour and even our physiology.
This is of course just as relevant to children as to adults, with the added advantage that children’s minds are receptive to new ideas, as they have not yet lived a lifetime of interpreting the world according to received ideas which may or may not be helpful.
Parents encounter so many challenges in bringing up their children to be the best they can be. Dealing with, and rising above, their own emotions in so many circumstances. From feeling over-protective and learning to allow their children to learn from their mistakes, to managing anger and frustration when conflict arises.
NLP can help both parents and children, from baby blues following birth, through the terrible twos and the trying teens. Visualisation and ‘parts’ techniques can help with issues as diverse as lack of confidence and potty training. It can also help undo negative trains of thought that may have unknowingly crept into parents’ language, even when trying their best to be encouraging and helpful.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can help children to use their brain to better effect, right from the start, using the most appropriate language to understand and express themselves. This in turn can help engender strategies for life, and for success.
Examples of how NLP can help children include:
- Learning ability, and supporting your child’s learning
- Confidence and high self-esteem;
- Setting and achieving goals
- Developing empathy and positive socialisation
- Maintaining both mental and physical health
- Harmony at home, including preventing anger and fear issues, and finding win-win solutions to household disagreements.
It can help parents to parent with confidence, while tackling either general communication and behaviour patterns, or shining a spotlight on specific challenges.