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Basics of Pediatric Psychology and How Nannies Can Apply Them in Work

To say that caring for a child is hard is an understatement as there is absolutely nothing as physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. However, there is also nothing more fulfilling—especially when you see the child grow up to be a well-rounded adult. I know there is no universal formula when it comes to looking after kids, but there are a few pointers following the basics of pediatric psychology that can be very helpful and effective, too.

Discipline without anger and violence

Clinical psychologist Laura Markham says that children learn what they live, which means the most effective way to teach kids good manners, values, and discipline is through modeling. I try to be a good example by following house rules like cleaning up after myself, saying please, and expressing gratitude. Dr. Markham also pointed out that being punished could make a child angrier and more defensive. What I do to effectively teach discipline is to regulate my own emotions first. I empathize with their feelings, too, and give them the support they need when they already feel bad about making a mistake. I try to connect with every child I care for as well, before I talk about bad behavior.

Be mindful about the environment of the child

Research published on Mom Junction noted that the child’s environment greatly influences their emotional and brain development. This in turn has an effect on language and cognitive skills, so I’m always making sure that I’m helping kids learn positive values. This way, my teachings and values can complement the lessons given by the child’s parents.

Try not to let social class rule the child’s values

Social class also play an important role in child development. According to Very Well Mind article on Child Psychology, kids raised in households that are within the high socioeconomic class have better access to opportunities. Meanwhile, kids who grow up in a lower socioeconomic class may have less access to quality education, nutrition, and healthcare. These can affect a child’s behavior, confidence, and values. For example, if the child grows up surrounded by more nannies than they actually need, they may grow up too dependent of them and miss out on opportunities to learn important life lessons on their own. I try to make sure that every child I care for doesn’t get everything they demand, all of the time. I am there to help, but they need to pitch in, too.

Remember that all three of these work hand in hand together. It is vital to consider them in your duties because childhood is the stage where they establish their foundations and morals that will be carried on all the way into adulthood. Information provided by Maryville University details how there is a link between psychology and personal development. The choices we make and even the smallest things we do can have profound effects on a child’s overall wellbeing.

At the end of the day, nannies are like teachers in the sense that they can be considered second parents to a child. This fact makes it all the more important that we do everything we can to ensure that each kid we care for are growing in the best way possible.