Nurturing Children’s Well-Being: A Developmental Response to Trends of Overdiagnosis and…
Nurturing Children’s Well-Being: A Developmental Response to Trends of Overdiagnosis and Overmedication
Too many children today are being diagnosed with affective mood disorders and then medicated. Yet because the child’s experience of self and world takes place in the medium of the family system, parents can learn how to mitigate childhood mood disorders by creating an environment based on child development principles that nurtures the child’s well-being. As discussed by Erik Erikson and Francis Wicks, adults tend to project their own unresolved and unconscious emotions onto their children. This article posits a developmental response to the diagnosis–treatment medical-model perspective that pervades modern-day psychiatry. Well-being flourishes in both child and adult when the adult understands child development principles, communicates with the child in developmentally appropriate ways, and creates environments that nurture the child’s developmental imperatives. When those developmental imperatives are met, emotional problems can be prevented before they arise. When an adult who is motivated by care in relationship with a child can learn how to nurture the child’s developmental needs, then it is likely that subsequent intersubjective experiences may be affected positively.
In no way are the suggestions herein intended to dissuade a parent from getting appropriate medical attention for their child. Any and all developmental suggestions can be provided alongside prescribed medications.
Developing Together: Parents Meeting Children’s Developmental Imperatives
Abstract: It is well known that the parent influences the child, but few realize how much the child changes the adult. This paper reports research that explored how adults change when they learn to nurture their child’s developmental needs. It also explores how empathy with the child impacts an adult’s ability to move through his or her own unresolved childhood issues into new meaning and relationships. Using qualitative methods and quantitative measures, the research captures perspectives of 20 parents about their own development from using child development principles. Analysis resulted in the identification of five themes: (a) cognitive development in perspective, differentiation from past ways, and new meaning-making; (b) emotional development of trust, empathy, and affective complexity; (c) personal agency of intentional effort and use of critical self-inquiry; (d) adult well-being; and (e) emergence of wisdom. More research is needed to determine the association between child development competence and adult development.
Download the whole article here: JLuvmour_JAD_Article_DevTogether_2010.pdf
Education and the Consciousness Of the Developing Child
“To educate a child well, we must first understand the very nature of the child, and realize that every child is a unique individual.”
As a developmentalist, consultant, and educator, I often see parents arrive in my office motivated by care and hope for something better in the education of their children. These parents know that something is not right in their child’s education, yet they have no idea of how to address it. Most know that topdown transmission education is inadequate.
Download the file: JLuvmour_Article_Winter2011_pp15-23.pdf
Rites of Passage in Our Times
Rites of Passage in Our Times by Josette Luvmour
It seems that Rites of Passage have historically been very prominent in cultures and that in modern day, many people feel there are only vestiges left that are more of a celebration or party than a Rite of Passage (i.e., confirmations, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, graduations, etc.). Many modern practitioners of Rites of Passage and some historians agree that this loss is a catastrophe for humanity (Mahdi, Christopher, & Meade, 1996). In their attempt to reintroduce Rites of Passage into contemporary life, practitioners and researchers have turned to anthropological studies, to direct contact with traditional cultures, to distillations of transpersonal psychology, and to their own common sense and intuition. Something notable has occurred due to these endeavors and there has been a slow but steady resurgence of interest in Rites of Passage.
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Time Out on Time Outs
Is a person the agent of her own fate, or does a person believe herself at the mercy of fate? There is a well known and well tested way of assessing personality development known as assessing the locus of control in an individual. Locus of control, developed by cognitive psychologists, simply refers to the degree to which people expect that reinforcement [and other outcomes] of their behavior is dependent on their behavior or personal characteristics versus the degree to which [they expect it is due to] chance, fate, or powerful others. Read more…
Summa Institute—Changing the World, Baby-Step 1
This PDF presentation gives an overview with depth and detail about Summa Institute’s vision, mission, and programs.
Summa Institute—Changing The World, Baby-Step 1
(Summa_Institute_Changing_The_World.pdf, 45MB Adobe PDF File)
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Adult Development—Emergent Wisdom in the Family Context
A Study of the Developmental Experiences of Adults Who Actively Work to Meet Their Child’s Developmental Imperatives
Josette Luvmour, PhD
Everyone accepts that the adult influences the child but few realize how much the child changes the adult. This scholarly work centers on adult development that is influenced by nurturing the child’s developmental imperatives.
It is a mixed-methods study that explores the lived experiences of adults when they intentionally focus on nurturing the development of their children. The research captures twenty mothers’ and fathers’ perspectives about their development from using child development principles. Analysis results identified five themes: (a) cognitive development in perspective, differentiation from past ways, and new meaning-making; (b) emotional development of trust, empathy, and affective complexity; (c) personal agency of intentional effort and use of critical self-inquiry; (d) adult well- being; and (e) emergence of wisdom.
This book is a valuable resource for therapists, teachers, social workers, students, and parents. This is an important contribution to the knowledge of how parenting can support the growth and self-knowledge of adults who make intentional efforts to use child development practices in daily life.
Lambert Academic Publishing - 160 Pages - Paperback
Optimal Parenting—Using Natural Learning Rhythms to Nurture the Whole Child
Ba’s new book, Optimal Parenting—Using Natural Learning Rhythms to Nurture the Whole Child, is now available. Optimal Parenting focuses on well-being and describes the unfolding of the child’s consciousness, considering cognitive, emotional, physical and spiritual development. It includes easy to understand philosophical and psychological principles to make its points and has many practical applications including playing with children, nurturing non-sectarian spirituality, achieving academic excellence and remedying dysfunction.
Sentient Publications - 432 Pages - Paperback
Price: $19.95 + shipping
Optimal Parenting—The Natural Learning Rhythms Approach to Family Well Being (3-CD Audio Book)
Josette & Ba Luvmour
Natural Learning Rhythms (NLR) provides a practical understanding of child development that has helped families optimize relationships for over 25 years. This 3-CD Audio Book introduces the listener to the incredible power of NLR through case histories, detailed explanations and solutions to the problems faced by parents today.
In Optimal Parenting you will learn:
- How to stop ongoing battles over boundaries with your children
- Strategies for supporting academic excellence
- How to approach issues of children and media
- How to gain teen cooperation
- How to connect with children in the time available
NOTE: This is NOT a read-aloud version of the Optimal Parenting book. It is a stand-alone item.
Running Time: Approx. 142 Minutes.
Price: $29.95 + shipping