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Do you ever like to re-read books?
I do. I've been reading back through Dr. Siegel's book, The Whole-Brain Child, and I continue to find it full of wonderful and practical tips for parenting. One particular tip stood out to me, as it is simple yet incredibly effective.
Just Below Eye Level
Dr. Siegel suggests that when we are working on establishing eye contact with our little ones, instead of getting on "eye-level" with the child, we should position ourselves just below "eye-level."
Why is this important? Well, it turns out that this slight adjustment in positioning can have a significant impact on connecting with the child's right brain, which is emotionally driven. The eye contact achieved just below eye level is considered less intense and provides a more nurturing sensation to the child.
By consciously adopting this approach, we create a safe and comfortable space for our children to engage with us on an emotional level. It helps build trust and encourages them to open up and express their feelings.
So, as we work with our children on eye contact, let's be mindful of this simple but powerful technique. By getting just below eye level, we can enhance our connection with our little ones and create a nurturing environment for their emotional growth.
Your Mileage May Vary
In addition to the valuable advice from Dr. Siegel, it's essential to remember that every child is unique and may respond differently to various approaches. While getting just below eye level can be effective for many, it's important to observe and adapt to your child's individual needs and preferences.
Some children may feel more comfortable with direct eye contact, while others might benefit from a more subtle approach. Pay attention to your child's cues and adjust your interactions accordingly. Building a strong emotional connection requires sensitivity and attunement to their individual communication style.
Keep Learning, Keep Growing!
Remember, effective parenting is a continuous learning process. Stay open to exploring different strategies and techniques, seeking guidance from trusted experts, and, most importantly, maintain a loving and supportive environment for your child to thrive.
By combining Dr. Siegel's advice with your own intuition and understanding of your child's needs, you can foster a deep emotional bond and create a nurturing space for their development.
Keep learning, growing, and cherishing those precious moments with your little ones.
That's all for now,