Category Archive : Psychology of Parenting

When you hear the term success, you may be thinking about work and careers, or about how much money a person makes. But success is more than work or what a person owns, we experience success and failure in our day to day lives, and these experiences influence our motivation, and our likelihood to keep doing something, or to just drop it. So in terms of parenting, understanding the psychology of success is important, because the successes we experience being parents, and how we interpret and deal with failure, will shape how we choose to parent ongoing into the future.

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When I think of parenting, one of the first things I think of is survival. Trying to survive each day. Trying to keep your sanity. Trying to keep this mini human alive. So it makes sense that one of our core survival instincts, the ‘Fight, Flight, Freeze’ (or Acute Stress Response) would play an important role in parenting, not only in how it helps us, but also in how it can hinder us. While there is plenty of information explaining the ‘Fight, Flight, Freeze’ response on the internet, the below explanation looks at applying this concept to some common parenting experiences (using some of my own experiences as examples). So lets take a look at some Fight, Flight, Freeze examples in parenting.
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