Eulisia Er: The Power of Parent — Child Interaction in Child Development | Raising Parents #39

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Eulisia Er who is a registered Education Psychologist in the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP), with a passion for early intervention and special education

Parents play an incredibly important role in the development of their children – not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally. But how important, exactly? In what ways does this manifest? And how can parents harness this influence to raise well-adjusted children? Find out in this episode.

Meet Eulisia Er

Eulisia Er is a practicing Psychologist registered in the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP). She is passionate about early intervention and special education, shaping her career and education. She is currently a PhD Candidate for Psychology and Child & Human Development at Nanyang Technological University. Eurasia has also worked on multiple Early Intervention Programmes for Infants and Children (EIPIC) Centres, Special Schools, and private clinics.

About the episode

The episode kicked off with Eulisia’s definition of parenting, which is a subjective experience generally oriented towards raising well-adjusted children. As such, the next part of the conversation was a discussion on the key elements of parent and child interactions. Eulisia outlines three elements: a good environment, quality time, and constructive or nurturing interactions. A good way to balance all these three is through operant conditioning, and she gives tips on how parents can accomplish that in the episode.

A key part of the discussion is how positive parent-child interactions affect children’s development. There’s a large amount of research showing lasting advantages in terms of children’s emotional well-being, social skills, cognitive ability, overall life development, and even trajectory. On the other hand, negative interactions create lasting disadvantages in children’s development that persist to adulthood.

They also discussed the many significant ways that parenting styles affect this outcome. Parenting styles shape the dynamics of interactions, which results in either advantages or disadvantages. The more nurturing and warm the parenting style is, the more positive the development.

They also touched on challenges that parents might face in developing positive interactions. As a highlight, Eulisia discussed tips on how to overcome these challenges and develop positive interactions. She emphasized the need to continue learning about parenting, and about oneself, to fully support your child’s development.

In conclusion

Parenting carries a heavy burden. Parents are not just responsible for the physical well-being of their children, but also for their children’s emotional development over time. How you interact with your children today could have a lasting impact in the future. Thus, you must learn how to harness this influence to create resilient, well-adjusted children.

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