September 26, 2007
Do you have a child who throws tantrums and won’t behave? Dr. Phil’s guests, Renee and Brian, struggle to get their 3-year-old son to listen to them. Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond, suggests these parents teach their child how to give language his feelings using a mindsight. In his book, he describes mindsight as the ability to read and react to the emotions of others; a skill that is critical to forming bonds and relationships. “Babies and toddlers don’t have language skills, so they have to develop the ability to read facial expressions and to communicate through their nonverbal cues; thus, the cries, screams, and the cuddly coos,” he explains. “The lack of mindsight can contribute to a wide range of behavioral problems in both children and adults.”
Below are exercises that can help improve a child’s mindsight, one form of wordless communication.
For more information on rebuilding the relationship with your child, read Mending the Broken Bond, by Dr. Frank Lawlis.