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Temperament and Comfort, Play & Teach

by Maxine
Posted July 30 2010 03:21pm
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There are nine temperament traits and each trait has a high and low version.  While there is lots of variation in each trait, it’s the high and low versions that are the most challenging for you.

You can use a variety of Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are tailored to different temperament traits.  Use the examples in the lilnks below to generate your own Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are more appropriate to your unique family.

Temperament Traits and Comfort, Play & Teach

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The Temperament Wheel

by Maxine
Posted July 31 2010 04:48pm
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The Temperament Wheel is a visual way to look at your temperament traits and those of your child. Each spoke of the wheel has a trait and an inner, middle and outer band. The inner band would be a low level of the trait, the outer band the high level and the middle band would represent an individual with a mixture of high and low levels of a trait. For each of the traits, colour in the band that would best represent yourself .

Once you have completed your wheel you should complete one for your child. Then compare the similarities and differences between the two.

 

Download The Temperament Wheel (PDF)

 

 

Find out more about each temperament trait and use these Comfort, Play & Teach strategies that are tailored to different temperament traits.

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The Temperament Worksheet

by Maxine
Posted August 3 2010 01:33pm
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Examine how your child and you and your partner fit, or do not fit, together as a family with this worksheet. It can be beneficial for each parent to complete the Temperament Worksheet for their child, and then examine how the child and the parents fit, or do not fit, together as a family.

Complete one worksheet for each child. Have your partner complete one for each child, too. Compare your answers with each other and discuss where you don’t have the same views of your child.

Download the Temperament Worksheet (PDF).

Click here to view all of our Temperament resources and worksheets.

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Temperament: First Reaction

by Nancy and Nanci
Posted February 18 2012 10:04pm
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Temperament - First ReactionOne of our temperament traits, our innate reaction to the world, is First Reaction. Some people love novelty and change while others react with caution to new situations. Note that First Reaction is a separate trait from adaptability, which is the reaction to change over the long term.

In your parenting role, you'll probably face many surprises. Predicting how you – and your partner – will react will help you weather these challenges.

 

Are you adventurous or cautious?

Scenario One
You and your partner had a well-rehearsed birth plan. The midwife or doctor attending the birth tells you the plan can't be followed.

  • Cautious: You need time to absorb this news. After the birth, you're still feeling sad that the plan had to be abandoned.

  • Adventurous: You start asking what the process will be and what decisions you can make now.

Scenario two
The ultrasound suggested you were having a girl. The nursery has been painted pink and the layette is pink and ruffled. The baby in your arms is a boy.

  • Cautious: Your thoughts are swirling and you're trying to figure out how gender affects identity.

  • Adventurous: You're thinking what shade of blue you will paint the nursery. You're thinking you can return the girl clothes and go shopping all over again.

Scenario three
The baby needs medical intervention or other support.

  • Cautious: You need to hear the news, step by step, and reflect on what this means.

  • Adventurous: You are upset but you immediately ask your partner to research the resources your baby will need and to recruit the support you will need.

Both a cautious and an adventurous First Reaction can be positive, depending on the situation. Knowing this aspect of temperament, you can predict how you’ll react to the unexpected and to the changes your family will experience as your baby changes into a toddler, a preschooler, a "big Kid," a young adult. Parenting means adjusting to endless changes, changes that touch your heart.

 


 

This article was written by Parents2Parents experts,
Nanci Burns and Nancy Rubenstein
, co-authors of Take Your Temperament!

We all know that every child is unique. The Take Your Temperament! work-book is designed to help you put that reality into action in an engaging and meaningful way. It invites parents and children to explore how they react to the world—and do so without guilt or shame. Find out more at www.takeyourtemperament.ca.

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