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“How can I connect with my child?” (42 year old mom)

In this session, I provided 10 visual cards to the child and parent. Each card portrayed a different image of connection, such as a puzzle piece, an embrace, a team huddle, or a person resting on a pillow. The mom chose the card with an image of embracing, while the child chose the card with the “puzzle” image. Then, we explored through movement how our bodies could create these images.

First, we explored how they would look between our two hands: could they embrace each other, or could they link? Next, we tried it with different parts of our bodies: our legs, feet, hips, and head. How could these link and embrace? The two began to smile and to create more and more ideas. The child initiated the linking and embracing of her parent’s arms, legs, and head. The parent smiled and followed the child’s lead. This ultimately led to them hugging and smiling together, the puzzle pieces of parent and child fit perfectly together!

It was so delightful to see parent and child create opportunities for intimacy by honoring their own choices, sharing them with each other, and  joining together. The ability to move together promoted this possibility and the permission that the two needed, and wanted, to connect with one another.

Do you know a parent who is struggling to connect and communicate with their child? Everyday I work with children of all ages and their families in my inviting, tranquil setting to help them improve their lives. Email me at therapy@drloribaudino.com or call me at (310) 966-0700 to schedule your time.

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