Temperament; adapting your parenting style to suit your child’s temperament, a short guide


You can adjust your parenting style to suit your child’s temperament, as each child has their own unique way of responding to the world. By adapting your parenting style to your child’s individual temperament, you can properly nurture their development. You will be able to help your child develop the positive parts of their temperament and give them a sense of control over the negative aspects. You will be able to better understand the situations that your child might find hard to cope with, because of their temperament, and help them learn how to handle these situations.

Keep in mind that your child’s temperament may be different from your own, and you may find it harder to understand and care for a child with a different temperament to your own. With deeper understanding of each type of temperament, this will get easier.

Through adapting your parenting techniques, you can find ways to care for; more or less reactive temperaments, more or less self-regulated temperaments, and more or less sociable temperaments. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we discuss these in more detail.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



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