Positive Parenting

Mom and ToddlerWhat is Positive Parenting? Using the strong loving bond that we have with our children to support them as they learn and develop.  Spend time with your child doing things together, then notice when they are behaving the way you would like them to and praise them for it! Point out how their behavior affects others in a positive way and also helps them achieve their own goals (e.g. when you listen to Mommy you help us all stay safe, plus you get to stay at the playground and have fun!). Lavishing your child with love and praise is most effective within a framework of discipline that involves clear expectations and consequences. The emphasis is on teaching your child to make good choices.  For example, you need to hold a grown up hand in the parking lot for safety (expectation). You can walk by yourself if you hold my hand and we’ll go together (positive consequence)! If you don’t hold my hand, I will have to carry you or put you in the stroller (negative consequence).  Here are some additional articles related to Positive Parenting:

Good Job!Encouraging Good Behavior: Sometimes the key to decreasing temper tantrums, whining, non-compliance, and other negative behaviors is to focus on and reinforce children for their good behavior. Find out the basics of using positive reinforcement to effectively increase those good behaviors while getting rid of the negative ones!

Toddler refusing1 2 3 Listen To Me: Starting when children are just toddlers, they can learn to cooperate with your requests! Use this simple method to teach your child to become a great listener and begin making good behavioral choices. Modify this strategy as your child grows and it will serve you well into the tween years!

Time out benchTime Out: Used strategically, time-out can be a useful strategy for dealing with negative or uncooperative behavior. Children can learn to go to time-out as young as two years old! Find out how to use time-out effectively for great outcomes with your child!


Boy playingPlay to Behave: Playing with your child is not only fun for everyone, it actually helps foster positive behavior! Play also serves as the early building blocks for later school learning. Discover how to let your child lead the way in play for all kinds of wonderful outcomes!


Reward chartReward Charts: For many children, reward charts are a terrific way to fine-tune behavior, build new skills, and even get rid of bad habits! Find out tips for using reward charts effectively with your child and learn how to avoid common pitfalls.


Sibling argumentProblem Solving: Sibling rivalry or social conflict? Follow these four simple steps to problem solving and teach your children to use them too! It’s never too early for kids to start thinking of themselves as effective problem solvers! This is a skill that will serve your child well throughout life.

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