What is Positive Parenting
After 9 months of anxiety and carrying baby in the womb, now comes the more challenging phase – raising kids with a positive frame of mind or positive parenting. I am sure almost everyone knows parenting, but what exactly is Positive Parenting and how is it different? Read on to find it out. Examples listed in this will help you decide whether you are being a good parent or just a parent.
Understanding Positive Parenting
Positive parenting means instead of thinking about enforcing things on children, punishing them when they misbehave, parents should look for positive ways to make children understand the difference between good and bad. Positive Parenting is something that every parent should understand and practice and once adapt, it helps kids grow with a positive frame of mind.
How is Positive Parenting Different than Parenting?
Most parents feel helpless and loose temperament when kids misbehave. They adapt to punishments which leave a negative impact on kid’s mind thus grow them to be either rebellious or suppressive kids. Positive parenting is parent’s responsibility and cannot be passed on to your neighbors or teachers. Since it is your kid, you have to take full ownership of it not care takers.
In positive parenting, the aim is to first make changes to yourself and then expect the change in kids. Young kids imitate what they see around so you as parents should make sure that you’re careful about how you talk, how you react and how you respond to things. Parents are the best examples, so if you eat with hands you cannot expect your kid to eat with spoon or fork.
Children won’t understand the difference between what is right and what is wrong unless they are made to understand it and this understanding should never be developed with the use of power. Positive Parenting completely disagrees on getting physical with kids to make them understand the difference between right or wrong. Sit with them, share your time and with continuous correction, your kid will automatically understand what is wrong and what is right.
How can you Positive Parent Your Kid
Following are few examples which will help you positively parent your kid.
- Spare time to play with your kids
- Be a part of their homework. Praise them for doing it correctly and if they need help, offer it
- For positive parenting teenager, show trust in them and allow them to be away from home when needed for short durations. Also, make sure they understand time limits and understand that you are waiting for them at home
- Restrict the use of the internet. I know social networking websites have become an integral part of our lives however it is important that you allocate a time for such activities and keep a watch on what your kid browse the internet
- Conversation is the key in positive parenting teenager. Ask them about their day at school or college. It sends a message to the kids that you care and it’s fine to share their bad day experience with you.
- Don’t fulfill everything your kid asks for. I have seen many parents buying everything which their kid asks for when they go to a mall. This is bad parenting and should not be practiced. As positive parenting, you should make them realize that they would not get everything they ask for and they should work to earn it.
- Keep motivating your kid when they do something for the first time. Even if they are not able to do it completely, yet a simple sentence, ‘I love you’ or ‘You almost did it. Let’s try a little more.’ Can completely change how your kids look at things.
Parenting a kid is like building a house. You should have a vision or a plan and then work step by step forward to build it. Positive parenting is framing goals for your kids so that they are brought as
And not struggle in life recovering from their harsh childhood.
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