Parenting

Ten Keys to Positive Parenting

There is no doubt that parenting is one of the most difficult tasks in life. Raising a child is very important but raising a good child is more important. In order to do so, learn about positive parenting.

Here are ten steps to reach positive parenting:
1.)Appreciate the value of play. It is a child’s work. Playing with a child will give a parent a chance to prevent some discipline problems and make it easier (and funner) for children to learn.

2.)Have good communication. This requires the active listening and responding of at least two people. Take time to hear what each other is saying.

3.)Build a healthy body and brain. Provide healthy food and plenty of water. Avoid junk food. Get active as much as possible. Turn off the television and video games and get outside.

4.)Encourage questions in a child.  Be clear and honest in answering questions. This will help build trust in the relationship.

5.)Learn how a child develops. Know all about the child’s physical, mental and emotional development. When it comes to the development of a child, there is only one real expert: the parent.. A parent who is attuned to their child will most likely know when something is not quite right.

6.)Show support in a child’s hobbies and interests. Spend time with them on hobbies and encourage exploring their interests.

7.)Have household rules. Make sure the rules are clear for every member of the family. For example, toys need to put away after playing.

8.)Take some personal time. Parenting is hard and tiring work; so taking a break is a necessity. If there is not enough rest, then a parent is likely is to be grumpy. This will reflect in the child as well, and then no one is happy in the house.

9.)Arrange time for family activities. Children need to have some special time with parents. When there is more than one child in the house, make time for each child individually. Try to make these times special.

10.)Teach the difference between right and wrong. When a mistake is made, correct the child, but do not overreact.  Praise freely whenever good is seen.

The steps for positive parenting are very easy to apply. When good results are seen, parenting becomes enjoyable and life is meant to be enjoyed.

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