Positive Parenting And Using It As A Discipline Strategy

May 28, 2019

You might be wondering what exactly it means when you say positive parenting. If you're like me, after first hearing it, I immediately thought about no punishment and leniency. While that may be a correct interpretation, it's a very loose interpretation.

What Is Positive Parenting?

Positive parenting is a new style of parenting that does as it says, remaining positive despite a child's bad behavior. In this parenting approach, a child's misbehavior is corrected through what experts say a gentle disciplinary response.

According to a leading expert on positive parenting, Dr. Joan Durrant, positive parenting is not permissive parenting, or not having rules or limitations. But, it is about building a mutually respectful relationship with your child and increasing your child's confidence and competence in handling challenging situations.

In her book, Durant explains as to why there is a growing need for positive parenting. In a global study on violence against children by the United Nations, they found out that maltreatment occurs in children's home in almost every part of the world. This maltreatment is due to long-held cultural practices, as well as lack of awareness of parents to basic children human rights.

Why Is Positive Parenting Vital?

We all know that children learn by modeling an adult's behavior. If they see us handling conflict appropriately, and we show them that we respect other peoples boundaries, they too will learn how to communicate effectively and react positively.

Ways To Practice Positive Parenting

To help you understand this parenting approach and help start your journey, here is an excellent resource by Bilingual Kidspot, who talks about 15 ways to be a positive parent.

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According to parenting expert, Gwen Dewar, positive parenting emphasizes warm, positive family interactions, and guides children by rewarding and reinforcing their better impulses.

Positive parenting is all about the respect that is mutual between you and your child. Learn how to cultivate this behavior at a young age, and watch your child grow up to be confident and competent.

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