As a parent, it’s easy to fly off the handle if you don’t have a parenting plan in mind. Remember that a parent’s job is to help their kid have a positive childhood, one that they don’t need to recover from as an adult. Check out these 10 tips for positive parenting.
Practice Positive Discipline- An approach to discipline can be positive. Talking to your child, instead of yelling and using time out instead of a physical punishment is also a form of positive discipline. And last but not least, always talk through what your child did and how they can do better next time.
Allow Mistakes- Remember that no child is perfect and they will make some mistakes along the way. Don’t forget to allow them to make mistakes because it only makes them a better person in the long run.
Always Be Consistent- You can’t do positive parenting if you are back and forth on your positive parenting goals. Always be consistent when it comes to disciplining your child.
Say Yes More Often- As a parent, it’s so easy to say “no”, but part of positive parenting is saying yes a little more often than not.
Be a Positive Role Model– Your children are looking to you for almost everything they need in life. Be a positive role model in their life as much as possible.
Have Most Positive Reactions and Less Negative Ones– A lot of times, parents will catch their kids doing something bad instead of something good. Having a positive reaction to your children is another way to enforce positive parenting.
Spend Time with Your Kids-Your kids didn’t ask to be brought into the world, so it’s important that you take this responsibility seriously. Spending time with your kids shouldn’t be treated like a right because it’s a privilege.
Be a Fun Parent- You can be a fun parent that your kids look up to all while still being a positive disciplinarian. Positive parenting means making the most out of bad situations. Turning bad moments into positive memories. Being a fun parent means laughing and being happy with your kids as often as you can.
Communicate with Your Children- Another way to practice positive parenting is to communicate with your children. Instead of yelling, slow down, and explain what you want better. A lot of frustration happens with kids because both parties are too busy “talking.”
Don’t be Afraid to be Flexible- Parenting is all about going with the flow. A form of positive parenting is not freaking out when things don’t go your way. We tell our kids to not panic when something doesn’t go their way, so neither should we.
Positive parenting isn’t a perfect solution to parenthood, but it’s a start. Spending less time yelling, more time communicating, and way more time making positive memories for your kids is a great start! Do you have any tips to add to this positive parenting list?