Positive Parenting goes beyond removing punishments and negative consequences. Positive Parenting principles also focus on building healthy communication habits for the whole family. Communication matters because:

Children do well when they feel respected and listened too, much of this begins with good communication skills modeled by you.

How can you get children to listen without yelling? How can you talk so your child will pay attention and not tune you out? Are you tired of lecturing, nagging and repeating yourself? Are power struggles and back talk challenging your family’s happiness? Positive parenting can help you Increase harmony and invite cooperation by changing nagging and yelling demands into playful, cooperative, direct, actionable requests and instructions.

Read on to find inspiration from helpful phrases and parenting tools specifically focused on creating healthy patterns of family communication.

Avoid Power Struggles using this Problem Solving Script

Avoid Power Struggles using this Problem Solving Script

The bathroom is getting steamy. The water has been flowing for minutes, and your child is still fully clothed, refusing to budge. Every night it’s the same battle. You say that he needs to shower. He refuses to shower. A power struggle begins. Some nights, you try to wrestle him out of his clothes. Other…

Three Important Steps To Take After Yelling At Your Kids

Three Important Steps To Take After Yelling At Your Kids

Even if we can’t parent in the most nurturing ways all the time, the more often we can, the more our children get what they need, the better they will be able to weather the times when we parent in less nurturing ways. Learning to recover when we make a mistake really does help restore connection, models really important skills to our children and helps things shift back into the positive. It takes just 3 steps towards restoring connection.

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

Six Super Helpful Ways To Keep Calm and Deal With Defiance

These Six Positive Parenting strategies can help you respond to your child when they are behaving in defiant, disrespectful or unhelpful ways. Children often act out when they are lost, fearful and in need of guidance. A child that is being defiant needs to reconnect with you and find his way back to calm. And until…

How To Reduce Power Struggles and Find More Happiness In The Holiday Season

How To Reduce Power Struggles and Find More Happiness In The Holiday Season

A store cashier asked my daughter recently, “Are you being a good girl for Santa?”  And then a few minutes later in the parking garage an elderly couple asked her same question. After a quick smile she turned to me.  Her face was all twisted up, eyes looking far away with a hint of overwhelm. The…

40 Questions That Get Kids Talking

40 Questions That Get Kids Talking

One great way to encourage children to open up is to make a habit of cherishing daily conversations with your child. Conversations build connection. When children feel connected to their parent, they are more likely to feel well and be cooperative. When we pause and listen, we can really get to know so much about our children….

The Very Important Reason Children Need To Learn To Stand Up To Bullies

The Very Important Reason Children Need To Learn To Stand Up To Bullies

The stronger your relationship with your child the more your child will feel well, secure and capable of facing daily challenges. Treating children with respect when setting limits is part of an effective parenting strategy. So is listening attentively and focusing on emotion coaching and problem solving instead of trying to win power struggles and impose consequences.

One Sure Way To Encourage Cooperation in Early Childhood

One Sure Way To Encourage Cooperation in Early Childhood

One very challenging task in the early years of parenting is finding ways to encourage cooperation and listening. Toddlers and pre-schoolers are notorious for saying “NO!” “I can’t” and “I don’t want to!” especially in moments when we would like to hear “yes mama!” and “OK” In the name of getting things done, it is so…

How I Helped My Son Understand His Misbehavior Without Relying on Punishments

How I Helped My Son Understand His Misbehavior Without Relying on Punishments

When my son was four,  I took him on a day trip to sled and play in the snow.  It was a beautiful cold yet sunny day.  Up on a mountain,  with the alps in the background we climbed up and sled down a hill some 25 times in a row. When I was a feeling…

Your Blueprint for Transforming Yelling into Cooperation

Your Blueprint for Transforming Yelling into Cooperation

How to Put Positive Discipline Tools into Action and Encourage Your Child to Listen “He never listens to me!” “I have to tell him 10 times!” “She’ll only pay attention if I yell!” How many of you have ever felt this way? Chances are that nearly all of us have felt irritated by our child’s inability to listen…

Help Your Child With Meltdowns and Misbehavior

Help Your Child With Meltdowns and Misbehavior

A day spent at  school can be a very rewarding experience for children.  A great school offers children plenty of opportunities to play, discover  and learn. On the same hand, the experiences at school combined with time away from home can sometimes lead to feelings of disconnection, discouragement  and overwhelm. Children can experience quite the emotional ups…

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