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.

What is the Difference between Praise and Encouragement?

What is the Difference between Praise and Encouragement?

focusing on their abilities/strengths/qualities–things you want to encourage for they help our children become more confident, feel more capable, able to take risks, to rally from mistakes, to move through struggle. To know “I can really use my brain” sets a child up to work through a tough homework problem in an empowering way. Hearing “You are so smart!” can leave a child at a loss when they don’t do well on a test, or when they can’t figure out a problem. Using “You CAN be” instead of “You ARE…” gives a child the chance to be something else. Empowering!

Positive Parenting: Better Behavior Without Punishment Is Possible

Positive Parenting: Better Behavior Without Punishment Is Possible

A few years ago, my 3 year old daughter ripped her brothers’ picture. She did it on purpose and with the intent to get back at her brother. Many parents believe that such “acting out”  needs to be managed with swift discipline. A punishment like time out or some kind of consequence to teach a lesson….

Your Child May Have The Best Solution For Unwanted Behavior

Your Child May Have The Best Solution For Unwanted Behavior

My then 3-year old son and I were at our favorite family camp one summer. My son loved to play in the woods – grabbing handfuls of red earth, and throwing them up in the air like fireworks. The beautiful color and sound filled him with joy as the dirt rained down over his head…

When your Child Says: I Hate You!

When your Child Says: I Hate You!

Responding calmly to “I hate you” isn’t always easy but that in that moment, our children really need us to be sensitive, compassionate, loving and empathetic.

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.

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