Are you struggling with becoming the positive parent you’ve always wanted to become? It’s easy to read posts and even books but this podcast episode is different. I find it listening to others detail real-life examples easier to implement.
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In This Episode:
- How to bring positive parenting into your home
- How to become happier, calmer, more peaceful adults
- How to let children have a say in what they feel
- “[Positive parenting] means respecting our kids in a way that acknowledges their big feelings, acknowledges their emotions…they are allowed to have a voice.”
- Previous generations raised kids to be seen but not heard. This is NOT what we want to do!
- We as the parents have to acknowledge our kids’ emotions (however large they may be) without following them down the emotional rabbit hole.
- Slowing down, looking them in the eye, and connecting with them helps them feel valued and less like they have no say in how they feel.
- Giving your child options, no matter how small they are, gives them a sense of control. (I.e. Do you want to put your shoes on first, or your coat?) It makes them less likely to fight you on other things when they’ve gotten to have a say in something.
- Giving our kids the opportunity to walk away, self-soothe, and work through their emotions before coming back and talking it out is a healthy way for them to learn how to deal with disappointments and big emotions.
- When possible, use natural consequences as a way to correct your child. “If you’re not going to wear your coat, we can’t go to your friend’s house to play because it’s cold outside.”
- “How you treat your child is how she or he will ultimately treat and think of themselves.” If we treat them with respect we’re setting them up for positive relationships with others and themselves.
- It’s important to know that rules are a key part of positive parenting. Being a positive parent doesn’t mean you’re a pushover or that you say yes to everything.
- There are two rules that cover all the bases for toddlers to teenagers: 1) Be kind, and 2) be a first-time listener.
- Parenting isn’t going to be easier, but these steps toward positivity can make it a little easier. And you’ll be happier, calmer, and more peaceful as a result.
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