WHAT IS POSITIVE PARENTING?
Positive parenting — sometimes called positive discipline, gentle guidance, or loving guidance– is simply guidance that keeps our kids on the right path, offered in a positive way that resists any temptation to be punitive. Studies show that’s what helps kids learn consideration and responsibility, and makes for happier kids and parents.
Positive Parenting isn’t a method, a set of rules, or a “style.” Positive Parenting is a belief, a way of living. We believe children should be treated with respect, free from fear of violence and shame, and guided with loving encouragement.
“It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.”
DON’T TEACH LET YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE NATURE
Growing closely with nature is some-what like experiencing the joy of a bird who explores the vast sky. And that is certainly not possible by teaching the child about nature in the confinement of a home or a school. Hence generate experiences where the child gets to observe, question about and explore nature.
- Nature gives a child a sense of wonder and a joy of discovery.
- Nature can be an effective learning ground.
- Nature fills the child with imagination and inquisitiveness.
- Bring your child closer to nature.
- Exposure to nature arouses respect for environment.
GUIDE AND DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILD’S T.V VIEWING
Parents always worry about the ill effects of T.V. on the impressionable minds of their children. There is always a rift between parents and children where latter demand for more T.V. time and complain of the restrictions. But the question is – Is T.V. actually a boon or a bane?
- Don’t worry, be relaxed.
- Guide him about the kind of programmes:.
- Let him not miss all the fun of growing up.
- Maintain a balance between entertainment and information.
- Be a role model.
INVOLVE CHILDREN IN HOUSEHOLD CHORES
Recently, an American research has revealed that people who did household chores as kids were much better adjusted, developed warmer relationships and led better social and family lives than those who were not given any responsibility or kept away from housework. The connection between housework and future happiness may not be clear immediately, but when one thinks about it, it does make sense in many ways. When one really thinks about it, it makes sense in many ways.
- Doing small tasks together strengthens the family bond.
- Doing housework instills a sense of responsibility in the child.
- No child is too small to help.
- Show them how instead of telling them what.
- Always shower praise.
VACATIONS: A TIME TO LEARN WHILE HAVING FUN
Hurray! It’s holiday time. Time to do all the big and even small things you have wanted to do with your child. Instead of getting stuck with the thought that it’s too hot outside or getting irritated with your child’s constant complaints of boredom or demand for more T.V. time, make the vacations an experience of fun, learning and beautiful moments.
- Give him opportunities to acquire life-skills.
- Help your child explore his creativity.
- Make your child’s holidays thrilling.
ENSURE A LOVING BOND BETWEEN SIBLINGS
The top priority of any parent is to ensure the happy, healthy development of their children. This responsibility however, can become extremely frustrating when instead of having a harmonious relationship, siblings start developing feelings of rivalry, hostility and jealously. If a few simple things are kept in mind the situation can be avoided.
- The arrival of a newborn in the family can cause the beginning of rivalry.
- Every child wants individual attention from parents.
- Never ever compare your children.
- Give them the chance to develop their own relationship.
- Listen with sympathy to each child’s point of view.
- Never sit in judgment.
ROUSE RESPECT FOR GRANDPARENTS IN YOUR CHILD’S HEART
Blessed is a child who experiences the boundless love of grand-parents. This unique bond gives a child immense joy and deep sense of security. The emotional, social and intellectual development of a child is phenomenal when he is brought up in a family with grandparents. It is the responsibility of the parents to guide the child so as to why grandparents deserve to be respected.
- Time spent with grandparents is invaluable.
- You may differ but never dis-respect.
- Express love and affection.
- Give them their due place.