If you are a parent during these “new normal” times, you face challenges and obstacles and will surely encounter missteps during your routine parenting practices. Now more than ever you will be challenged in your day to day, minute to minute road to parenting. Being consciously aware that you are practicing social distancing techniques and acknowledging you are overwhelmed with continuous parenting responsibilities you are encouraged to stay positive. You may want to be a little relaxed with your household rules and simply enjoy the liveliness of your children. Positive encouragement of children will result in positive consequences from children. Listed are a few positive parenting techniques.
Positive Parenting Techniques
- Imagine your child’s point of view, especially during these troubles’ times. When children behave unreasonable, imagine that you are them, at the age of 1, 2 or 3 years old and say ok, because they are only toddlers.
- Notice and celebrate your child’s strengths, and abilities to learn and develop. Remember all children are unique and possess different qualities and abilities to contribute. You may have an explorer, a creative adventurer, or an imaginary thinker, so as a parent your job is to love and embrace their gift of individuality.
- Delight in the moment of connection with your child. Daily life overwhelming chores cause parents to limit quality time with their child. Smiles, hugs and saying I miss you and I love you, confirms your appreciation and love to them.
- Respond with interest and sensitivity to your child’s cries. Learn your child’s cues to connect and communicate their achievements of importance. Answering to their responses assures your sensitivity and ensuring them they are receiving their needs.
- Provide consistent, age-based guidelines, limits, and boundaries. Children need nurturing and structure. Maintaining rituals and routines and setting kind, firm limits really helps. Remember discipline means to teach and to guide behavior. Your child is more likely to cooperate with your guidelines.
- Recognize and manage your own behavior and feeling s before responding to your child. Children exhibit strong emotions. Parents are always role models, so take deep breathes, calm down before addressing their strong emotional behaviors.
- Understand and know parenting can be stressful and missteps are part of raising a child. Stay calm, cool, and always collect yourself. Children learn from what they witness and experience.
- Seek help, support, or additional information on parenting when you need it. Parenting will eventually produce a challenge, being pulled in many different directions with great responsibilities that parent face daily. You as a parent will need and will deserve support.
References: www.zerotothree.org; Parenting Resource, Rebecca Parlakian