We all want what’s best for our kids. One of those things is to have them grow into confident adults. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs out there, but engaging in positive parenting is easier than it sounds, plus you and your kids will reap the rewards of your efforts.
Positive parenting encourages positive behavior. Here are some ways you can help your child thrive with this parenting technique.
#1: Don’t do everything for them.
When it comes to problem-solving, let your child try on their own first. If you’re always stepping in and fixing everything before they can ever try, they will never learn to do things for themselves. You can listen and encourage them while they arrive at their own solutions, but by letting them figure out the problem themselves, they will develop critical skills that will make them better adult in the future.
#2: Let them discover disappointment
We never like seeing our kids unhappy, but if we give them everything they ever ask for or always say “yes” to their requests, we’re creating more unhappy grownups. Learning how to deal with disappointment is important because your kids will not get every job or promotion they seek as adults. Let them develop this skill now so they grow up with poise.
#3: Make your routine count
Kids need structure and routine. It lets them know what to expect and makes them feel secure. Need help creating one? Use the S’mores Up app!
#4: Set a solid example
Kids follow what they see every day and guess what? That’s YOU! If you want them to have good manners, be a shining example of that. If you want them to read more, pull out a book instead of flipping on the TV. Model good behavior and it will be copied!
#5: Be consistent with consequences
Even the best kids break the rules. Set clear rules and expectations together as a family. When these rules are broken, always follow through or your kid will think they can get away with anything.
#6: Give them the freedom of choice
Kids need to learn how to make decisions for themselves. While you can’t allow them to watch that scary movie, you can allow them to have choices of positive items in your safe living space. Let them choose from agreeable options for the family movie night or what they want for dinner. Giving them some control is a good thing!
Choosing the path of positive parenting isn’t always easy, but as things settle in, your children will benefit and look forward to a better future. This technique helps them develop the skills they need to handle anything that adulthood will throw at them, allowing them to adjust with ease to find their own sense of balance.