Positive Parenting for Younger Kids

Aimee & Eliot
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There are many things that you can do as a parent to cultivate positive self-esteem , values and virtues in your child.

Here are some tips on how you can use positive parenting to nurture your child.

  • Spend time with your child. Talk with him about his friends and¬† accomplishments. and what challenges she will face.
  • Find out what he is interested in and make effort to appreciate or join in his passions.
  • Be involved with your child’s school. Go to school events; meet or communicate¬† with your child’s teachers.
  • Encourage your child to join school and community groups, such as a team sport, or to take advantage of volunteer opportunities.
  • Help your child develop his own sense of right and wrong. Talk with him about risky things friends may pressure him to do, like smoking or dangerous physical dares.
  • Help your child develop a sense of responsibility – involve your child in household tasks and family budgeting.
  • Meet the families of your child’s friends and your child’s friends.
  • Talk with your child about respecting others. Encourage your child to help people in need. Talk with him or her about what to do when others are not kind or are disrespectful.
  • Help your child set his own goals. Encourage him to think about skills and abilities he would like to have and about how to develop them.
  • Make clear rules and stick to them. Talk to your child about what you expect from her when no adults are supervising. If you provide reasons for rules, it will help your child to know what to do in those situations.
  • Use discipline to guide and protect your child, instead of punishment to make him feel badly about himself.
  • Be affectionate and honest with your child, and do things together as a family.
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