What is purposeful parenting?
Purposeful parenting is based on the idea that parents should be interested and active in a child's life. This helps to build strong, positive relationships between parents and their children. Purposeful parenting includes:
- Structure & Order
- Responsibility & Accountability
- Firmness & Fairness
- Limits & Boundaries
- Problem-Solving Skills
- Unconditional Love
Tips for creating a more positive and loving home life
- Tell your children you love them, and do it often.
- Find at least one thing your child has done right each day.
- Create a safe environment for the entire family.
- Spend free time together.
- Plan fun family activities.
- Teach values and the benefits responsibility.
How to discipline your child in a positive way
Discipline and punishment are not the same thing. Children respond to respect and positive expectations. Some positive ways to discipline include:
- Distract the child
- Ignore bad behavior
- Structure the environment
- Control the situation, not the child
- Involve the child
- Plan time for loving
- Let go of the anger
- Increase positive behavior
- Notice positive behavior
- Excuse the child with a time-out
Remember, the better you are with discipline, the less you will have to punish.
Fun things to do with kids and family:
- Summer picnics
- Make puppets and put on a show
- Go camping
- Go to the beach
- Bike riding
- Play a sport
- Cook/bake as a family
- Play board games or cards
Resources for parents
National Parent Helpline
"Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry" - Alvin Price
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