19 Positive Parenting Tips That Will Help You Raise A Happy Family

When people have children, it’s often assumed and expected that they have the ability to be good parents. In reality, parenting is not something that comes naturally to anyone — it’s a skill set that you have to learn and put effort into if you wish to be an effective parent.

Some of us are fortunate enough to have learned good parenting skills at an early age by helping to raise younger siblings, taking care of other children at day care centers or preschools, or taking high school and college courses that teach brand-new or expecting parents how to take care of their newborn child properly.

That said, no course, book, or video can ever replace the immediate, inescapable impact that raw experience will consistently deliver on a daily basis, be it good or bad.

What Positive Parenting Is All About

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of 19 positive parenting tips that will not only help us to become better parents but also to raise wonderful, happy children.

In order to raise our children to be obedient, responsible, and happy, we as parents must learn to control our own emotions. As a childcare administrator, it often becomes very challenging to control the behaviors of toddlers.

Once you are able to keep your cool and find inner peace no matter what situation you’re confronted with, you’ll be better equipped to deal with unruly children.

Keeping Your Cool: 4 Pointers To Keep In Mind

Children have a very special way of making us smile and grind our teeth in frustration a few moments later. Many behaviors that a child displays — which we may find annoying — are not meant to annoy us but to inform us of their moods and feelings.

We as parents are responsible for being able to take control of situations before they get out of hand. Here are a few pointers to consider when you feel you’re on the verge of losing it:

  1. Forgive yourself and know that you are human. Do not feel discouraged or disappointed in yourself for becoming upset.
  2. Establish rules together. Get your children to participate in setting the ground rules at home and they will be more inclined to follow them.
  3. Be sure that your “No” is not the word your children hear most often and also be sure that the “No” is an absolute “No”. We are all guilty of turning no’s into maybes, yeses, or whatever they want it to be.
  4. Use timeouts for yourself and your children. If they see that you’re also using this time as quiet time, they will be more inclined to participate.

    You must explain to your children why they are in timeout and why you are putting yourself in timeout. The extra breathing time helps.

  5. Note:Remember that five minutes is like fifty to a child, so do not fall asleep or get sidetracked!

15 Practical Tips For Making Parenting A Fun, Fulfilling Experience

  1. Nurture your child’s self esteem.
  2. Developing good self-esteem is essential to preparing them for the challenges they will face as they grow and develop. It is important to help kids feel like they are capable of doing things and have the ability to learn new skills.

    Finding a good balance between showing love through praise and giving opportunities to make mistakes without reprisal will help build healthy self-value.

  3. Set limits and be consistent with disciplining.
  4. Learn what is normal at each age and stage of your child’s development. For your child to respect you and others, you must demonstrate respect. Children need and truly want clear limits and boundaries. They will not thrive or survive without them, and neither will you!

    Keep the rules simple and make it easy for them to comply. Children are more likely to obey rules that they help to create. There is no harm in being somewhat flexible. Pick your battles carefully and don’t over burden your child with too many rules.

  5. Make time for your children.
  6. Many parents are great at multi-tasking, but juggling too many things can be distracting and time-consuming. Jot down all the chores, jobs, and tasks that prevent you from spending time with your children. Learn to prioritize and create a schedule that is beneficial and satisfying to you and them.

  7. Be a good role model.
  8. Children are like sponges. The younger they are the faster they are able to absorb information. As a result, we are to be positive reflections of what they should mimic.

  9. Make communication a priority.
  10. Communication is vital to any relationship. Children are not always verbally equip to communicate in the way adults find most comfortable.

    As parents, we must learn to understand our children’s behavior patterns, facial expressions, and tone of voice to better communicate with them. Remember, we all have needs and individual ways of expressing those needs.

  11. Be flexible and willing to adjust your parenting.
  12. Adaptation is a way of survival and vital to success within the realms of parenting. As your child grows older and matures in the way they interact with others, you’ll gradually have to change your parenting style.

    Chances are what works with your child now won’t work as well in a year or two. We all remember being teens!!!

  13. Show that your love is unconditional.
  14. Love is something that we all require. The problem lies with not having a working idea or a universal definition of what it is.

    As a parent, you’re responsible for correcting and guiding your kids. But how you express your corrective guidance makes all the difference in how a child receives it.

  15. Know your own needs and limitations as a parent.
  16. As much as we would like to believe that we perfect and everything we do is correct. Try to have realistic expectations for yourself, your spouse, and your kids. You don’t have to have all the answers — be forgiving of yourself.

    Try to make parenting a manageable job. Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to address everything all at once. Admit it when you’re burned out. Take time out from parenting to do things that will make you happy as a person (or as a couple).

  17. Learn what is normal at each age and stage of your child’s development.
  18. They will not thrive or survive without them; and neither will you! Keep the rules simple and make it easy for them to comply. Children are more likely to obey rules that they help to create. There is no harm in being somewhat flexible. Pick your battles carefully and don’t over burden your child with too many rules.

  19. Make time for your children.
  20. Many parents are great at multi-tasking but juggling too many things can be distracting and time consuming. Jot down all the chores, jobs, and tasks that take away from you being away from your children. Learn to prioritize and create a schedule that is beneficial and satisfying to you and the children.

  21. Be a good role model.
  22. Children are like sponges. The younger they are the faster they are able to absorb information. As a result, we are to be positive reflections of what they should mimic.

  23. Make communication a priority.
  24. Communication is vital to any relationship. Children are not always verbally equip to communicate in the way adults find most comfortable. We, as parents must learn to understand their behavior patterns, facial expressions, and tone of voice to better communicate with your children. Remember we all have needs and different ways to express how we wish for them to be met.

  25. Be flexible and willing to adjust your parenting.
  26. Adaptation is a way of survival and vital to success within the realms of parenting. As your child changes, you’ll gradually have to change your parenting style. Chances are, what works with your child now won’t work as well in a year or two. We all remember being teens!!!

  27. Show that your love is unconditional
  28. Love is something that we all require. The problem lies with not having a working idea or a universal definition of what it is. As a parent, you’re responsible for correcting and guiding your kids. But how you express your corrective guidance makes all the difference in how a child receives it.

  29. Know your own needs and limitations as a parent.
  30. As much as we would like to believe that we perfect and everything we do is correct. Try to have realistic expectations for yourself, your spouse, and your kids. You don’t have to have all the answers — be forgiving of yourself.

    Try to make parenting a manageable job. Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to address everything all at once. Admit it when you’re burned out. Take time out from parenting to do things that will make you happy as a person (or as a couple).