Tips for Positive Parenting Part 1

This week our blog series is on Positive Parenting tips. Parenting is a difficult and challenging responsibility. Here at Imagine Hope we help parents navigate their way through this roller coaster with the hopes that you will raise emotionally healthy children! Enjoy the tips this week!

1. Kids need and want boundaries and limits. It helps them feel safe and secure as well as helping them know what to expect. It is important to set and keep boundaries so kids know you will follow through with the expectations. This creates a trusting relationship.

2. A great way to change negative behavior into positive behavior is through positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is rewarding positive behavior instead of constantly focusing on negative behaviors. A great way to do this is a token system, a sticker trail, or a simple chart where rewards are granted after so many positive behaviors.

3. Allow natural consequences. By interfering when we don't need to, we rob our children of the ability to learn from the consequences of their actions.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's tips!

Written by guest blogger Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling. You can find Teri at