Today we're continuing our discussion on how to parent children in a positive way. Yesterday we discussed boundaries, positive reinforcement and natural consequences. Let's continue our discussion:
Withdraw from Conflict. This is not going to be easy! It's hard to hold your tongue when your child is talking back, but as a parent we have to model the behavior we want to see from our children. During a tantrum, make sure your child is safe & leave the room. Let your child know you will be in the next room when they're ready to interact peacefully and calmly
Be consistent and follow thru. Children respect parents who mean what they say and say what they mean. This is also how children build trust with a parent. If you say you're going to do something and follow thru, then your child can trust that your word is golden. Consistency and follow thru also creates emotional safety for a child. If you're consistent, then a child will feel safe in knowing what to expect.
Stay tuned for Thursday's positive parenting tips!
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.