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Children’s Health by Positive Parenting

Raising children can be challenging and no parent is perfect. Parents are responsible to provide loving environment, safety, to provide nurture, emotional wellness and physical wellness for children.

 

Parenting can have good or bad effects on a child's health, and the good news is that parents can learn good parenting skills.

 

Your child’s first three years are crucial. Those are the years that your child will develop significant intellectual, emotional and social abilities. That’s when they learn to give and accept love. They learn confidence, security, and empathy … they learn to be curious and persistent …everything your child needs to learn to relate well to others, and lead a happy and productive life.

 

Positive Parenting Means:

1. Being positive and supportive, and encourage them to talk about their feelings. Letting  children know it is alright to feel upset, but make sure they know how much they are loved

2. Showing your love – Nurture your children and tell them every day "I love you. You're special." Give lots of hugs and kisses.

3. Reflecting on Our Parent Role Models 

4. Negotiation 

5. Listening to your children tells them that you think they're important and that you're interested in what they have to say.

6. Treating children With Respect, Kindness and Compassion

7. Giving Praise and Encouragement - When your children learn something new or behave well, tell them you're so proud of them. Criticize the behaviour, not the child. Teaching your child to do the right things is better than constantly punishing bad behaviour.

8. Reinforcing Positive Behaviour 

9. Understanding

10. Providing order in their lives. Keep a regular schedule of meals, naps and bedtimes. If you have to change the schedule, tell them about the changes ahead of time.

11. Make Your Children Feel Protected. Comfort them when they're scared. Show them you've taken steps to protect them and keep them safe.

12. Helping Children Find Solutions to Their Own Problems

13. Teaching Kids How to Deal With Sibling Rivalry, Anger, Peer Pressure, Bullying, etc. .

14. Spending Time With Your Children. Do things together, like reading, walking, playing and cleaning house. What children want most is your attention. They use bad behaviour as a way of getting your attention.

15. Setting Boundaries 

16. Building Children's Self-Esteem 

17. Being Consistent and firm in enforcing rules and explaining the reasons for the rules in words your child can understand. Consistent means the rules are the same all the time. If two parents are raising a child, both need to use the same rules.

 

Reference

1, Love our ChildrenUSA

http://www.loveourchildrenusa.org/index.php

Accessed: 05/03/2012

2, Nhs Choices, Parent Caring

http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/guide/parent-carers/pages/talking-about-childs-illness.aspx

Accessed: 05/03/2012

 

 

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