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Positive Parenting

What is positive parenting?

Positive parenting is about understanding children’s behaviour and how to help kids develop in a healthy way. It includes preventing child abuse as well as taking steps to support a child’s development by encouraging good behaviour, reinforcing proper values and using reasonable discipline when it’s appropriate.

Positive parenting and discipline involve:

  • Positive reinforcement – letting kids know when they have behaved well
  • Modelling – setting a good example for kids about how to act
  • Being consistent – creating an environment where children know what to expect, what’s right and wrong, and how to behave
  • Taking time outs – removing a child (or adult) from a situation to let everyone ‘cool down’
  • Giving logical consequences – making sure that discipline suits the situation and is reasonable (e.g., no parent can send a child to his or her room for two weeks)

Learn more about positive parenting, and how children develop.