Parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love. No matter what you do, you will always wonder if you’re getting it right. We like to focus on positive parenting practices.
These practices can help you get through this wonderful, terrifying and exhilarating journey knowing you’ve done your best to raise healthy, happy children who know, without a doubt, they are loved and treasured.
Three Parenting Practices Shared Around the World
Despite all the differences in the world when it comes to cultures, religion, faith, and indoctrination there are three parenting goals that are effectively universal, according to the American Psychological Association.
Ensuring the health and safety of our children.
Preparing our children to live productive lives as adults.
Sharing our cultural values with our children.
To accomplish any of these goals, it is essential to have a high-quality relationship with your children and to do the following:
Encourage children to embrace educational opportunities afforded to them.
Change your child’s diet and fitness routine as his or her needs evolve.
Communicate effectively with your child.
Stay involved in your children’s lives from infancy through adolescence.
At the end of the day, you are your child’s best advocate, biggest fan and governing authority.
You may not always be your child’s favorite person. But developing a quality relationship with your child from an early age can help your child know you are always in his or her corner.
Positive Parenting Skills to Develop
Positive parenting doesn’t mean you never tell your child “no.” In fact, creating structure and establishing rules is one of the ways you prepare your children for life as adults.
Children need things like discipline and consequences as much as they need love and acceptance from their parents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us to just make sure you are consistent and predictable in the rules and the consequences for breaking them.
We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you develop positive parenting practices. Incorporate them into your parenting and see how effective they can be for helping you raise a child that’s healthy, happy and a productive member of society.