The best parenting tool anyone can use is the one you already possess – your relationship with your child. Each of these skills serve to build upon the bond you naturally have with your child. By focusing on your relationship, you can create a positive home environment where you feel more in control and better equipped to handle whatever is thrown your way. The more you build upon these positive parenting skills, you will find that many of the negative behaviors you are concerned about will correct themselves on their own. When a child feels empowered to focus on their own strengths, is rewarded for positive behaviors, receives consistent attention, and knows their parent understands their own experiences, they have less reason to act out or misbehave. Most importantly, when you are able to spend less time correcting, redirecting, and addressing problems, you will find that you have more time to do the things you love most as a parent – having fun together, showing love and affection, and watching your child grow.
If you would like additional support in learning more positive parenting skills, consider seeking help from a trusted therapist. Carolina Pediatric Therapy has a team of experienced and qualified behavioral health therapists ready to work with you and your family.
Positive Parenting Promotes Positive Behavior
Ari Brown is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor on the Behavioral Health team at Carolina Pediatric Therapy. Ari is passionate about helping children and their families achieve mental and emotional wellness and success.
Adapted from Triple P Positive Parenting Skills and Child Parent Relationship Therapy skills developed by Garry Landreth and Sue Bratton.