Positive Parenting

BC Witney March 2012 061

At Baby College we help parents navigate their way through the difficult task of parenting their babies and toddlers (especially those toddlers).

During the classes positive parenting is encouraged.  Positive Parenting is a framework that parents can adopt which helps them re assess their interactions with their children and helps make these more positive. It’s a framework that works for all children whether they are 16 months or 16 years old.

The first step is to realise why their baby or child is displaying a certain behaviour.  All children test the limits you set and try to cross boundaries some of the time. This is an inevitable part of growing up, learning and becoming an independent person. Younger children particularly may test constantly. This is not them being naughty or disobedient – it is the only way they can learn when you mean what you say and what the limits to their behaviour are.

Attention seeking: Children crave attention from their parents and will do just about anything to get it.

Feeling powerless: Children (like adults) like to feel in control of their lives and if a child feels upset at not having control, they may often hit out or get mad at an older sibling or friend or you.

Feeling sad: A child of any age may show that they are feeling sad or anxious by behaving badly and may need more sympathy and affection. Punishing them will only make matters worse.

Stage of development: Some children are simply not able to do what their parents want because of their age or stage of development.
Revenge: Trying to get back at someone they feel has treated them badly – a sibling, parent or friend. Children may not understand your reasons for insisting on a rule or limit – it helps to recognise their feelings of anger.

Positive Parenting helps parents understand their child’s actions and the reasons behind them.  Simple steps and ideas are promoted and discussed so that parents can help their children understand and navigate this sometimes confusing world.

To find out more book online into one of our classes at http://www.babycollege.co.uk




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