Children grow by playing, exploring, and learning. In order to do this, your child needs a safe, supervised and interesting environment. When your child’s environment is free of any potential hazards, both you and your child can relax and enjoy quality time together. You can create a safe environment by making sure that all sharp objects, cleaning supplies and uncovered electrical outlets are out of reach and properly covered. You can also make children’s environments interesting by providing them with a variety of toys, crafts and activities so that they are less likely to become bored and misbehave.
It is important for your child to know that you are there to go to for help or for attention. Your child needs a strong supportive and nurturing environment in order to best develop their skills. There are many ways you can help create a positive learning environment for your child. You can:
Contrary to what some people might think, discipline is not a bad word. In fact discipline in a safe, secure, predictable, and loving environment can help your child learn to: accept rules, develop-self control, consider others when expressing their feelings, and awareness that their actions have consequences. Assertive discipline means that as a parent, you:
You are encouraged to discipline in a way that is consistent and quick when a child misbehaves in order to teach your child the proper way to behave and accept responsibility. Positive discipline is more likely to be successful if parents avoid resorting to yelling, name calling, threatening or physical punishment.
Every child is different and every child develops at their own rate. As a parent, you need to not expect more or less of your child than what they are physically and intellectually capable of. Expecting perfection from your child all the time, whether it’s to always be polite, tidy, or happy and cooperative, will only set you up for disappointment—and possible conflict with your children.
Parenting positively is about finding balance. Balance between caring for your child and caring for yourself. Parenting can actually seem easier when you take time for yourself and seek out peer support, companionship, intimacy, recreation and time alone. It is easier for you to be patient, consistent and available to your child when your own needs are being met. Parents should seek ways to balance work and family, be able to call on friends and relatives for assistance, and work as a team with their partner.