July 16, 2021
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5 ways positive parenting creates a lifelong connection with your child
The goal of positive parenting is to build a deep, lifelong connection with your child. It’s the idea that while our primary role as parents may end when our children move out, we’re still a guiding presence in their lives. I don’t want to parent my children once they’ve stepped out on their own, but I do want to be there as a source of wisdom, support, and guidance when needed.
Ways to be a positive parent:
1. Teach them how to do age-appropriate tasks.
When I ask my kids to do something around the house, and they say, “I don’t know how,” I hear a teaching opportunity.
2. Give them autonomy (within reason, of course).
Let’s talk about parenting toddlers. If you aren’t there yet, just hang on and get ready for some exciting years.
3. Reward positive effort, regardless of the outcome.
I’ve often heard it said, “What gets recognized, gets repeated.”
4. Be a positive role model.
Your children are listening and watching. Remember, more is caught than taught.
5. Make positive family experiences a priority.
Our kids don’t need extravagance; they need us to create memories with them.
7 ways to treat your family really well
What would happen behind closed doors if people acted like someone was watching? Would your conversation, tone of voice and behavior be different? In many instances, the answer is probably yes. So, how about trying something different? Instead of doing the same routine, be creative and shake things up a little.
Here are 7 ways to treat your family well:
1.) Try being more patient
2.) Give family members a head start
3.) Watch your tone of voice
5.) Treat each other like you want to be treated
6.) Have a contribution jar handy
7.) Model what you’d like to see in your family
If the environment around your house feels chaotic, tense and uncomfortable, change is possible. Do something different!
Q: When was the first known use of the word, “relationship?”
what we’re lovin’
This week’s picks come from Chris Ownby, a husband, #GirlDad of 2, and a Healthy Relationship facilitator here at First Things First! Take a peek at his recommendations for this week because they are just THAT GOOD. Check ’em out 👀:
📖 Artificial Maturity by Tim Elmore remains one of my favorite parenting books and gives some very thought-provoking considerations to how we prepare our kids for adulthood, even from a very early age.
😂 Dadsaysjokes is a must-follow for dads on Instagram. Dad jokes never get old! (At least in the mind of a father.)
🃏 Spicy Uno My kids love Uno, and they recently came home from camp with a new version called Spicy Uno (rules are in the link). Lots of fun for the family!
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