Positive Parenting Tips – Safe Pregnancy
Positive Parenting Tips
Being a parent is not something that can be taken for granted; it’s a lifetime job of love and caring. We want to help you through your journey with your child(ren). Studies have shown that children who are exposed to physical violence, drugs and verbal abuse in the home are more susceptible to following this path. So, it’s essential that you practice positive parenting.
Here are some essential positive parenting tips.
Don’t shout at your children
Research has shown that if you yell at your child(ren) every time they ‘drive you up the wall’ is not conducive to instilling good behaviour in your child. Instead, make an effort to understand their perspective and feelings, then, reason with them logically.
It’s crucial that you always give your children attention, neglecting them won’t encourage or strengthen their self-esteem. A phrase such as ‘I’m proud of you’ can go a long way.
The truth is that just like you, children need kindness and affection. Something as simple as a hug and saying ‘I love you’ makes them feel safe and secure.
Consistent, predictable discipline
Positive parenting doesn’t mean that your child(ren) must never be disciplined, but it needs to be structured in a consistent way. Set ground rules that children understand and reinforce the consequences for breaking the rules such as taking their toy away if they misbehave. Changing the frequency and severity of discipline will confuse the child(ren).
Give your children a sense of security
Your child(ren) need to know that his/her parents are their number one support structure, always. It’s essential that you are a role model. Here are a few examples:
- Show affection toward them
- Treat them with respect
- Acknowledge their feelings
- Give them your full attention when you’re with them
- Remind them that you love them unconditionally
- Be dependable and trustworthy
Take care of yourself
Don’t forget that you need to be in the right headspace; don’t neglect to allocate time for yourself, time to be with adults, or on your own; time to do what you enjoy, to ensure that you’re refreshed and calm. If you have a partner/spouse, work together, sharing your parental responsibilities is important.
You’re entitled to ask for help
Never be afraid to ask for help; no parent is perfect. If some of your close friends have kids, ask for their advice. You don’t have to take this journey alone.
Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)
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