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Positive parenting involves raising your kids in a way that focuses on their strengths and abilities. Don't take this to mean that disruptive behavior or problems are ignored, though. All parents have to deal with issues of discipline and placing certain limits on their child's behavior. Today, though, our focus is going to be on the kind of parenting wherein positive behavior is encouraged and rewarded.

Among the activities children do, play is among the most important ones. It is during play that children develop many areas related to intelligence and creativity.

Nowadays, children should be encouraged to play outside as well. Kids will benefit from playing sports and organized activities. However, kids should have some unstructured playtime as well. Unstructured playtime allows children to be creative and think up of ways they can entertain themselves. Some studies show that children who are active have fewer behavior issues compared to children who are inactive. When your child behaves inappropriately, you need to correct it immediately. However, when you do so, don't directly criticize your child. Put your focus on the behavior that's undesirable and take the time to explain to your child the inappropriateness of the behavior. Let's say your child comes home from school and shows you his or her low test score. You'll need to explain to your child that low scores can be avoided if he or she studies harder. Never call your child names or even tell your child how “bad” or “stupid” he or she is. Your child needs to know why you have set certain rules and that you expect him or her to abide by those rules. Avoid labeling your child negatively because this only reinforces the undesirable behavior. Spare your child the criticisms. What you need to do is criticize the behavior.

One way to practice positive parenting is to encourage your child's natural curiosity and interest in learning. Let your children play with education toys that they like to play. Does your child like or show interest in art, or some other type of learning? You'll need to be on the alert for this. Schedule trips to the zoo, planetarium, or any other education place that will encourage your child's interests even further. The TV and the computer can be used for learning as well. You'll find many computer games that encourage children to learn new things.

There are quite a few positive parenting tactics that can help you develop a better relationship with your kids. A positive parent focuses on positive outcomes to problems that their child faces instead of dwelling on the problems themselves. You can get started on practicing positive parenting by applying the tips we shared in this article. For more information, you can check your local library or do a search online for sites devoted to this parenting approach.

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