Teenagers: Competent & Capable

Teenagers: Competent & Capable

Parenting, Teens 13-18 Years
Often the struggles we find ourselves caught in with our children can be eased by recognizing and honoring their age appropriate capabilities. And with their capable, competent selves appreciated and affirmed, we can now build a strong foundation for the future independent and successful adult we all hope for. Isn?t this just what our parenting journey is all about? Growing an adult ready and able to live well? Just what does capable and competent look like through the ages? This series at positive parenting connection covers the different ages & stages from Babies on up, bringing you great information about each phase of childhood! This is the last part in the series: Teens! A tumultuous and terrific time! On the verge of adulthood and incredibly competent and capable...often much to…
Read More
35 Phrases For Encouraging Cooperation Between Child and Parent

35 Phrases For Encouraging Cooperation Between Child and Parent

Parenting, Positive Discipline
Positive Parenting focuses on cooperation and solutions instead of control and coercion. One component of encouraging cooperation is attuning ourselves to the needs and ideas of our children and finding ways to incorporate these needs into daily tasks. Especially young children really want to participate and help in their own care. Allowing space for children to make small decisions also means they will be more likely to listen and follow your guidance when they can't make a choice. Just this morning my two year old was washing her hands. ┬áThe water had been running for almost a minute and I really wanted it turned off. I was really tempted to just shut the water. Yet, knowing just how engaged and happy she was washing her hands and investigating the soap,…
Read More