52 Positive Discipline Parenting Tools

Sunday, July 01, 2012 0 Comments A+ a-

I received a complimentary deck of parenting tool cards to facilitate this review. The views expressed are honest, and my own.

For the past three months, I've been working on using positive discipline at home.

For those of you who don't know what positive discipline is, let me explain a little bit about why it is important, and what it entails.

Positive discipline is about treating your children with love and respect at all times. It focuses on teaching children how to behave as opposed to punishing them. After all, the word discipline comes from the Latin word discipl─źna, which means to teachAs a result, of being taught how to make good decisions, children develop an internal desire to do good. 

Why not "traditional" discipline?
  • Yelling, spanking, and time-outs create a child who operates out of fear of punishment, not an internal desire to do the right thing.
  • Instilling fear in children serves no purpose and creates feelings of shame and humiliation. Fear has been shown to lead to an increased risk of future antisocial behavior including crime and substance abuse.
  • Controlling or manipulative discipline compromises the trust between parent and child, and harms the attachment bond.
  • Harsh, physical discipline teaches children that violence is the only way to solve problems

5 Criteria For Positive Discipline 
  1. Helps children feel a sense of connection. (Belonging and significance)
  2. Is mutually respectful and encouraging. (Kind and firm at the same time.)
  3. Is effective long-term. (Considers what the child is thinking, feeling, learning, and deciding about himself and his world – and what to do in the future to survive or to thrive.)
  4. Teaches important social and life skills . (Respect, concern for others, problem solving, and cooperation as well as the skills to contribute to the home, school or larger community.)
  5. Invites children to discover how capable they are. (Encourages the constructive use of personal power and autonomy.)
Positive discipline is anything but passive, permissive, or easy, for that manner. You're in a constant state of trying to educate your child, and it can be exhausting at times. I've found Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards to be an incredible help as I practice the use of positive discipline at home. 

Each one of the 52 Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards is an invaluable tip to help you become a better parent. Here are a few of my favorites. :)

You can purchase the whole deck of parenting tool cards on Amazon for just $12. They have been an amazing resource for me as a parent. I only wish I had found out about them sooner! They are an absolute must-have for every parent! I also recommend the following books for anyony interested in learning more about positive discipline.

Do you have any parenting tips you would like to share? Leave a comment in the section below. :)

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