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Finishing Up

It doesn’t matter what your parenting goals are, you can use the guidelines in this series to help you create your own unique positive parenting goals. Decide on your goals, share them with your family, and come up with a plan to accomplish those goals. Make it a family effort and have fun doing it.

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Positive Parenting # 13

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Goal # 3 for Positive Parenting: Limit Angry Outbursts

As we already talked about, everyone gets angry. What we do with that anger is what matters. In many families, it’s not just the anger of parents that is the problem. In a home where yelling is acceptable, kids often model the same behavior. If there is a lot of yelling or more abusive name-calling and fighting in your home, here are some ideas for a more serene home.

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Goal # 2 for Positive Parenting: Adopt a Healthy Family Lifestyle

In today’s hectic world, it’s sometimes easy to let healthy choices and time for an active lifestyle to go out the window. If you want a healthy outlook to dominate your children’s lives, it has to start with you. If you want healthy kids, you have to be a healthy parent.

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Positive Parenting & Your Goals

The previous 10 postings about guidelines has probably already generated a lot of ideas about goals you could set for you and your children in a positive home environment. Here are some specific parenting goals you may want to share with your children.

Goal # 1 for Positive Parenting: Schedule More Family Time

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Positive Parenting # 10

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Guideline # 10 for Positive Parenting
Listen to Your Children

Listening allows children to feel free to talk to you about anything that is troubling them and makes you a trusted confidant.

If your child has something to say, listen to them. Make eye contact with them and listen to them at eye-level. Don’t interrupt them and let them get their thoughts and feelings out. Listen to their dreams and aspirations. They need to feel confident in sharing their innermost desires.

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Positive Parenting # 9

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Guideline # 9 for Positive Parenting
Control The Anger

When our children do something dangerous or against your family’s rules it’s sometimes easy to lose our cool, especially when they’ve done the same behavior repeatedly. Anger is a natural emotion, but it needs to be controlled and expressing anger by yelling and hurtful words is not always the best solution.

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Guideline # 8 for Positive Parenting
Avoid Bribery

We’ve all done it, especially with younger and unruly children. The problem with offering bribes for good behavior is that kids become focused on the rewards and do not worry so much about what is good behavior. Children who are accustomed to bribes may also demand more bribes and refuse to behave, unless there’s something in it for them!

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Positive Parenting # 7

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(oops. I seem to have lost this series 🙂 Hopefully I can stay on track now and finish it!)

Guideline # 7 for Positive Parenting
Praise Your Children

This one has a HUGE impact. Praise your children for the things they do well, for the improvements and efforts they make, and encourage them to pursue their interests. Do what you can to make sure your children are surrounded by people who praise, including older siblings, relatives, educators, and friends.

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Guideline # 6 for Positive Parenting
Play & Interact with Your Children

Be involved with your children. Play games together, go on outings together, have fun. Even if your children are older and more independent, find things that you can do together. Interacting with your children deepens your family connection and allows you to demonstrate yourself as a role model for your children.

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Guideline # 5 for Positive Parenting
Be a Role Model & Teacher

Demonstrate how your children should behave and relate to other people with your own example. If we are constantly angry and yelling (which we’ll talk about a bit later), how can we expect our children not to use anger in their interactions with other people?

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