Positive Parenting: In Honor of Father’s Day


American SPCC supports healthy parent-child relationships, and is a strong proponent of non-violent, positive parenting. We hope to help break the cycle of child maltreatment and violence, and have a positive effective on the well-being of children and families.

There is no doubt that parenting can be rewarding and exhausting all at the same time. The process of parenting is a full-time job, full of joys, trials, challenges, and triumphs. No parent is perfect. However, good parents take their parenting roles seriously, and are empowered to learn and develop their positive parenting skills. They accept responsibility for the total healthy development of their child, and good parents act as a positive role model. They mentor and guide their child through childhood to a successful adulthood.

What is the Definition of a Parent?

According to the Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, a parent is described as ” a protector or guardian,” “to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline,” and, “a person who brings up and cares for another.”

What are 3 Major Parenting Goals?

  1. Ensuring children’s health and safety
  2. Preparing children for life as productive adults
  3. And, transmitting cultural values3
    (Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology)

According to the American Psychological Association, a high-quality parent-child relationship is critical for healthy development.

4 Key Points to Positive Parenting Success:

  • An Effective Parent
    Your words and actions influence your child the way you want them to.
  • A Consistent Parent
    You follow similar principles or practices in your words and actions.
  • An Active Parent
    You participate in your child’s life.
  • An Attentive Parent
    You pay attention to your child’s life and observe what goes on.

From Adventures in Parenting. Click here to download a complete pdf copy.
Courtesy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

What are the Benefits of Positive Parenting?Parenting-Positive-Happy-Mother-Child

Positive parent-child relationships provide the foundation for children’s learning. With parents’ sensitive, responsive, and predictable care, young children develop the skills they need to succeed in life1. Early parent-child relationships have powerful effects on children’s emotional well-being (Dawson & Ashman, 2000), their basic coping and problem-solving abilities, and future capacity for relationships (Lerner & Castellino, 2002). From Positive Parent-Child-Relationships. Click here to download a complete pdf copy. Courtesy of HHS,gov and The National Center on Parent Family Community Engagement.

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