Let’s face it: parenting is rewarding, but also exhausting. It’s full of hard work, joyful moments, challenges and rewards. The American SPCC (Society for the Positive Care of Children) gives tips to parents to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of children, youth, and families.

Through positive parenting, parents establish a relationship with their children based on mutual understanding, communication and respect.

They define the three goals of parenting as: ensuring your child’s health and safety, preparing your child for life as productive adults, and transmitting cultural values. Overall, positive parenting is vital for healthy development.

The four pillars of positive parenting include:

  • 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

As the American SPCC points out, there are ways to achieve positive parenting. You can use these 5 tools to get started:

  • Responding to your child in an appropriate behavior
  • Preventing risky behavior or problems before they arise
  • Monitoring your child’s contact with his or her surrounding world
  • Mentoring your child to support and encourage desired behaviors

Bottom line: the way you act around your children becomes a model for how they’ll act and affects their development. How do you engage in positive parenting behavior?