This is the first installment of the Parent Guide Podcast. This is an outlet where we interview all kinds of parents with all different age groups. Each week we tackle a different topic, and a parent will be invited on to our episode to share their experiences and advice pertaining to that topic.
In this week’s episode, we delve into Positive Discipline, also known as Positive Parenting.
Our guest, Kim, who is a mom of two boys, talks about how she uses this technique with her kids.
Positive Parenting is based on the philosophy that there are no bad children, just good and bad behaviors. This style of discipline emphasizes encouraging good behavior, rather than punishing bad behavior. Kim is a subscriber to this technique, and she utilizes this philosophy with a system that rewards good behavior. In the podcast, she expands on how she uses beads and jars to raise boys that are well-behaved.
Kim notes that it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. Despite her kids being very well-behaved, there are obviously times when it can be tough. She explains that the biggest challenge with parenting is with yourself, as a parent. Everyone is human and you will mess up. You simply have to forgive and correct your mistakes. In addition to this, Kim says that she has grown as a person, using this parenting technique with her kids.
Here’s what a professional has to say about this topic:
Psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld and coauthor of The Over-Scheduled Child says “Many parents think of discipline as a way to correct their child’s bad behavior, often by using punishment.”
“The debate becomes ‘What sort of punishment works best?’ Instead, parents should ask themselves, ‘How do I raise a child who’ll become an adult that I’ll admire and respect?’ That’s the goal of discipline.”Listen in on the podcast to hear the full conversation on Positive Discipline and Parenting!