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My Parenting

by Maxine
Posted August 19 2010 04:24pm
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To bring Positive Parenting into action, each of you need to reflect on your own abilities and strengths for parenting. This is key information to help you support each other in becoming the parents you want to be.

Don’t worry—you don’t have to be perfect! Not every parent is terrific in every aspect of being a Positive Parent. But it is important for you to know your positive strengths, as well as the areas you hope to improve. The ideal situation is for your partner to balance you out in the areas that are the most challenging for you. If you are both a little short in the same area, it’s a good idea to bring other caring adults into your child’s life. People like grandparents, aunts and uncles, nannies and daycare providers can offer a wider base of positivity.

How’s Your Parenting?

To help you reflect on your strengths and abilities as a Positive Parent, rate yourself and your partner on the characteristics found in the worksheet below. After you’ve completed your assessments, discuss the ratings you gave yourselves and each other. Talk about the reasons why you gave the ratings you did. Share your hopes for how you want to be a Positive Parent.

Download the My Parenting Worksheet (PDF)

Try to have each parent of your child complete this worksheet.  Sharing your ratings with one another is a good way to start talking about the kind of parenting each of you wants to provide for your child.

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