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Learning to be a Positive Parent

by Maxine
Posted August 19 2010 04:30pm
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There are two ways to help you become a Positive Parent:

  • Think about your own parents’ strengths and abilities as a parent. 
  • Reflect on your own and your partner’s skills for parenting.  Even if you are not living together, this is key information to help you support each other in becoming the parents you want to be.

Below are two worksheets to help you think this through.  One is about you and your partner’s parenting, and the other covers your own parents’ parenting.

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 strengths, as well as the areas you hope to improve. The ideal situation is for parents to balance each other out in the areas that are the most challenging for them. 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.

After you’ve completed the worksheets, discuss the ratings you gave yourselves, with each other.  Talk about the reasons why you gave the ratings you did. Share your hopes with each other for how you want to be a Positive Parent.

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