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Your Parents' Parenting Worksheet

by Maxine
Posted August 19 2010 04:14pm
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In thinking about how you want to parent your child, it is helpful to review how your parents parented you. Each parent would have treated you differently. This worksheet helps you reflect on how you were parented as a child.

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.
 

Download the Your Parents' Parenting Worksheet (PDF)


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Temperament Trait Strategies: Persistence

by Maxine
Posted July 30 2010 04:48pm
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Persistence : On The Temperament Wheel, is your child high or low? 

Low Persistence – this child gives up easily in face of failure.

Comfort

  • Stay close and offer encouragement when you see your child wanting to give up too early on a task.  This will help her learn to persist a bit longer than if left on her own.

Play

  • Prepare some play activities that are only slightly challenging. This will allow him to experience success, and feel good about the success that comes after what he feels is a lot of persistence.

Teach

  • Break most of his tasks into small, manageable pieces. This will keep him from feeling overwhelmed by the size of the job, and to experience success.
     

 

High Persistence – these children continue to do what they want—even when they're faced with obstacles.

Comfort

  • Show that you understand your child's desire to persist—even if you must stop him from what he is doing.  This helps your child feel loved—even if he's keenly disappointed that he has to stop.

Play

  • Encourage some variety in your child's play—even if she seems to only enjoy one thing.  This will help your child become a more well-rounded child.

Teach

  • Provide firm, clear and consistent limits when she continues to do something that is not good for her. Highly persistent babies need more of this kind of direction than other babies.  This helps your child learn what is acceptable without huge power struggles.

 

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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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Temperament Trait Strategies: Positivity/Mood

by Maxine
Posted July 30 2010 04:50pm
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Positivity/Mood: On The Temperament Wheel, is your child high or low? 

Low Positivity – this child is serious and more difficult to please.  These children find it hard to have a positive attitude when they experience a setback.

Comfort

  • Provide as much comfort as you can without going overboard. With children like this, you may not be able to change their overall mood.  This will help your child learn that there are limits to what others can do to make her life happier.

Play

  • Physical exercise is a great way to improve your child's mood.  Find the kinds of active play that please your baby. Then, faithfully work them into your regular routine. This will help your child enjoy the enhanced mood that comes from physical exercise.

Teach

  • Reward your baby when she smiles and expresses happiness.  This will help your child learn that these simple actions please others. In turn, others will want to make her happy, too.

 

High Positivity – these children are just generally sunny, cheerful and resilient in the face of setbacks..

Comfort

  • Provide lots of bonding time. Sometimes adults take these children for granted because they need so little to be happy.  This will help your child become attached to you and want to please you.

Play

  • Enjoy your playtime together. It's a gift to be able to play with a child who is naturally cheerful.  This will help our child learn to like to play.

Teach

  • Don't push your baby too hard. Although she's naturally cheerful when you give her challenges, she needs time to set her own goals.  This will help her become self-motivated as well as very likeable.

 

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