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Positive parenting is about creating a nurturing environment based on mutual respect, where children feel safe and supported, and can grow into happy, responsible adults. The purpose of positive parenting and positive discipline is to teach children boundaries, values, and behaviour in a non-punitive way.

Positive discipline is how you guide and teach your child in a way that protects and socializes them to have self-control, be independent, and respect themselves and others. The goal is to use positive parenting skills that encourage your child’s sense of responsibility, nurture self-esteem and strengthen your relationship with your child. This may involve setting limits, explaining why a certain behaviour is wrong and what can be done instead, discussing values, and using distraction, time-ins, and natural or logical consequences.

Based on evidence and research, Bruce Grey Child and Family Services does not support physical discipline of children. This contributes to normalizing violence and is a risk factor for a number of long-term physical and mental health struggles in children and youth into adulthood.

Feeling Overwhelmed

There may be times when you are feeling overwhelmed, and nothing seems to work:

  • Make Sure Your Child is Safe

  • Remain Calm

  • Step Away

    Step away from the situation for a short time and return when calm. Always ensure someone is able to supervise your child if you take space outside the home or in a situation where the child requires constant supervision.

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  • Take Deep Breaths

  • Call a Friend, Family Member or Crisis Response Line

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