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Parenting Positive

Published: 07/28/2011 by Dawn Billings

Parenting Positive Children

Positive parenting: What does that mean? Does it mean that you are positive parents or that you understand how to raise happy, positive children? Some experts tell us that Kids raised using a positive parenting approach have stronger self esteem, more confidence, and are happier. But not too many tell you why. This article will focus on what it means to teach your children to be positive and why that helps to insure their happiness and success.

Being positive means choosing to look at circumstances through a positive lenses. It teaches children to step back, observe situations and ask themselves, how can I use this situation to make me a stronger, more resilient person? Yes, we can teach our children words like resilient. Every parent wants to raise capable children. Can you do this if you are a single-parent? Yes, of course you can.

Here are some simple tips on parenting to help you teach your children to live their lives more positively.

1. Teach your children the value of great dreams. Teach your children to dream great dreams. Envision the future with your children. Help them see their greatest dreams coming true in their minds. This creates great internal motivation. Dreaming wildly helps children think outside the box and gives them a direction and purpose. If you would like to learn more about teaching your children to dream great dreams – check out www.getCapables.com to find the most extraordinary “heart of dreams” tool for you and your children.

2. Teach your children the value of great goals. When you talk about and write down both short-term and long-term goals, and the steps it takes to achieve those goals, your children create a guide to how to life and a WHY to learn, grow, and give in their lives. Having a dream that you love, and setting goals to make your dreams come true fills our your child’s life with HOPE. When they feel hopeful, they feel more positive and content.

3. Teach your children appreciation. Appreciation is the secret to happiness. You cannot be happy, unless you learn appreciation. Appreciation is a gift we give to others, as well as, ourselves. Appreciation reminds us of what we have to be grateful for, and helps our children remember all the good things they have, instead of making themselves miserable with their “perceived” lack.

4. Teach your children to value of great relationships: Teach your children how to nurture positive, healthy relationships with family and friends. Our relationships ground us and provide us the connection we need to feel safe, secure, and successful. When we feel as though we “belong” we thrive in life. Teaching your children to create and nurture positive, supportive networks of friends and families will serve them greatly throughout their lives.

5. Teach your children the value of optimism: Optimism feeds hope, hope feeds happiness, when we feel happy and hopeful, we feel positive about our life, when we feel positively about ourselves, our goals, our dreams and our lives, we are more likely to achieve great things. Optimism is an attitude and it colors how we perceive the circumstances and challenges that we will face. Teaching your child how to use optimism to bless and benefit their lives and the lives of others is a great gift.

6. Teach your children the value of Perseverance: When you teach your child to persevere, you teach them internal fortitude. Our internal fortitude is like a muscle, we must use it in order for it to grow strong. Teaching your children to keep on – keeping on, even when they feel like giving up will bring them much success in all areas of their lives.

6. Teach your children the value of Self-Awareness: It is important for children to become self-aware. Who are they? What are their personality tendencies? How is their personality different from others? You can take a very easy and accurate personality test for free by visiting: http://www.DawnBillings.com

7. Teach your children the value of Fitness: Parents who care about their health and demonstrate a willingness to make their health and wellness a priority by eating right, exercising, drinking lots of water, getting sleep and taking time for themselves – pass on these habits to their children. Being capable of being responsible for recognizing and meeting your own needs is a critical strength, but more importantly, healthy people are more positive, content people.

Additional core strengths you should focus on when parenting-positive include:

Resilience: Teaching your children to react positively to difficult and challenging experiences in their lives, teaches them resilience. Resilience promotes tenacity, dedication and determination.

Character: Raising a child of character, is an extraordinary feeling. In order for a child to develop great character they must base their life and their choices on values. Get together as a family and great a list of great values that your family stands for. If you don’t know what you stand for, you will fall for anything.

Humor: Teaching your children how to use humor in their lives to ease stress and not sweat the small stuff is invaluable to living a positive life. A well-developed sense of humor is the first sign of strong emotional intelligence and is a great tool for dealing with the inevitable stresses of your life.

Empathy: Teaching your children to imagine how someone else might see an experience or situation is called empathy. When we can imagine the world through the eyes of others, we have a much better chance of creating and maintaining positive, healthy relationships. If you are looking for a great and easy tool to use to teach your children empathy and emotional intelligence – consider the CAPABLES.

Developing positive core strengths in your children requires you develop these core strengths as well. No matter what you try to teach your kids, they will model your behavior. Choosing to live positively is the best way to model and teach your children to live positively as well.

by Dawn Billings teaches positive parenting. Dawn is the creator of the patent-pending Parent Tool and Child Development System called CAPABLES. Dawn is the author of over 15 books. Dawn is also the CEO & Founder of TROVA Business Network, Heart to Heart Media, and The Heart Link Women’s Network, with over 160 networking event locations

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