Positive Parenting reinforces the belief that raising a child is an important responsibility that should promote and support the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of the child. Let’s cut to the chase and explore each one of these important factors in detail.

The 5 Ps of Positive Parenting

#1. Prevention

This particular aspect of parenting holds true especially for infants and toddlers, who are yet to understand the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong for them. Injuries are quite common in the age group of 0 to 5 years and parents have a vital responsibility to perform here.

As a parent, you must acquaint yourself with the perils of infant suffocation, fall-prevention, burn injuries, drowning, motor-related accidents, etc., which can cause serious injury to your little one or even prove fatal. Attention to detail matters when it comes to your child’s safety. For instance, when they are around staircases, “The space between the long, narrow slats across the front of a baby gate should be no wider than two or three inches,” recommends an article by The Stair Barrier.

For parents who have older children, an important question to ask here is: Are you on course to becoming a Helicopter Parent? Deciding to micro manage your child’s life can have adverse consequences on their future life. These are competitive times, when even a 4.0 GPA can’t guarantee admission into the Ivy Leagues or for that matter guarantee jobs to college students who have excelled all through their academic life, argues Dr. Joel L Young, in an article on Psychology Today on The Effects of ‘Helicopter Parenting’. Dr. Young goes on to mention a study that establishes the ill effects of helicopter parenting in stunting emotional and cognitive development in young children.

# 2. Protection

Time to introduce you to some hard facts! Did you know that as of December 31, 2016, there were 88,040 active cases of missing persons in the United States, out of which juveniles under the age of 18 years accounted for 38.3% (33,706) of the cases? These statistics are a part of the data collated by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), under the FBI.

It is therefore important to never drop your guard when it comes to supervising a young child. As soon as possible, teach your kids the emergency response steps (like calling 911) to follow if they have been forcefully taken away by someone.

#3. Participatory

Always value feedback coming from your children. An open parent-child communication channel will help in uncovering and addressing issues like bullying, and help your child effectively handle moments of emotional distress.

#4. Progress

Young children must be given adequate exposure to the outside world. Do not make your child a couch potato by turning on the television. Instead, take them out every now and then, since this will help in developing their cognitive and social skills.

#5. Planning

Positive parents are proactive when it comes to planning the future of their child. They are the ones who will realize quite early that there will come a time in the life of their children when they will have to pursue higher education. Sound financial planning, which starts early, will have to factor in the ever-rising cost of education and appropriate investment decisions to meet these expenses.

Remember that the gentle nurturing that you focus on today will yield rich dividends and help your children become responsible adults and citizens in the future. The 5 Ps mentioned here are a good starting point to begin this significant transition.

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