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Babies and Children - Triple P

Tips for Parents

Assertive Discipline

What do you consider assertive discipline? Is it just another word for punishment? Or is it something altogether different? What if we consider it to be a learning opportunity that guides our children on their journey to adulthood?

When considered as a learning opportunity, assertive discipline involves being consistent, acting quickly when children and teenagers behave inappropriately and teaching them how to behave appropriately. They also need a family environment that is secure, predictable and loving. A warm, loving relationship between parent and child is vital for parents to use expectations as learning opportunities for our children and teenagers.

Think about the basic ground rules you want in your house (ie. What's important to you?) and make them developmentally appropriate. For toddlers, ground rules might be “Keep your hands to yourself. Be gentle”; for pre-schoolers, “Walk in the house”; for older children and teenagers, “Speak respectfully”. Stay calm when expectations are not met and be sure to praise and encourage your children and teenagers when they behave well. We all like to be noticed for the things we do well!

Be sure to talk with your children and teenagers about these ground rules. With teenagers, it is important to involve them in negotiating family rules and responsibilities from the start. Sometimes we can avoid problems by thinking ahead and clearly stating what our expectations for behaviour are.

Triple P is the Positive Parenting Program. To explore answers to more of your parenting questions, visit www.triplep-parenting.ca or call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.

 

Having Realistic Expectations

Feeling less than perfect as a parent these days? Maybe it's time to re-think your expectations of yourself and of those around you. One of the key principles of positive parenting is to have realistic expectations. There will always be new strategies to try and things to do differently, but one of the most important things we can do as parents is to show our kids love.

Sometimes we think that time spent with our children and/or teenagers must be memorable - an “event” with all the bells and whistles that lasts for hours. Instead try spending smaller amounts of time throughout your day together. Take a few minutes to play dress-up with your preschooler, comment on your child's creative artwork from school or pop into your teenager's bedroom with a snack to share. Take time to laugh together, listen to their stories and opinions and have a conversation. This tells your child and/or teenager how important they are to you.

Remember that your children and teenagers are individuals and develop at different ages. Problems may arise when we, as parents, expect too much too soon, or expect our children and teenagers to be perfect. All of us make mistakes. Most mistakes are not intentional and can be amazing learning opportunities, both for us as parents and for our children and teenagers.
Having realistic expectations, spending short, quality amounts of time together and having family conversations contribute to our children and teenagers’ emotional development and mental well-being.

For more information on having realistic expectations, visit the Triple P website or call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.

 

Taking Care of Yourself as a Parent

  1. For Mothers
  2. "A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." Tenneva Jordan.

    May is the month for celebrating Mothers! For all the sacrifices they make, for all the endless meals and laundry completed, for all the scraped knees that required kisses, and sick children cared for, THANK YOU MOM! But did you know, that to be an even better Mother, you need to take care of yourself? This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th, encourage all mothers to enjoy their favorite activity. If parents' own needs are being met, it is much easier to be patient, consistent and available to your children.

    Triple P is the Positive Parenting Program. To explore answers to more of your parenting questions, visit www.triplep-parenting.ca or call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.

  1. For Fathers
  2. “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad” Anne Geddes.

    As Father's Day approaches, who are the Dads in your life? Who has inspired you, supported you or encouraged you? If you are a father, remind yourself that:

    1. Managing a family can have its challenges. It's OK to make mistakes and learn as you go.

    2. Surrounding yourself with supportive, helpful people encourages you to be positive and to parent well.

    3. Regular exercise can help keep you healthy AND can be a great way to spend time with your kids!

    This Father's Day, June 18th, thank the male role models in your life for the many ways they inspire you to be a better parent! To explore answers to more of your parenting questions, visit www.triplep-parenting.ca or call the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853.




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