Rebecca Eanes is a popular parenting blogger and the founder of Positive-Parents.org. In this excerpt from her new book, Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, she explains how to use "positive discipline" with your children.
Positive parenting is a philosophy rooted in connection. It isn’t just a method of discipline—but an entirely different way of relating to children that allows us to maintain a strong bond with them through the ages and stages of childhood while still raising kind and responsible people.
Conventional parenting methods often pit parent against child, as if we are adversaries in a never-ending struggle for power and position. This naturally leads to disconnection between family members and discontent in the home. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way! By using positive parenting in your home, you can maintain the deep connection you are meant to have as you work with, not against, your child to guide him or her along the journey to adulthood. With strong connection comes more cooperation, and with that, more joy and peace in the family.