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The Transition House, Inc.

Active parenting: Techniques to improve your parent-child relationship

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Active parenting is a technique that is based on psychological principles that promote positive interactions between a parent and child. It's based on the application of Adlerian Parenting Theory, which is defined by mutual respect among family members within an authoritatively-run family. The program teaches parents how to raise a child by using encouragement, building the child's self esteem, and creating a relationship with the child based upon active listening, effective communication, and problem solving. It also teaches parents to use natural and logical consequences and other positive discipline skills to reduce irresponsible and unacceptable behaviors.

This practice means that active parenting is not simply trying to make kids behave for the sake of behaving. Instead, active parenting involves setting goals for your children to achieve and creating standards of behavior within those goals. These goals could be as simple as being polite to others or getting straight A's in school.

This method is also based on the principle that social interactions between parents and children are the defining elements of their relationships. Based on that fact, parents should be mindful of their actions towards their children and the effects they might have on them. As mentioned previously, a large part of active parenting is respect. A mutual respect can lead to a greater relationship. The ultimate goal here is to strengthen the relationship with every interaction.  

Perspective is key to active parenting. Imagining yourself walking in the shoes of your child can be eye opening and can encourage you to think about things from their perspective. Parents should ask probing questions to help identify why a child is behaving a certain way rather than reacting negatively to the behavior. Otherwise this will just result in a negative behavior and reaction cycle.

Additional principles include an understanding that while nature and nurture both play major roles in child development, personal responsibility also plays a role. Since active parenting takes a holistic view toward the child, all aspects of why a child behaves a certain way must be considered and accounted for. Accepting your child for who they are, not who you want them to be, can be key in understanding and connecting with them. 

The Transition House will be opening up an 8-week parenting class in October. The group will be conducted by The Transition House Psychologist, Dr. Jaymes Gonzales. It will meet on Thursdays from 9am to 11am. The program will help open up the lines of communication before they get clogged, teach responsibility, courage, and other important character traits. It will also encourage success in school in seven steps, and aim to prevent future problems with drugs, alcohol, and sex. This class will provide you with the tools necessary to diffuse power struggles with your child(ren), and to stimulate independence as your child grows older. 

For more information on our parenting class, call 407-892-5700



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