Positive Discipline Makes You A Better Parent
Positive Discipline is a very powerful way to teach children to be responsible. One of its side benefits is that it makes you a better parent. Yes, I am referring to how it makes you more effective and how you become more skilled at getting your children to cooperate. Jane Nelsen’s work teaches that. But primarily, I have found that Positive Discipline also gives you an opportunity to grow your character and become a better parent and person.
Positive Discipline helps you be more loving and patient.
I believe that all parents love their kids. Sometimes that love gets strained when kids misbehave. Positive Discipline teaches that a misbehaving child is a discouraged child. Read that again slowly. How does it feel? As a parent, I have wondered if my child had malicious intent. When I think that thought, I become angry and vengeful. I start having feelings I don’t want to have as a parent because they lead to more angry and vengeful situations. When I think of my child as being discouraged, I feel compassion. It softens my heart. It makes me more loving and patient. It keeps me in line with my parenting intentions, so I don’t do things I regret later. This method of child discipline keeps you grounded in love. When you come from love, you are coming from the most powerful position on the planet. It is a pure and noble position of strength. Your children will feel it, and more importantly, you will feel it.
Positive Discipline clarifies your intention.
My intention was to have positive, successful, responsible kids. So I wanted a way of disciplining children that would help me create that result. To achieve a particular result, you must be clear about what you want, and then follow a plan to get there. It helps when other people have walked that path before you and can teach you how to create that result. When I first heard about Positive Discipline, I thought to myself, I want positive kids, so Positive Discipline sounds like a match. As I studied, and more importantly, applied Positive Discipline, I found that it was a match. I felt great using its methods. It felt great knowing that what I was doing was designed for a positive outcome. Just having a name for what you are doing helps you to be clear about your intention. Your kids are relying on you to be clear so that you can support their growth and development.