Every parent in the world knows what a difficult and trying job parenting is. The daily demands of a parent piled onto the ordinary household chores can drive anyone a bit off-balance from time to time.
In addition to preparing meals, doing laundry, shopping, and the dozens of other things, there is that child having a tantrum because he doesn’t want to wear a coat and hat when you’re taking him out on a day in January or he wants to continue playing on the living room floor when it’s time to eat.
And every parent knows that there are moments when we have handled a situation all wrong. It comes with the territory.
But there are some suggestions from professionals in the field of child care that are often helpful for parents to keep in mind.
Parenting comes with mistakes and missteps,” acknowledges Zero to Three, an authoritative national organization devoted to the well-being of children and families. “What makes a parent great is recognizing when things haven’t gone right and responding with love to repair the relationship. That’s positive parenting in action”
A Zero to Three paper, Nine Elements of Positive Parenting, outlines useful suggestions parents can keep in mind that are helpful in what is probably the world’s most difficult job. Understandably, no one is always going to be able to do everything they suggest. But they provide a standard that parents we can strive for in doing that job.
We strongly recommend that you click on this Zero to Three website link to read the suggestions it makes.