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Using Positive Psychology To Raise Our Kids Better

A very strong correlation exists between a parent’s parenting style and the overall well-being of the child. Positive Psychology based models help raise an emotionally mature and confident child. Let's see how!

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Using Positive Psychology To Raise Our Kids Better

Nandita Kochar

There are an infinite number of methodologies available about how to raise our kids. And one of them is the positive psychology approach which focuses on the positive emotions, traits, values of a person in order to help a person grow. It comes from a place of strength rather than deficit. 

Positive psychology helps parents understand that they must not focus on their child’s weakness all the time. But they must bring their attention and nurturing skills onto a child’s strengths and positive characters in order to ensure development of both mind and body. And while doing this, please remember that the positives of your child might differ from those of the child next door; so please focus on those of your child rather than making your kid aspire to the positives of this neighbourhood child. 

Once you know what the positive traits of your child are, please remember to reinforce these through positive reinforcement. Children are quick to grasp behaviours and retain qualities which receive genuine appreciation. Teamwork can be praised when the siblings clean their rooms together. Honesty can be appreciated when the kid truthfully tells you about a mistake he/she did at school or when the kid tells you how he/she actually feels about a certain situation. When such praise is sent the child’s way, he/she develops an inner sense of confidence. 

And as parents, you must always tap into your own strengths on a daily basis and especially during hard times. The child will learn from you more than you think. And also please remember to always stay optimistic, especially during tough times!

And hopefully, both you and your child will come out being more resilient! 

A very strong correlation exists between a parent’s parenting style and the overall well-being of the child. And positive psychology based models help raise an emotionally mature and confident child.


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