Six Steps to Positive Parenting- from Epiphany Center’s Cheryl Sundheim
July 14, 2014
July is National Purposeful Parenting Month, an ideal time to focus on nurturing strong, positive relationships with your young children. No small feat. It can be challenging to put aside other responsibilities in order to be fully present, letting your baby or child know through your actions and words that they come first.
Epiphany Center’s Parenting Counselor, Cheryl Sundheim shares six science-backed ways to create healthier relationships between parents and children. With a master’s from Mills College’s highly respected Infant Mental Health program (and a mother of two thriving sons now in their twenties), Cheryl is a leading expert in the theory and practice of positive parenting.
1. Take time to simply delight in your baby.
2. Nurture your baby and nurture yourself, too. Pay attention to your own wellbeing. Parents, especially single parents need to be especially mindful of not neglecting their own care. Create time for exercise, a healthy diet, enjoying activities with friends, and plenty of sleep in your routine.
3. Ask for support. Being a parent is wonderful, and it is also hard work – nobody can do it alone.
4. With young children, learn to read your child’s cues and respond to his or her needs promptly and appropriately. You can’t spoil a young baby!
5. Focus on the progress you are making now, not on the mistakes you may have made in the past.
6. Be consistent and provide predictability for your child. Consistency builds a sense of trust and security, while solidifying a strong parent-child relationship.