April 2016 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Positive parenting strategies: a round up

April 2016

This month's newsletter is all about practical positive parenting strategies for every eventuality. There are tips for making reward charts work and an introduction to behaviour contracts for teenagers, guidance on using ground rules, a plan for tackling teenage tantrums, a reminder to Only Ask Twice and suggestions on fun family activities for building positive relationships. All this plus other news from The Positive Parenting Project!

Making reward charts work
Reward charts are a fantastic positive parenting tool for encouraging new behaviour. Follow these simple rules to make reward charts work well and avoid reward-dependence. Read more
Using behaviour contracts with teenagers
When it comes to teenagers, a sticker chart is not going to do the trick. A more grown-up approach is required. One version of this is a behaviour contract. Read more

Setting ground rules
Ground rules are a brilliant way of helping children focus on what 'good' looks like and helping them do it more often. Read more

Staying Calm: only ask twice
One of the greatest challenges in parenting is to stay calm in the face of frustration. Not easy when patience isn't your greatest virtue... But patience isn't really the answer. What's the real secret of calm parenting? Only ask twice.... Read more
Handling emotional teenagers
Teenagers can go from nought to ten out of the blue, sometimes over quite trivial triggers. And they often express their emotions forcefully - not very comfortable when you are the one in the firing line. Here are a few tips to help you stay calm and defuse the situation. Read more
High quality family time
Spending time together with your children doing something you all enjoy is an essential ingredient in maintaining good relationships. Check out this round up of ideas for spending high-quality high-energy family time with older children. Read more
Parenting courses for busy parents
After If you would like to know more about positive parenting, why not check out our online parenting course and parenting self-help workbooks
Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • Making the most of time with your children (March 2016): tips for enjoying family time and maintaining boundaries without conflict
  • Positive co-parenting (February 2016): tips for working as a team with your co-parent, whether you are together or apart
  • Parenting without shouting (December 2015): encouraging co-operation, communicating with teenagers and what to do when parents disagree
  • Balancing work and family (November 2015): practical parenting solutions to improve your work-life balance and make the most of time with your children
  • Supporting learning and development (October 2015) - ideas to boost reading skills, handling homework and tips to get them talking
  • Sleep issues (August 2015) - developing healthy sleep habits in preschoolers and teenagers and parents too!
  • Children's brains (July 2015) - what every parent needs to know about children's brains to decode their behaviour and support learning
  • Reducing Conflict (June 2015) - strategies for managing fighting and aggression and sibling conflict, plus anger management for adults and teens
The Positive Parenting Project is a social enterprise that promotes positive long term outcomes for children by supporting parents/carers to use effective parenting strategies and create a family environment that meets everyone's needs.