February 2016 Newsletter from The Positive Parenting Project
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Positive co-parenting

February 2016

This month's newsletter is full of tips for successful co-parenting (whether you are together or apart). There is a discussion on good cop / bad cop parenting, tips for talking about parenting when parents disagree, and a short video on agreeing ground-rules. We also have ideas on maintaining a child-focused approach through divorce and separation and when introducing a new partner. All this plus other news from The Positive Parenting Project!

Good Cop / Bad Cop parenting
One 'strict' parent, one 'soft' parent? The good cop / bad cop parenting pattern is very common but not very helpful and tends to cause conflict between parents (and confusion for children). Here's a few tips to help you find common ground. Read more
Tips for successful parenting discussions
Telling your co-parent s/he is parenting all wrong is a conversation that is unlikely to go well. When parents disagree about parenting, it's important to talk about the issues positively and without recriminations. Here are a few tips to help keep parenting discussions child-centred and blame-free. Read more

Agreeing ground-rules
Setting a few clear ground-rules for children puts you in a really positive place as a parent as it lets children know exactly what behaviour is expected from them. It can also help make sure both parents are on the same page when it comes to the big issues. This short video outlines how ground-rules work best. Read more

Supporting children through divorce and separation
When relationships break up, communication becomes a vital and challenging issue. How are we going to tell the children? What are we going to tell the children? When are we going to tell the children? Helping children through a divorce or separation isn't easy and there are no pain-free solutions. The important thing is to focus on the children needs... Read more
Introducing a new partner to your children
When is the right time to introduce a new partner to your children? How should you go about it? What's the best way to build a new blended family? What about your ex? When it comes to introducing a new partner, there is no guaranteed way to ensure a smooth ride but follow these tips to increase the chances of it working out well. Read more
Parenting teenagers: self-study workbook
The Teen Triple P self-study workbook is a veritable bible for parents of teenagers who want to learn more about positive parenting for teens. How much freedom and responsibility should teenagers be given? How can you best keep them safe? What about rudeness and disrespect? Lots of practical ideas for addressing these thorny issues and more. Find out more
Catch up on these previous editions of The Positive Parenting Project newsletter:
  • 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
  • Essential Reading (May 2015) - tips for engaging kids in reading, plus reviews of parenting books and signposting for children with communication difficulties
  • The Food Issue (Apr 2015) - dealing with picky eaters, healthy eating for positive mental attitude and helping children develop a positive body image
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.