Encouraging Your Child

Quick Parenting Tips

These "Quick Parenting Tips" have been written by our staff and Pediatric Web regarding common childhood behavior issues.  For more in depth parenting advice, see the many websites and books recommended by our staff on our Behavior / Parenting page.

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Encouraging Your Child

Our hectic, busy lives often leave us with little time to appreciate the magic of encouragement in our children's development of self-esteem. It’s easy to get stuck in the “don’t do that” mentality. Positive strokes and expressions of love often are forgotten and replaced with negative reprimands. When appropriate, try to let your child know when they are doing something right. If they are struggling with something, recognize small steps toward success. When correction is needed, try to phrase it in a positive manner. Rather than saying, “Don’t leave your toys all over the floor” – try saying, “It’s time for you to put your toys away.” And don’t forget a thank you and hug when the task is completed!

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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