Since 2008, we have hosted Parent Chats in schools, congregations, and community organizations. A Parent Chat is an informal way to encourage parents and strengthen the families in your congregations and schools. Parent Chats offer parenting tips, resources, and insights in caring for children and provide a place where parents can support each other.
To host a Parent Chat for your organization, e-mail Elizabeth Williams at EWilliams@smartbeginningsshr.org.
Below are a few highlights from Dr. Kersey’s 101 Ways to Positive Discipline:
Modeling - Model the behavior you want to see in your child.
Choice Principle – Give the child two choices, both of which are positive and acceptable to you. "Would you rather tiptoe or hop upstairs to bed?” "We need to clear off our desks. Do you need one minute or two?"
Make a Big Deal principle – Focus on what you want to see more of—make a big deal over responsible, considerate, appropriate behavior - with eye contact, thanks, praise, thumbs-up, recognition, hugs, special privileges, and non-food related incentives.
View all 101 Principles.
As a parent, there are many ways you can support your child’s learning:
- Talk, talk, talk with your children every day.
- Read and tell stories.
- Encourage exploration and play—it’s an important part of the learning process.
- Ask questions and encourage conversation.
Have questions about your child’s development? Check out these helpful websites below:
- The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters—information on your child’s growth and development, parenting and other useful information.
- Sentara Healthcare—childbirth classes, parenting classes and support groups.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics—information on developmental stages, current issues in children’s health, parent resources and children’s advocacy.