Positive Parenting

The moment your child is born, you begin preparing them for independence. That is parenting. It can seem like a big task, but the good news is that it happens in many tiny steps of nurturing, protecting, and guiding.


Explore this page to learn more about positive parenting, discipline tips, and resources. 

Positive Parenting Basics 


There is no such thing as a perfect parent, but there are endless ways to be a good parent. Positive parenting is one approach that involves tailoring your parenting to your individual child’s personality and developmental stage. 

Early childhood can be a challenging time for both kids and parents. Remember that your child is not trying to push your buttons on purpose, but is doing the best they can with the skills they have. For young children, this can mean a lot of crying and acting out while they learn to name their feelings and use their words. By setting loving, firm boundaries and setting clear expectations in a safe, nurturing way, parenting is a lot more likely to be enjoyable for you. Setting this environment for your child early on makes it more likely that they will continue to come to you as they grow older. 

Here are some tips for positive parenting

Focus on the positive

Children need to know what is expected of them. Make sure to tell them when they make you proud or when they are helpful or kind.

Fill your tank

If you are not feeling patient, pause and think about what unmet need you may have. Prioritize caring for yourself.

Forgive yourself

Nobody is perfect and parenting can be stressful. It is ok to have a misstep. The most important thing is to acknowledge it to your child and apologize.

Be a model

The most powerful way to teach your child how to handle tough situations is to model it yourself. We all want empathy and respect, so provide those to your child as well.


Take a few moments a day to play with, read to, or be affectionate with your child. Often, if a child is acting out, they are just craving your attention. 


Positive Parenting FAQs

Who is the lady at the beginning of your videos?

That is Alex Kingston, who plays Professor River Song on Doctor Who. Her character is not in every episode, but when she does show up, her opening line is often "Hello sweetie."

Why "Viced Rhino?" What does it mean?

It mostly means that I am bad at coming up with usernames. I have, in the past, used anagram generators to create a username for myself. In this case, I decided that since I would be opposing creationist material, I thought it would be appropriate to have my channel name be an anagram of a creationist's name. Eric Hovind was the first lucky contestant to have his name typed into the anagram generator, and I liked Viced Rhino so much that I didn't have to type a second creationist name in.

Who is the artist for your avatar/logo/baby rhinos?

My artist goes by the name Furry Skeptic, and can be found on youtube here: http://bit.ly/2D2dJDt

What is a group of rhinos called?

A group of rhinos is called a crash.

How much brain power do rhinos have?

Relative to their body sizes, rhinos actually have rather small brains. This is incredibly useful when it comes to seeing things from the creationist perspective.

Where do you get your backgrounds?

I primarily use a vimeo channel called beeple. I always leave a link in the description to my source for the background, so if I am using something else it will be there.

Were you ever religious? Which religion/denomination?

Yes, I was. I grew up in the United Church of Canada. I was an odd breed of Christian in that I was raised in a very moderate church with a very moderate mother and an atheist father, but I ended up becoming a young Earth creationist. My view was that if god were all powerful, then surely he could make his instruction book to humanity say whatever he wanted it to say, and it would be uncorruptable, so it would make sense in whatever language it was translated into. Therefore, when it says that he created the world in six days, that's what it meant. It didn't take long for me to find the accounts of people having added up the ages of all the people given in the bible, and coming to the conclusion that the Earth is only a few thousand years old. It didn't help that I attended a Christian high school, of the Brethren in Christ denomenation. I don't think the BIC church is officially YEC, but a number of my teachers at the high school definitely were - notably a geography teacher who was almost everyone's favourite teacher would often insert comments into his lessons about things like the ice canopy pre-flood model. When I graduated high school and went off on my own, I ended up at a pentecostal church for several years. I left that church when the pastor started a sermon series on why giving money to the church is important, and made it clear that he wouldn't stop the series until everyone in the congregation was tithing. It was a very small church with only a dozen or so members, and clearly he was just worried about his own income, but after week 7 of being guilted and shamed into giving (which we were already doing), I had had enough. I ended up back in a BIC church, which felt more comfortable. This was the church I attended until I came to terms with atheism and stopped attending all together.

Do you do YouTube full time?

No. I currently work as a server in a restaurant. YouTube is, at this point, what will keep me from having to collect EI for the winter. EI, for those of you who don't know, is Employment Insurance. It's one of the wonderful benefits of living in a country with a social safety net. Every employee in Canada pays an EI premium that is deducted from their paycheck. In return, should you lose you job, you can collect EI for several months so that you can continue doing important things (like eating) while you search for another job. People with seasonal work will often take a layoff for the slow season so they can collect EI.

What equipment/software do you use to make videos?

My PC: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x 16 GB DDR4 Ram MSI GTX 1050 TI graphics card Blue Yeti USB microphone And for software: Audio recording/editing: Reaper Video editing: DaVinci Resolve

How big can rhinos get?

All five rhino species can weigh over 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs). The white rhino can weigh over 3,500 kg (7,700 lbs). This makes them the second largest land mammal after elephants.

Why are you a coward/Why do you hide behind an avatar?

I personally have no aversion to having my face seen. That being said, I do work in a very public job. Should a guest recognize me from my YouTube channel, there is a possibility of negative reprecussions for me. I know the odds of this occurring are tiny, but for now I shall stick to the classic "better safe than sorry" mantra.

Positive Parenting Media Center

Learn About Giving Timeouts

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How Can I Teach My Values?

- Amaze Jr. -

From Feelings to Friendship

- Zero to Three -

Giving Good Directions

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Parenting is a learning process. Here are resources that can help you grow and develop your parenting skills.

Positive Parenting Resources

Family Tree

Parenting classes and other parenting support and education


Circle of Security

2-week positive parenting course 

CDC Parenting Essentials

Online resources with solutions to common parenting challenges through guided videos and scenarios


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Office of Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young,

Baltimore City Health DepartmentFamily League of Baltimore, and HealthCare Access Maryland


Made possible by generous funding from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, City of Baltimore, Maryland Department of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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