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.
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.
Do you do YouTube full time?
No. I currently work as a server in a restaurant.
What equipment/software do you use to make videos?
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).
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.
Positive Parenting Media Center
Parenting is a learning process. Here are resources that can help you grow and develop your parenting skills.