By Siddharth Bhatia, co-founder of Learning Through Fun
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Positive parenting for toddlers

By Siddharth Bhatia, co-founder of Learning Through Fun
Parenthood being one of the most crucial phases of our lives, we all want to take the right step towards upbringing and nurturing our child in a healthy manner, especially in the initial stage of growing up. Throughout the journey of Parenting a toddler, the primary objective is to inculcate the habit of positive parenting towards your child.

Positive parenting, in a nutshell, is the practice of preaching positive habits of communicating with different role models to your children. It helps your child learn through experiences and making an effort toward building self-confidence

The key step to positive parenting:

Positive parenting symbolizes seeking and promoting parenting behavior that is most essential for fostering positive attributes to the child. It is focused on developing a strong and deeply rooted relationship between parent and child. There should be communication and mutual respect between them which will help the parent teach the child different aspects but also practice self-control.  As parents, we are living examples to our children and should make sure to share our thoughts and beliefs with them as they grow and help them nurture. In this process, parents will face challenges but the idea is to keep the approach consistent, loving, firm, and supportive for the healthy growth of your child.

Positive parenting is an effective tool for growing kids and when we approach positive parenting into action, you will be confidently shaping your children’s lives today and for many years to come.

Keeping in mind the process of using positive parenting in everyday life to help children become healthy, thoughtful, caring, and authentic adults, there are few principles to positive parenting one can follow:

  • Use a positive tone while communicating
  • Providing them a choice to choose, which helps them control their situations
  • Be consistent, provide a reward or punish the same behavior in the same manner as possible
  • Create a loving environment to promote a feeling of well-being and contentment
  • Setting a positive and realistic expectation from your children, supporting and guiding them to face the negative aspects of the modern competitive world
  • Following a routine will help the child feel more secure and can improve the frequency of desired behaviors. Creating a schedule for your child that includes waking/bedtime, naps, meals, play, reading, and time spent with peers and family


Practicing mutual respect, nonviolent communication and discipline, and most importantly proving love and guidance, helps children feel safe and builds confidence and strength to fight through tough situations in life.

Our experience and studies show that using positive parenting techniques helps create discipline in the child which results in better outcomes in terms of a child’s behavior, emotional growth, academic performance and mental health.

 The crucial relationship:

The Parent-Child Relationship is the most unique bond that helps nourish the physical, emotional, and social development of the child. It lays the foundation for the child’s personality, life choices, depending on their overall behavior towards various situations in life.

Tips on strengthening the relationship:

  • Show unconditional love to your children even in the difficult day, even a “I love you”, “You matter the most to me” etc mean a lot to them and will help strengthen the relationship
  • Being available for your children and making time to talk to your child without any distractions. Even 5-10 minutes in a day can brighten up their day and make them feel comfortable.
  • Play together, as it is one of the important factors for children’s development. Kids develop many skills while playing because it is a fun activity and helps develop emotions, creativity, and social skills.
  • Give them the space to make mistakes and learn from it, let your child make mistakes and give them the opportunity to learn and grow. One should  encourage your child to find a solution, which will help improve their self-esteem and help them to acknowledge and fix their mistakes

Your toddler will start recognizing what is allowed and what is not but will always test the rules to see your reaction, pay attention and praise the behavior you want to inculcate in them and ignore the habits you discourage.  Teach your child not to hit, bite, shout or get aggressive and not encourage any conflict with your partner in a constructive way in front of the child. Avoid taking sides in any argument between siblings.

As a parent, we should remember to give ourselves a timeout if we feel out of control but make sure our child is in a safe place. When you are feeling better, go back to your child, hug each other, and start over.

There is no one right way to raise a child or parenting, one learns with experience. We should filter through the information and support what will work best for you and your child. Do your best, trust yourself and enjoy the company of the small person in your life.

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