August 21, 2018
Positive Parenting

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Positive Parenting


Positive parenting stresses the importance of clear communication of parental expectations, collaborative conversations between parent and child, constant praise and reinforcement of desired behaviors, and the avoidance of stern consequences such as physical punishment.  


All of these things, however, do not mean that there is a lack of discipline.  To be a positive parent, one must still acknowledge any poor behavior the child exhibits and correct it.  But, the parent must do this in a manner that is most encouraging, displaying repetitive positive behavior.   The way one chooses to parent will ultimately affect their child, whether short or long term, and in various ways – emotionally, physically, and even socially.  Positive parenting,will not only lead to a positive household for both the parent and child, but will also lead to a positive frame of mind in other life situations they encounter.  


Positive parenting provides the necessary foundation for a child’s success and well-being.  This foundation is vital, especially for when the child begins to mature and go off to school.  Children do best in loving, nurturing, and encouraging environments. Parents who use positivity to raise their child, will ultimately lead them on the right path, by instilling in them a sense of responsibility and consideration for themselves and others.  This will then carry over to the school classroom. The child will have already learned a sense of “wanting to please” from their parents and will ultimately want to please their teacher. With such foundation, the child will feel good about themselves, have the motivation they need to do well in school, and flourish – feeling good about their accomplishments.  Such parenting, will have lasting effects on the child, nurturing them through adulthood making them able to self-monitor themselves and their surrounding environments. The child will ultimately learn to appreciate the respect that was given and look back with deep appreciation for the example.


Music in the Classroom


Incorporating music in the classroom has proven to be beneficial to a student’s success in various ways.  Music not only eliminates the complete quiet or dead silences, but it also provides students with the determination to perform tasks more effectively and efficiently.   Music has the ability to improve a student’s grades, accelerate learning, help retention of material, raise test scores, and reduce stresses and tension a student may be having.  


Playing music while students are completing independent work provides a positive atmosphere, while creating that safe space necessary for the learning process to occur.  The burden of doing work will lessen, and the student will feel very comfortable and more confident in their abilities to complete the necessary work.


While music has proven to be beneficial, it can undoubtedly be a distraction.  A balance is necessary and required. Understanding your class and being mindful of their age group will help you determine which type of music to put on and when it would be most appropriate to do so.  Regardless, music will make learning more fun, engaging, and less burdensome. Children will be more apt to doing more than the requirement and may even look forward to completing more independent tasks.  


Music makes the soul happier.  It will make coming to school more pleasing and much less daunting.  Children need breaks and music is an excellent way to help students relax during a well-deserved break.  Musical games could be a good opportunity for your children to either sing a long, get up and move, or just to take that brain break that we all require to refresh and rejuvenate the brain.  Everyone needs music – even the teacher. After all, “music is a piece of art that goes in the ears straight to the heart.”