Friday, March 24th, 2017

Guidance for Positive Parenting Practices

It is a little easier as a parent when we are all signing the same song.  Here are some strategies that support the growth of healthy, smart, and well-behaved children.  We have created hyperlinks to other websites and documents that may be helpful to you as you strive to be the positive parent you want to be.

Guidance for Positive Parenting Practices


  • Remember to say “I love you” every day.
  • Give praise when children are doing well.
  • Have regular one-on-one time with each of your children.
  • Have family meals together as often as possible.
  • Monitor your children’s activities.
  • Ask your children about their day and what they did.
  • Know your children’s friends.


  • Set reasonable and realistic goals.
  • Read with your younger children every day.  Encourage older children to read for fun but make sure what they read is age appropriate.
  • Ask your children what is happening in school.
  • Protect homework time in your home.  Turn off television and discourage texting and telephone calls.
  • Become involved in your children’s school and partner with your children’s teachers.


  • Get to know at least five other parents whom you can count on and get their contact information.
  • Welcome calls from other parents or guardians when their children are in your home.
  • Communicate with other parents when your children are in their home to confirm that adults are present and no alcohol or other drugs are allowed.
  • Ask other parents to let you know if they have concerns about dangerous activities your child may be involved in and promise to do the same for them.
  • Volunteer with your family in your community.


  • Insist that car seats, seatbelts, and bike helmets are worn as appropriate.
  •  Talk with your children about the consequences of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, and prescription drug misuse.  There are numerous websites with wonderful information to help you.
    • Drug Free NH
    • The Partnership at Resources for Parents
    • There are also websites designed for teens, but that parents can access to learn about the issues that youth are facing.  You can also look at these websites together with your children:
  • DO NOT allow minors to possess alcohol and other drugs in your home or on your property.
  • When your child is hosting a party, be present and check on their activities.  You and your child should set rules and decide who is to be directly invited ahead of time.
  • Make sure all firearms and other weapons in your home are securely locked away when youth are present.


  • Serve lots of fruits and vegetables and limit sugary drinks.
  • Get your children outside for exercise and fun.
  • Be a good role model.