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Parenting is both rewarding and challenging. Positive parenting brings together the knowledge and the mindset for parents to meet these challenges. Parenting is more rewarding as parents learn to promote children's natural potential for optimal outcomes.
You will learn through the use of positive parenting how...
·    The interactions between parents and children become more pleasant and peaceful.

·    Children learn to understand and manage their emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

·    Children gain a healthy sense-of-self by feeling competent and accepted.


This course will introduce you to the major theories behind positive parenting. The importance of understanding key aspects of child development is explored. You will learn the importance of a close healthy parent-child relationship and how this can be achieved.

A major focus of positive parenting is effectively guiding children's behavior. You will learn how to do so with positive and peaceful discipline through setting limits, reinforcing appropriate behavior, and natural and logical consequences. This course covers fostering children's emotional intelligence as well as their cognitive abilities, both critically important to their well-being and success.

Parenting is a real-world experience so you will learn how to set up for success when using positive parenting and how to face challenges. The course includes an entire lesson just on positive parenting in action with authentic scenarios across childhood and adolescence. 

This course is perfect for parents, and is also valuable for anyone who cares about and for children such as grandparents, caregivers, and educators. This course will give you the knowledge-base and concrete strategies to use positive parenting right away and with success. 

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Positive Parenting

The central foundation for positive parenting is that parents have a powerful influence on how children thrive and build resilience. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Major Influences on Positive Parenting

We will take a look at seven major influences. These are positive psychology, parenting styles, attachment theory, child guidance, behaviorism, social learning theory, and child development. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 4 Articles: What Is Positive Psychology, and What Is It Not?; Parenting styles: A guide for the science-minded; Review and Criticisms of Attachment Theory; Social Learning Theory
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: The Importance of Understanding Child Development

We will cover the areas in which knowledge is strong and where it is lacking on what parents know about child development. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Child Development And Early Learning Why it is important to share and act on this information; Why study child development?; FOUNDATIONOFCHILDDEVELOPMENT org.
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Establishing a Close, Healthy Parent-Child Relationship

In this lesson we will look at the evidence for how such relationships are connected to optimal child outcomes, their main characteristics, the practices that support them, and how they develop over the course of a child's life. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Building a Great Relationship with Your Child; Parental Relationship Quality And Child Outcomes Across Subgroups
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Effectively Guiding Behavior

A large part of the positive parenting approach is about effectively guiding children's behavior. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How Parents Affect a Child's Socialization; 8 Ways Discipline and Punishment are Not the Same
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Fostering Emotional Intelligence

In this lesson we will look at the definition of emotional intelligence, how the parent can serve as an emotion coach, and the specific skills children need to attain. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: What is Emotional Intelligence and Why You Should Care; Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Supporting Cognitive Abilities and Education

In this lesson, we will look at what makes up cognitive abilities, learning theories, and how to support good educational outcomes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Cognitive Development Domain; Theories of Cognitive Development; 10 Ways to Promote Your Child?s Cognitive Development
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Setting Up for Success

In this lesson, we will cover key areas for parents to work on, including organization and routines, what to ignore, controlling our own emotions and actions, better understanding children�s motivations and needs, and guidelines for effective family communication. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Ten Tips for Successful Positive Parenting; Positive Parent- Anger Management Support; Positive Parenting Solutions
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Positive Parenting in Action

In this lesson we will cover the overarching characteristics of each major developmental period, followed by presenting a common situation in each. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Positive Parenting In Action: Tantrums; Action for Happiness; Positive Parenting: Accept Feelings, Limit Actions
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Challenges, Putting It All Together, and Resources

In the final lesson, we�re going to explore the challenges parents and caregivers often face when using the positive parenting approach. 61 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Complete: Exam 10
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Positive Parenting Techniques
Course Number: 9770422
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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