Positive Parenting Techniques

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Course Description

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 how through positive parenting:

·    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, but is 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

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Introduction to Positive Parenting

You will learn the definition of positive parenting, its driving goals and basic characteristics, and why the movement arose and is growing.

Lesson 2: Major Influences on Positive Parenting

You will learn the major approaches and theories positive parenting draws from which include positive psychology, parenting styles, attachment theory, behaviorism, social learning theory, and child development.

Lesson 3: Importance of Understanding Child Development

You will learn why a solid understanding of how children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively is needed to practice positive parenting; and how children develop with a focus on brain, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

Lesson 4: Establishing a Close Healthy Parent-Child Relationship

You will learn why close healthy parent-child relationships matter, their characteristics, the role of a child’s temperament, and how such relationships develop through warmth, responsiveness, and sensitivity.

Lesson 5: Effectively Guiding Behavior

You will learn the importance of appropriate behavior, the parents’ role in socialization, and how effective positive discipline is practiced using limit setting, reinforcement, and appropriate consequences.

Lesson 6: Fostering Emotional Intelligence

You will learn why fostering emotional intelligence is important in positive parenting, the definition of and what influences emotional intelligence, and about parents as emotion coaches to help children understand and cope with emotions.

Lesson 7: Supporting Cognitive Abilities and Education

You will learn what cognitive abilities are, how much impact parents can have on these, learning theories that shed light on children’s thinking, and the role of education in a child’s success.

Lesson 8: Setting Up for Success

You will learn how positive parenting is more achievable by planning ahead and being prepared through organization and routines, not sweating the small stuff, owning your own feelings and actions, understanding the motivation behavior children’s behavior, the power of playing together, supporting your child as an individual, and building family solidarity.  

Lesson 9: Positive Parenting in Action

You will learn the overarching characteristics of each major developmental period of infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, the middle childhood years, and the teen years; accompanied with a common and authentic scenario in each demonstrating positive parenting as contrasted with not practicing positive parenting.

Lesson 10: Challenges, Putting it All Together, and Resources to Learn More

You will learn about and how to deal with the common challenges often faced when using the positive parenting approach, a recap of the key ideas, and resources for you to continue to learn more about positive parenting and how to implement it in your family.

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz  . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define positive parenting.
  • Describe major influences on positive parenting.
  • Know the importance of understanding child development.
  • Describe methods for establishing a close, healthy parent-child relationship.
  • Recognize effectively guiding behavior.
  • Identify ways to foster emotional intelligence.
  • Define ways to cognitive abilities and education.
  • Know challenges and roadblocks you may encounter when parenting, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Exam 110
Exam 210
Exam 310
Exam 410
Exam 512
Exam 610
Exam 710
Exam 810
Exam 910
Exam 1010
The Final Exam51
Total Points:154

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