Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

Parenting is packed with buzzwords that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ TERM: Positive Parenting

WHAT IT MEANS: "Positive parenting" is a term that emphasizes an encouraging and mutually respectful relationship between parents and children. Positive discipline is based on respect and connection instead of reward and punishment. Rules and routines are important to positive parenting, as is the parent's self-care and confidence. A research-based parenting program (Triple P) has been developed, giving parents practical ways to guide behaviors and build relationships with children from birth through age 16, and has proven effective in families from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

WHERE IT COMES FROM: Dr. Jane Nelson's Positive Discipline was published in 1987. Positive parenting was developed into a formalized, evidence-based program called "Triple P Positive Parenting Program" in 1992 by Matt Sanders of Australia's University of Queensland. For more information, visit triplep-staypositive.net.

-Melissa Boyd