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How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Stress can be tough on kids, especially their brains.

One of the most important things you can do for your child is to be a positive parent.

Positive parenting means being loving and supportive, setting clear rules and expectations, and praising your child when they do good things. It also means listening to your child when they’re upset and helping them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions. Expressing unconditional positive regard evokes confidence, curiosity and intrinsic motivation to succeed.  

Positive parenting isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your child. By following these tips, you can help to protect your child’s brain from the effects of stress and set them up for a successful future.

Here are a few tips for positive parenting:

  • Be loving and supportive. Let children know that you love them and that you’re there for them.
  • Set clear rules and expectations. Kids need to know what’s expected of them in order to feel safe and secure.
  • Praise children when they do good things. It shows them that you appreciate them and that they’re on the right track.
  • Listen to kids when they’re upset and help them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions.
  • Teach coping skills, such as relaxation techniques and problem-solving skills.

Positive parenting can help kids’ brains grow up strong, even if they’re facing stress. Be loving and supportive, set clear rules, praise kids when they do good things, listen to them when they’re upset, and teach them coping skills.

If you’re concerned about a child’s exposure to stress or their development, please talk to a pediatrician or mental health professional. They can provide you with additional support and resources.

1National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (2018). Understanding Motivation: Building the Brain Architecture That Supports Learning, Health, and Community Participation Working Paper No. 14. Retrieved from
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