Tag: positive psychology

Why the Good Advice in Parenting Books is Often so Hard to Follow, Part II

We weren’t raised this way. Although positive parenting ideas have been around for decades, most of our parents did not believe that respecting, understanding and empathizing with a child’s feelings lay at the heart of parenting; neither did they believe in collaboratively resolving differences with children. More typically, parents of previous generations ignored or dismissed Read More …

The Universal Need for Parental Acceptance

Child development is so complex that there are practically no certainties. There are experienced, well-meaning, well-credentialed experts lined up on all sides of almost every major issue in parenting. This uncertainty and confusion of conflicting expert opinion can leave a parent bewildered. We can thank anthropologist Ronald Rohner, Ph.D. and his colleagues for identifying one Read More …

Cultivating Positive Parenting

Carl Rogers was one of the most important psychologists of the twentieth century and his work, along with that of Abraham Maslow, formed the basis for the creation of today’s Positive Psychology movement. In 1957, Rogers described what he believed were the necessary and sufficient conditions for positive personality development to occur. Fifty years later Read More …