Have a positive learning environment

Children need their parents' attention. But that doesn't mean you have to play with them every minute of the day. It's more important that you're there for them when they come to you for help or to talk – even if it's only for a minute or so at a time.


It also helps to be positive about things your child is doing. Pay attention when you see them doing something you like. Give them a little praise or show them you like what they're doing. That increases the chance they'll do it again! A pat on the head or a "Thank you for playing quietly while I was on the phone" is a great way to encourage the behaviour in the future.


Other tips for creating a positive learning environment include:

  • Speak nicely. This shows your children you respect them and teaches them how to speak politely to others.
  • Use "Incidental Teaching." This means teach them when you can. For example, don't just give your child an answer to a question. Prompt your child to talk about it or give them a clue to find the answer themselves. They'll learn more that way.
  • Share your own experiences. Children need practice at listening too. Tell them something about your day or something they may be interested in.
  • Be affectionate. Show your child you love them. Kisses, cuddles and hugs will make your child feel wanted and secure.

Triple P's Five Steps to Positive Parenting

"Have a positive learning environment" is one of Triple P's Five steps to positive parenting. Find out about the others and how they can make parenting easier. Here are some hot parenting topics to get you thinking about how to have a positive learning environment:

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