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 reward they like – it could be praise, a small food treat or doing an activity they enjoy. That increases the chance they’ll do it again! 


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 your child’s communication system. If your child uses an additional or alternative communication system, use this as well as speech when communicating with your child.
  • 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.
  • Show your child you love them in ways that make your child feel wanted and secure. Work out what level of physical affection your child is comfortable with. It could be a kiss or a cuddle.

Stepping Stones Triple P’s Seven Steps to Positive Parenting

“Have a positive learning environment” is one of Stepping Stones Triple P’s seven 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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