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30 Ways to Restore Peace into Your Parenting

30 Ways to Restore Peace into Your Parenting

Parenting is hard and it’s normal to not stay calm 100% of the time. The good news is that kids are forgiving when you apologize and there’s always going to be another chance to restore the peace and reconnect as a parent. Here’s a few practical tips to do just that:


  1. Talk about your own feelings, using descriptive language beyond mad, sad or happy

  2. Allow your child the opportunity to explain their perspective and share their feelings, even when they have disobeyed you

  3. Paraphrase what they said to provide words to label their feelings

  4. Words hold power: use positive and intentional language

  5. Involve your child in volunteering or charitable activities

  6. Talk about empathy and ask them to think about situations from others’ point of view

  7. Give them responsibility and tasks at home

  8. Practice self-care so you have energy to care for others

  9. Apologize when you make a mistake

  10. Show them it’s okay to be imperfect

  11. When possible give your child options

  12. Ask them to help repair something they caused. For example, if they knock something over, ask them to help clean it up

  13. Hug it out!

  14. Set guidelines so they know what is expected of them

  15. Plan a fun ‘date’ night with with each kid

  16. Invest in one-on-one time daily

  17. Recognize accomplishments and focus on positive behavior

  18. Join a community of parents for support

  19. When possible, share a meal together as a family

  20. Make a habit of sharing gratitudes or “Rose and Thorns” for the day- a rose is something good that happened and a thorn is something that hurt them

  21. Get outside together

  22. Find time to talk with your child- while traveling to school or at night before they go to bed

  23. Sing their favorite songs together

  24. Color them a picture/write them a special note

  25. Our thoughts are reflected in our faces, be aware of your expressions

  26. Encourage other adults to invest in your child

  27. Ask questions about your child’s day

  28. Model positive behavior- let them know when you need to cool down

  29. Model positive behavior- be aware of how you talk in the car, on social media or in arguments

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When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
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