The Power of Positive Parenting

I have alluded several times to a part of my education that has been a tremendous help to my ministry. When I went to Harding I majored in psychology and went on to work on a Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida (which I withdrew from to do ministry). I specialized in clinical child psychology and did a lot of work with parenting, specifically, teaching parents how to be play therapists for their children. I want to pass on some parenting help in a series called The Power of Positive Parenting.

Several of the topics we will be covering will include: Discipline, Modeling, Expectations, Boundaries, Consistency, Attention as a Reinforcer, The Power of the Positive Opposite, and Dealing with Non-Compliance. There may be a few more and some may be combined but all the posts will focus on principles and practical application.

What other topics would be helpful to you?

Here are the parts so far:
Part 1 – Defining Discipline
Part 2 – Understanding Functional Behavior
Part 3 – The Power of Attention
Part 4 – Noncompliance and Commands
Part 5 – 7 Rules for Consistent Parenting
Part 6 – Getting Past Your Past


About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

3 Responses to The Power of Positive Parenting

  1. Mark says:

    This is something that I know nothing about. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts on this.

  2. Philip says:

    How about something on only-children? Or children that are excessively self-absorbed or narcissistic? Or children who are overly dependent on their parents & don’t associate well with others outside of their particular family unit?

    Not that I have anyone in mind! Not at all!

    (I’m totally fibbing. I absolutely have someone in mind.)

    This will be an awesome blog series! I’ll be E-mailing the good ones (which will quite likely be all of them) to my parent friends. Great idea, Matt.

  3. mattdabbs says:


    I will have to see what I can dig up on that. That is not on the top of my brain as much as a few other things but I will see what I can do.

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