The Positive Parenting program at Seattle Children’s Hospital works to promote positive parenting by supporting parents in the community, patient families, and staff who are parents or work with parents with information and events. Positive parenting is essentially a movement from raising children with the use of punishment and shame (including spanking) to a relationship-based approach to raising kind, cooperative children with their long-term social emotional health in mind.

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 3, 2017

Helping Parents Pause: Three Simple Steps for Reducing Frustration With Children’s Behaviors 

Studies show that typical discipline techniques (e.g., time-outs, counting to three, rewards, etc.) don’t work in the long term. So why are providers still recommending them to parents? When it comes to reducing a child’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) score and increasing resiliency, the parent–child relationship is critical and is built in small, everyday moments. In this presentation led by Tracy Crutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science learn a perspective-shifting method parents can use to avoid power struggles, build their children’s self-confidence and stay calm.

  • Speaker: Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science
  • Time: 12–1 p.m.
  • Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Cost: Free

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tantrums, Defiance and Yelling, Oh My! Three Simple Steps for Managing Tough Moments With Little Kids 

Your kid doesn’t listen. Bedtime takes forever. You’re tired of yelling. What can you do? Typical discipline techniques don’t work in the long term. Learn a perspective-shifting method you can use, in any situation, to avoid power struggles, build your child’s self confidence, and stay calm.

  • Speaker: Tracy Cutchlow, author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science
  • Time: 7–8 p.m.
  • Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
  • Cost: Free

Positive Parenting Resources

Apps and online tools

VROOM  

App and website with daily activities. “Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.”

  • Resource type(s): App, website
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, Spanish

Love, Talk, Play 

Website offers activities, signup for weekly tip emails, and free posters/handouts for providers with ideas for everyday ways to love, talk and play with your baby or toddler to foster healthy attachment and social-emotional development.

  • Resource type(s): Website, weekly emails, free handouts and posters
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Somali

Zero to Three  

Dense online resource and app. Website offers tons of info on early development and parenting through articles and handouts, and app offers tips on supporting brain development and social emotional well-being through everyday activities. Great information on specific topics like discipline and limit setting and positive parenting approaches.

  • Resource type: App, weekly emails, website
  • Age group: 0 to 3
  • Language(s): English, limited Spanish

Parent Help 123 

Accessible info and resources to connect with social services (food and health benefits), search for local classes and support and call a free hotline for help understanding and accessing these resources. Lots of info about child development, breastfeeding and immunizations as well.

  • Resource type: Website, help hotline
  • Age group: All ages
  • Language(s): English, Spanish

The Alderian Parenting Calendar (PDF) 

A PDF calendar of parenting resources and classes curated with a lens of positive parenting best practices. Searchable by language, area of Puget Sound, topic, etc.

  • Resource type: Online calendar
  • Age group: All ages
  • Language(s): English (searchable in other languages)

Parenting books

Children’s books to encourage cooperation