What is Positive Parenting?
Positive parenting is a parenting approach that emphasizes growth and learning by providing responsive and intentional care and clear, consistent rules and expectations through open communication with children. It is a way to guide children towards understanding why certain behaviors are acceptable and why some are not.
Parents, caregivers, and teachers can be helped in managing child behavior problems using effective, age-appropriate, and non-violent disciplining strategies and positive parenting methods like positive encouragement, problem solving, socio-emotional coaching, and developmentally responsive supervision.
For over a decade now, different child rights organizations have pushed for the legal prohibition of corporal punishment or the physical and humiliating punishment of children, and the promotion of positive and non-violent discipline or positive parenting.
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What is the Positive Parenting Bill?
The Positive Parenting of Children's Act in the 19th Congress was filed in the HOR and the Senate. The following are the salient features of the bill:
- Development of a Comprehensive Program to Promote Positive Parenting with DSWD and DILG as co-lead supported by a continuing information dissemination campaign conducted nationwide led by PIA, DSWD for parents and guardians, DILG NBOO for local government officials, PNP for law enforcement personnel, DepEd, CHED, Tesda for teachers
- No child shall be subjected to physical and humiliating or degrading acts as a form of punishment in all settings
- Report on PHP may be filed by any person having personal knowledge of the commission of the act to the police or barangay or both. If committed in the school setting, the guidelines formulated by DepEd and the ECCDC council in consultation with student organization, BPTA, and teachers’ unions
- Interventions shall be mediation and conciliation and in exteme cases when the safety of the child is at stake, recommend for the issuance of barangay protection orders taking into consideration the best interest of the child
- In case of repeat offenders, the Punong Barangay will require offender to (1) undertake seminar on positive parenting, anger management and children’s rights; (2) undergo counselling or therapy; and/or (3) avail of rehabilitative services as may be applicable
- Nothing shall prevent filing of appropriate criminal cases if offense committed is punishable under the Revised Penal Code or special laws
- Intervening persons acing in good faith and intervenes without using violence or restraint necessary to ensure safety of the child shall be immune from liability
- All records pertain to the commission of PHP on a child are confidential
- Specific duties and responsibilities to relevant implementing agencies enumerated in the proposal
- Budgetary allocation for the implementation of the Act to be included in the GAA, and the internally generated funds of the LGU
- Periodic review on implementation after three years and every five years thereafter