Parenting with Restorative Practices

Parenting with Restorative Practices:


  • Authoritarian - Focus on obedience; punishment over discipline
  • Permissive - Don't focus on rules; kids will be kids
  • Uninvolved - Provide little guidance, nurturing or attention
  • Authoritative - Create positive relationship; enforces the rules
  • Restorative Parenting is a good balance of fairness (support) and firmness (control).

  • Authoritarian (TO) parenting is high on firmness and low on fairness.
  • Permissive (FOR) parenting is low on firmness and high on fairness
  • Uninvolved (NOT) parenting is low on both firmness and fairness.
  • Authoritative (WITH) parenting is high on both firmness and fairness


Tips for strengthening family & building trust

  • Clear Practices - make sure your children know what you expect of them. Write out the steps. Review often and post in your common areas within your home, if feasible.
  • Charts - use reward systems to reinforce positive behavior (ex: stay up late, extra screen time or allowance)
  • Circle Up - use mealtimes to discuss how children are doing, to share family news, or to discuss family issues.

  • Check-in/Check-out - make it a habit to check in or check out with your children daily in order to encourage open communication. Use this time to ask about their day and encourage them to ask about your day.

    Nashville Schools Restorative Parenting Video

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