Parenting Matters ... learn and grow together

At Parenting Alliance of Waterloo Region, we believe in the following shared principles:

  • Parent(s) are their child’s first teacher and they know their child best, recognizing that children are capable and competent and able to take part in the learning process as a partner.
  • Parenting is a life-long learning process.
  • Positive parenting emphasizes the importance of parent(s) engaging with their children to develop positive strategies for expressing their emotions, understanding their temperaments, and managing their behaviours.
  • Positive parenting contributes to supporting optimal child development throughout the ages, recognizing the importance of the impact in the early years.
  • Positive parenting is a proactive, non-violent and non-punitive approach that strengthens relationships between parent(s) and children.
  • Positive parenting invests in the wellness of parent(s), therefore investing in the wellbeing of children.
  • Positive parenting supports need to be accessible for all children and their families.
  • Positive parenting supports provide opportunities to enhance connections between parent(s), their peers, and their communities.


The exploration of a comprehensive approach to positive parenting in Waterloo Region was initiated by a recommendation from the One Stop Planning of Services for Young Children and their Families through Multi-use Community Sites (One Stop) research project conducted by Region of Waterloo Public Health.

This recommendation led to the planning of a community-wide forum to discuss the interest and possibility of working together on a comprehensive approach to positive parenting in Waterloo Region.

The Parenting Alliance of Waterloo Region began meeting in the spring of 2011 and has become a thriving community based initiative for positive parenting.


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