What exactly is respectful parenting, or otherwise known as positive parenting? Some parents think that it's parenting without spanking, but positive parenting goes much deeper than that. I would say it's a philosophy, a lifestyle, a parenting technique all rolled into one. There are several definitions of positive parenting on the web, but this got to be my favorite - "Positive parenting is focused on developing a strong, deeply committed relationship between parent and child based on communication and mutual respect. Positive Parenting focuses on teaching children not just what but also why."
We have been a respectful parenting household for 3 years now (we started on this journey when T was 1.5 years old), and it was truly a game-changer for us. Prior to respectful parenting, I was pretty lost as a parent. I knew nothing about parenting techniques, I didn't know what parenting style we should adopt, I didn't know what would work for us as a family and what would not.