Appreciating Toys (8-14-13)


AUGUST 14:

Decide:   Your child will share better when he knows he has “enough.”

Practice:   Pay attention today to whether your child is appreciating his toys. Is he taking care of them so they won’t be destroyed?  Is he interested in them, or is he bored? How many times is he saying, “I don’t have anything to do?”  When you see any of these behaviors today:

    • Try organizing the toys, which shows appreciation for the toys and creates new interest in the toys. (See August 7 “Decide and Practice.”)
    • Try helping him see new ways to use old toys.  Sit with him; pick three toys; and think up three new ways to use each of the toys.  You and he will have created nine new toys.  Be sure you are not doing all the thinking; get him to contribute to the new ways to use the toys.

Let us know which tips you like the best or any others you think of that you want to pass along to others.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, KATIE AND THE PUPPY NEXT DOOR.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Kids and Sharing pt 2.

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