Does Your Child Have Too Much? (8-16-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:    You can know whether your child has too much.

Practice:  Today, survey your child’s school shopping list. Answer these questions. (Thanks to Jean Illsley Clarke for connecting these types of questions with knowing what is enough.)

    • Do these clothes or supplies help my child grow and develop based on his age and abilities?  Are they too old for him?  Too young for him?  Do they encourage too much screen time?  Do they encourage enough physical activity?  Enough creativity?  Enough play with others?  Does he take care of his school clothes?  Have I stuck to the supplies the school has identified as needed or have I added more?  Why does my child need more?
    • Do these supplies or clothes require so much of my money or so much family time and attention that other needs or other people are losing out?  If so, can I get what is needed for less money?
    • Are these supplies or clothes about what my child needs or do I need or want him to have them for my own reasons (for example, I wanted them when I was a child; I feel guilty that I work a lot; I am afraid without them my child won’t be popular)?
    • Are these supplies or clothes harmful to others (for example, could hurt another child or are harmful to the environment)?

Use your answers to these questions to help you know whether your child has too much in the way of school clothes or supplies and what you want to do to correct that.

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, OLIVER AND HIS ALLIGATOR.  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 First Days of School.

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