What Your Child Misses While at School (8-19-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:    You can help your child deal with missing special things because of school.

Practice:    Make a list today of the special things you know your child will miss while at school (blanket, toy, TV show, mom-time, a friend). Make a plan with her about a few of those things so she can count on these pleasures at other times. For example,

  • Assure her that her toys will be in their usual place waiting for her return. If there is a younger child still at home, let the school-age child select an off-limits toy or two. For more about personal toy space, search “personal zone,” click on “continue reading” and scroll down to “Playtime Sharing.”
  • Make a plan for taping a favorite TV show and for when she can watch it.
  • Make a plan for special one-on-one time with mom or dad. Watching the favorite TV show together would be a good idea.
  • Make a plan for playtime with a missed friend.

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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