Balancing Your Love for Your Child (8-26-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:   To increase the messages you give your child that say you care about her.

Practice:  Keep track of the messages you give your child today.

How many were about how much you care? Theses are ones deserved by the child just because he is a human being and all people need to be cared about. (“I’m so glad we can play be together tonight.”)

How many of your messages (things you said with words and things you said with actions) were about something the child did? (“You stayed right with your homework today until you got it done.”)

Think about whether there are enough of the I-care-about-you messages. Remember, you need enough to balance out all the you-did-a-good-thing messages that are or will be happening at school. If you think she should have more care-about-you messages, add more of those over the next few days.

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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