Thinking for a Minute (8-27-13)


Decide:  You can help children learn to think even when they are scared.

Practice:   Play a game with your child. Ask her to think about something specific – something related to going to school – the school bus, a new teacher, the classroom, lunch, etc. Tell her she has to see if she can “think” about this for one whole minute.

Ask whether it was hard or easy to think for a whole minute and ask what thoughts she had during her minute. Repeat this every so often and notice whether it gets easier to think for a whole minute. This is good practice for her because when you give her the situation, she may have fears sneak into her mind without her even realizing it.

This is an opportunity to train herself to still use her brain and think even when she is scared. When she uses her brain she can more easily focus on real things and not any imagined things that could be part of her fears.

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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