Ask Your Child to Tell You a Story. (9-11-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:  Storytelling is a useful parenting tool.

Practice:   Ask your child to tell you a story.  After the story, ask questions about what she liked about the story she told.  Tell her what point you got from the story and ask if that is what she wanted you to think about.  Discuss the story.

For example, if she tells a story about a kid who gets to do whatever he wants, ask her what it would be like at home if that kid never had any rules to follow.  Suggest things that wouldn’t be good for the kid in that situation.  For example, would he make himself sick eating too much candy?

Keep the discussion about the kid in her story, not about your child.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, I WILL LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT.  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 LOVE YOUR KIDS NO MATTER WHAT, PART 1.

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