Be Responsible “to,” Not “for” Children. (9-15-13)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:         Your child’s behavior is a chance for you to teach and for her to learn.

Practice:     Today, think about this statement: “You are responsible to your children not for them.”

Ask yourself what that statement means to you.  Think about a time your child’s behavior embarrassed you.

Write down some of the reasons you were embarrassed.

Why were you embarrassed?  Did you think others would judge you as a bad parent?

Did you think you were a failure because you thought you had taught your child to never make the mistake that she made?  Did you think you should and could control what your child did or did not do?

Think about how all of the reasons you were embarrassed might connect to you being responsible for your child.

 Write down what you would have felt or done if you were thinking mostly about  being responsible to your child.

For example, should you at that moment shown her what is expected and waited for her to do it?  Should you have removed her from the situation to teach her a lesson and to be respectful of the others in the situation.  Should you have decided what was a reasonable consequence and made sure you stuck to it?

Think about whether any of these reactions or others you might think of could save you some of your embarrassment.


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 2.

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