Today’s Parenting Tip:
Decide: You can know what is good discipline.
Practice:Today, think about how you discipline your child. Are you setting the right amount of rules and the right type of rules for the age and maturity of your child?
Are you sticking to your rules?
How much freedom do you give him?
The right amount for his age?
Does he handle it well or get himself in trouble too often?
Does he do regular chores?
Does he control the family by making decisions like where to go to eat, what to watch on TV and where to go on vacation?
Do you expect him to learn the life skills that most kids his age are learning?
If you decide that your discipline is weak and undependable, remember it doesn’t mean you don’t love your child. Instead, it means that you need to balance your love.
You need to have higher expectations for your child and to teach him more of what he will need to know to become more and more independent.
Make the adjustments you think you should and balance your love. (These signs of weak discipline are taken from HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehofts.)
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.