December 1, 2013:
Decide: Adults will be in charge of your family.
Practice: Write down the types of decisions your child makes day-to-day.
Do adults choose their own seats at the dinner table and in the car or does your child tell adults where they should sit based on his desire to be in the window seat or next to a certain person?
Who decides what the family will watch on TV in the evening?
Who decided where your last vacation was going to be?
Who decided what restaurant you went to on your last night out?
If the answer to many of these questions is “my child.” Consider whether this is too much family power in the hands of a child. If so, make a plan for ensuring that family decisions are made primarily by the adults in the family – with the involvement of your child only occasionally when it is appropriate for his age.
Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, SUKI AND MIRABELLA. Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.
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Read the whole story at FIGHTING FOR ATTENTION.