December 4, 2013:
DECIDE: To give your child not too much and not too little attention.
PRACTICE: Write down how much of your time is spent focused on your child.
Do you have enough time left for personal time or couple time with a partner?
Are you looking over your child’s shoulder to make sure she is doing her homework and getting it done perfectly?
Do you go to all your child’s sports practices?
After you have made your notes about your time, consider whether this much of your attention is helping your child become independent or whether it is making her so dependent on you that she won’t be unable to do much of anything without you.
If you think your child needs more independence, and you do too, make a plan for dialing back how much you are involved in every aspect of your child’s life.
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.