December 8, 2013:
DECIDE: To help your child get to know someone better
PRACTICE: Select someone that your child seems to have trouble getting along with. Someone she acts jealous of or envious toward.
Arrange some one-on-one time with that person and your child. Or, arrange for your child and that person to work on a school or neighborhood project together.
After each time your child plays or works with the person, talk about what things he learned about the person – what he likes about the person; what’s fun about the person; how the person helped the project turn out well.
Ask whether your child feels better about the person than he used to. If he does, have him talk about why. If he doesn’t, ask why not and help him see how many of his reasons are facts and how many are feelings based on old or imagined things.
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.