No Strings Attached (1-11-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:  To love your child with no strings attached.

PRACTICE: Think about whether you send the message that you are only pleased with your child when he looks, sounds, or acts a certain way.

Do you spend more time with him when he is doing the activities you approve of? For example, when he plays football but not when he plays soccer; when she does ballet but not so much when she plays volleyball; when she plays with legos but not so much when she wants to play house?

Do you show your disapproval for things he doesn’t have much control over? For example, how tall he is, how much he weighs, the color of her skin, or how clearly she speaks?

If you answer yes to these questions, make an effort to cut those strings that are attached to your love. Offer your love on a “no matter what” basis. (See Benefits of Balanced Love)

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, WILLOW FINDS A WAY.  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 BULLYING.

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