Teaching Your Child to Relax (2-17-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   You can teach your child to relax.

PRACTICE:       Today, sit with your child, if he is old enough, and figure out two different things that he thinks would be relaxing for him.

If your child is young, you can think of the things that you think will help your child relax.

Assign one of the ways to each of the next two weeks and practice every day.

Figure out if your child needs you to help him practice or not. For example, he will need help for a massage, but not necessarily for listening to music.

At the end of each week, see whether the technique was helping him learn to relax. If so, ask him how and when he can continue to use the technique.

We would love to hear about successful ideas. They might help someone else. Use our comments section.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE DREAM JAR.  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 the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Getting Kids to Sleep.

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