Give Your Child an Art Cleanup Chore. (3-4-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:           Chores are good for children.

PRACTICE:       Today, arrange for your child to do an art project and introduce cleanup as a regular chore that will be expected from now on. PICK UP YOUR SOCKS by Elizabeth Crary can help you know what activities are reasonable for your child’s age.

Break the cleanup chore down into parts.  For example, cleanup after putting on a show = putting dress-up clothes back in their containers and putting props and audience seats back where they came from.

For young children, have them do just one part for a few days (for example, just the clothes) and when it is done well most days, move to the next part.  You can gradually add a few of the props, but if the child is young, he will probably always need some help, especially with the seating.

On any days when his part is not done well, calmly ask that he do it over.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.  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 The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part I .

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