Discipline: Tell; Don’t Ask. (3-16-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   It’s OK to use your authority as a parent. 

PRACTICE:   Today, track how many times you are asking children questions when you want to give them direction. “Do you want to go to the store with me?” when you mean, “We are going to the store; get your coat on.”

Or, “Can you clean up those toys? Instead of “Clean up the toys now.”

Write down some of the questions you have asked and then re-write them as the direction you intended.

Plan to use directions from now on.

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 II. 

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