Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: You can give directions to children rather than asking them questions.
PRACTICE: Today, refuse to ask questions (Are you going to take out the trash?) when you mean to give your children direction (Take out the trash now.).
If you catch yourself ready to ask a question, or hear a question come out of your mouth, back up and try again.
Even if, you have actually asked the question, you can say, “That’s not what I meant to say.” Then, give the straightforward direction you meant to give.
Remember, children will want to test your authority, especially if they are not used to getting straightforward directions.
Insist on good behavior and use consequences for rules broken.
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.