Rate a Child’s Determination. (3-31-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   “Grit” is a good thing.

PRACTICE:   Grit is something that helps a person keep trying to reach his goals – even when big things are getting in the way or when loss and disappointment are involved.

Spend some time today thinking about how much grit your child or a child you care about has developed so far in his life.

Observe his behavior throughout the day or think back about his behavior over several days. Make a list of the times he kept trying to accomplish something even though he had a lot of difficult things to deal with.

Put a star next to any times that were so difficult that you think most kids would have given up. Review the list when you are done and give the child a 1-10 “grit level” rating. Here is the rating system:

1 = “Not much grit; he needs to practice coping with sadness and frustration and work on not giving up.”

5 = “Quite a bit of grit; he overcame a lot of things and is ready to learn even more ways to deal with barriers.”

10 = “Excellent amount of grit; he can overcome most things and knows he is capable of overcoming barriers.”

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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