Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To discipline your child like Goldilocks – not too rigid, not too soft, but just right.
PRACTICE: Today, observe the different types of rules and consequences you use with your child.
Think about whether your rules are left over from a day gone by – from older children or even from your own childhood.
Think about whether you are using enough rules or are you just looking the other way on some matters. Likewise, are you enforcing consequences when rules are broken – most of the time, some of the time or hardly ever?
Figure out whether your rules and consequences are right for your child’s age and maturity. Remember that an older child can need “younger” types of rules, and a young child can be ready for “older” types of rules.
Put a number to how much you have been using just-right rules and consequences. Do you think you are 50%, 75%, or 30% in tune with your child’s age and maturity?
Plan to make changes that will make that number be as high as you want it to be. The Parenting Tip on April 10 will give you a chance to see if you have made improvements.
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 III.