Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To set rules and consequences just right for your child.
PRACTICE: Think about your child’s age and maturity.
How good is she at following rules? Does she make good choices about her behavior?
In the areas where you think she is mature enough, sit with her and make some family rules and decide on the consequences that will best fit the situation if the rules are broken.
In areas where you think she is too young to help decide these things, you should develop the rules and consequences and talk them over with her so she fully understands them.
Be careful to enforce these rules. It is typical for children to test rules when they are first put into place.
If you are doing this for more than one child, consider each one as an individual. Even children the same age can’t always handle the same expectations.
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.