Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: You can be matter-of-fact about rules and their consequences.
PRACTICE: Today, when you need to correct your child, practice being calm and matter-of-fact.
Don’t raise your voice. Speak calmly. Explain what you want done n a matter-of-fact way.
If you need to insist on a consequence for bad behavior, stay matter-of-fact. No big crisis. You both knew the rule and the consequence. This is just the way it is.
For example, “I’m sorry you decided to do that and will miss your TV program tonight. I hope you’ll make a better choice and be able to watch tomorrow night.”
This doesn’t sound like “You are a terrible person for breaking the rule.” It just says, “The rule is the rule and you can learn to follow it.”
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.